Line construction: Crane Institute to host Final Crane Operator Regional Qualifier

Construction equipment: Crane Institute of America will host the Midwest Regional Qualifier, the last and final regional event for the 2014-2015 Crane Operator & Rigger Skills Competition, prior to the Crane Operator & Rigger Championship.

The Midwest Regional skills competition takes place in Louisville, Ky., on Sept. 28. The best two operators will advance to the Championship the next day at the ICUEE Demo Expo. Finalists from around the country will compete for the $10,000 Grand Prize.

Operators will compete on an Altec AC45-127 boom truck, sponsored by Altec, Inc. The crane will be set up on SafetyTech®DR42-2 outrigger pads supplied by DICA. Competition standards and scoring are designed by Crane Institute Certification and administered by CIC Practical Examiners. The competition includes three crane operation challenges to assess load handling skills. An additional 20 percent of the overall score assesses the operator’s knowledge of basic rigging principles including inspection and selection of appropriate rigging, designed by Columbus McKinnon Corp.

Crane Institute of America will award cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 to the top three, and admission to ICUEE to the top two regional finishers. Space is limited. Priority given to pre-registered operators. $50 registration fee per operator.

Date: Sept. 28, 2015
Location: Papa John's Cardinal Center
Green Lot C, S. Floyd Street, Louisville, Ky.
Enter parking lot from Floyd St., South of Central Ave.
Register at www.cicert.com/news/regional-events/

About Crane Institute
For almost 30 years Crane Institute of America, Sanford, Fla., has offered training for operators, inspectors, safety managers, lift directors, and riggers and signalpersons working with mobile cranes, overhead cranes, tower cranes, aerial lift and forklifts. It is an authorized CIC written and practical exam testing site.

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