Top Trainers Recognized in Ninth Annual Award Program

With the crane operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction final rule going into effect in November 2017, quality crane training is more important than ever. Technology-based training tools, like computer-based simulators and virtual reality, aid the process, but the real heroes are the men and women who bring the classroom to life.

Each year, Crane Hot Line recognizes industry trainers for having a positive impact on students, the work environment, or the industry. They do this through the use of innovative training techniques or hands-on instruction, by encouraging peer or corporate accountability, and/or through quantitative or anecdotal evidence that shows successful training.

ralf20notheisCorporate Top Trainer
Ralf Notheis

In 2016, the Corporate Top Trainer Award went to Ralf Notheis, manager – Crane Academy, Bigfoot Crane Co. Inc., Abbotsford, British Columbia. He represents Corporate Trainers who work for companies such as suppliers, dealers, contractors or rental companies, and provide crane and rigging training to their customers and/or employees.

With more than two decades of experience in the heavy equipment industry, Ralf Notheis has the knowledge and personality to take a complicated subject and relate it to a group of trainees, no matter what course they are studying. His background, which includes positions at Canada’s largest crane rental companies, has given him the practical experience and technical expertise that are highly sought after in crane and rigging training. Ralf creates his own teaching materials using real-life scenarios to make the material relevant. His theory content covers everything from correct maintenance procedures to always being early so that mistakes are not made while rushing to make up lost time. To date, not one of Ralf’s students has been involved in a serious incident.

matt20schmittProfessional Top Trainer
Matt Schmitt

Matt Schmitt, Instructor – Overton Safety Training Inc., Aloha, Ore., was recognized as the 2016 Professional Top Trainer. Schmitt represents Professional Trainers working for companies that are primarily engaged in training activities.

Communicating a complex technical subject in a simplified manner has gotten Matt Schmitt far in his training career. His knowledge of technical lifting combined with his unique style of teaching has enabled him to bring clarity to a group of students who may not have passed a difficult certification process without expert instruction. Matt was tasked with bringing up to speed crane operators who must comply with Chicago city rules and regulations. Many students have a primary language other than English, and their background is in material delivery with limited education on other types of equipment. Using some of Overton Safety Training’s base materials, Matt worked with the operators to develop a training program that improved their previous training and testing by more than 200%.

Six other trainers received Honorable Mention recognition. Far more than a conciliatory prize, these individuals are excellent trainers, worthy of recognition.

Corporate Honorable Mention

  • Chris Smith, Director of Training and Corporate Service Manager, Morrow Equipment Co.
  • Don Horn, Senior Technical Trainer, Link-Belt Construction Equipment
  • Larry Petkovsek, Lifting Specialist, Mazzella Lifting Technologies

Professional Honorable Mention

  • Amanda Jordan, Vice President of Operations, American International Crane Bureau (AICB)
  • Don Childers, Owner, Nationwide Equipment Training
  • Jesse Garcia, Instructor/Inspector, Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau (CICB)

Endorsed by the ACRP, the 9th Annual Training Excellence Awards are supported by the following sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor: Lifting Gear Hire

Gold Sponsors: Rigging Institute and Slingmax Rigging Solutions

Silver Sponsors: Altec Sentry, Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau (CICB), Terex, Mazzella Companies, and Morrow

Bronze Sponsors: Stephenson Equipment Inc. and the American International Crane Bureau (AICB)

ACRP has provided a complimentary registration to its 2017 General Assembly to the two Top Trainers, and winners are recognized in an award ceremony at the meeting. Corporate and Professional Top Trainers also receive a scholarship, made possible through donations by the 2016 sponsors. Scholarships may be used by the recipient for continuing education, or donated to a student.

Trainers Honored for impacting Crane & Rigging Safety Culture

Patrick Clark, National Rental Support Manager for Lifting Gear Hire, and Jeffery Ellis, Instructor and Field Services Manager for Crane Tech LLC, have been named 2015 Top Trainers by the Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals (ACRP) and Crane & Rigging Hot Line.

Clark represents Corporate Trainers, who work for companies such as suppliers, dealers, contractors or rental companies, and who provide crane and rigging training to their customers and/or employees. Lifting Gear Hire, Bridgeview, Ill., is a national rental provider of rigging and material handling equipment.

Ellis represents Professional Trainers working for companies that are primarily engaged in training activities. Crane Tech, based in Brandon, Fla., has provided crane and rigging training since the 1970s. It is a full-service training, certification, lift planning, and inspections provider.

Endorsed by the ACRP, the 8th Annual Training Excellence Awards are supported by Platinum Sponsor Crane Institute Certification; Gold Sponsors Rigging Institute and Slingmax Rigging Products; Silver Sponsors Terex, Southwest Industrial Rigging, and Altec Sentry; and Bronze Sponsors Stephenson Equipment Inc. and Morrow; and Supporting Organization Institute for Safety and Health Management.

Commenting on the wide variety of nominations received from various sectors in the hoisting industry, Nelson Plumb of Crossland Construction and a member of the judging panel, said: “We need better trained people who are willing to be trained by the best trainers in order to meet the demand for skilled craft workers. There are a large number of men and women in the workforce who don’t realize they have the talent to become top trainers. Tapping into this resource may be the greatest challenge our industry faces today.”
Corporate Top Trainer

Patrick Clark
Patrick Clark

Clark was selected for his initiative in writing custom training programs for hundreds of rigging and material handling products that LGH offers, then using technology to expand the availability of that information. “There are any number of off-the-shelf programs Pat Clark could use in his rigging training. Instead he’s chosen to write his own program, tailored to the safety needs of his company’s employees and clients. He’s carried his efforts to the entire industry through his YouTube training video series,” commented one Top Trainer judge.

 

Professional Top Trainer

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Jeff Ellis

Ellis was selected for repeatedly displaying care in improving the overall safety of a situation, even when correcting the condition of equipment, processes, or knowledge of employees not a part of his original task as a trainer. “Jeff Ellis’s knowledge and experience allow him to gain the trust and respect of people at all levels of organizations to impact positive changes, often beyond the scope of the training he was hired to do,” said one judge.

Judges evaluated each nomination on a scale of 1 to 10 in each of the following areas:

  • Use of innovative or hands-on instruction;
  • Encouraging peer or corporate accountability;
  • Evidence that training was successful; and
  • Overall impact on the students, environment, or industry.

Six other trainers received Honorable Mention recognition. Far more than a conciliatory prize, these individuals are excellent trainers, worthy of recognition.

Corporate Honorable Mention                                                 Professional Honorable Mention

Gary Campbell, Allegiance Crane & Equipment                   Carl Whitaker, Crane Institute of America

Bryan McClure, LPR Construction                                              Yannick Morin, KRANING Inc.

Al Abel, Mazzella Lifting Technologies                                     John Mormann, Southern Illinois Carpenters Training Center

 

Clark and Ellis will receive complimentary registration and travel expenses to the 2016 ACRP General Assembly to be held May 10-13 in Chattanooga, Tenn., where they will be presented with a trophy during an awards ceremony. They will also be granted $2000 scholarships, made possible through funding provided by the 2015 sponsors. All of those recognized receive free registration to a future Crane & Rigging Conference hosted by Crane & Rigging Hot Line.

 

2016 Top Trainer

Nominations can be made year round at http://www.toptraineraward.com. The first 30 individuals making a nomination will receive a 2016 Hot Line Crane Guide. Nominations received after July 31 will be considered for the following year’s Top Trainer award. Learn more at www.toptraineraward.com.

 

About the Companies

Since 1997, Crane & Rigging Hot Line has been the leading national marketplace for the crane industry. Published monthly, the magazine offers readers a broad mix of topics related to current issues, new products, and job applications. It is read by more than 80,000 crane and rigging professionals in heavy construction, specialty trades, crane and heavy equipment rental, mining, manufacturing, and equipment sales. www.craneandrigginghotline.com

 

Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals (ACRP) is a non-profit association whose mission is dedicated to improving crane operations and rigging activities in all industries. This is accomplished by providing educational opportunities to its members and the public. The association holds an annual General Assembly meeting. ACRP works to develop national quality standards for the training and qualification process of crane oper­ators and riggers. www.acrp.net

2014 Trainers Receive Awards at ACRP General Assembly

Each year, Crane & Rigging Hot Line and the Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals (ACRP) recognize two crane and rigging industry trainers—a Corporate Trainer and a Professional Trainer—who use innovative instruction, encourage responsibility among their peers or companies, and make a positive impact on their students, environment, and industry.

In May, the 2014 Top Trainers were presented with their awards at ACRP’s annual meeting, which was held in Kansas City, Mo. The winners included Corporate Top Trainer Nelson Plumb of Crossland Construction and Professional Top Trainer Sam Smith of North American Crane Bureau.

Nelson Plumb
Nelson Plumb

Plumb, an operator, trainer, and lifting and rigging advisor, provides an individualized approach to training, which equates to a 95% success rate for students seeking nationally accredited certifications. “His passion for lifting safely, efficiently, and correctly, followed by his communication with students even after the training is over, is what sets him apart as a trainer,” said Katie Parrish, editor of Crane & Rigging Hot Line, who presented the awards at the ACRP General Assembly.

Sam Smith
Sam Smith

Although Smith, training manager for NACB, has conducted more than 500 training seminars across the globe, he connects with each student through a combination of hands-on demonstrations, learning, exercises, and lectures. “His professional experience in the military and with companies serving the defense industry helps shape the training he conducts,” Parrish said.

Nominate a Crane or Rigging Trainer

Deadline July 31, 2015 ● www.toptraineraward.com

The following companies are providing financial sponsorship for the 2015 annual training excellence awards program. Additional sponsorships available. For information, 515-574-2312 or jstark@hcgi.media.

  • Gold Sponsors Rigging Institute LLC and Slingmax Rigging Products
  • Silver Sponsors Terex and Altec Sentry
  • Bronze Sponsor Stephenson Equipment Inc.

Also supporting the program to its members is the Institute for Safety and Health Management.

One trainer in each category—Corporate and Professional—will be honored. Who is eligible? Crane or Rigging Trainers, Craft Instructors, Safety Directors, CTE Instructors from Contractors, Equipment Dealers, Rental Companies, Rigging Suppliers, Manufacturers and Training Companies.

Winners receive complimentary registration to the 2016 ACRP General Assembly and Workshop, where they will be presented with a trophy during an awards ceremony. They will also be granted $2000 scholarships to be used for educational purposes. Both winners and those receiving Honorable Mention will receive free registration to attend the next scheduled Crane & Rigging Conference. The first 30 people making a nomination will be sent a 2015 Hot Line Crane Guide, featuring data on crane models from more than 100 manufacturers, circa 1950 to 2014. 

Tips for Making a 2015 Nomination

  • Clear communication and documentation supporting the trainer’s qualities and accomplishments, such as letters from customers, trainer evaluations, and the trainer’s resume.
  • Supporting evidence of the trainer’s positive impact on students, the work environment, or the industry through evaluations or comments from trainees.
  • Evidence of the trainer’s use of innovative training techniques or hands-on instruction.
  • Proof of how the trainer encouraged peer or corporate accountability.
  • Any other examples of quantitative or anecdotal evidence that training was successful.
  • While recognition is not a popularity contest, it is helpful when multiple nominations are made for an individual, providing varying personal testimony from colleagues or students.

 

About the Companies

Since 1997, Crane & Rigging Hot Line has been the leading national marketplace for the crane industry. Published monthly, the magazine offers readers a broad mix of topics related to current issues, new products, and job applications. It is read by more than 80,000 crane and rigging professionals in heavy construction, specialty trades, crane and heavy equipment rental, mining, manufacturing, and equipment sales. www.craneandrigginghotline.com

 

Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals (ACRP) is a non-profit association whose mission is dedicated to improving crane operations and rigging activities in all industries. This is accomplished by providing educational opportunities to its members and the public. The association holds an annual General Assembly meeting. ACRP works to develop national quality standards for the training and qualification process of crane operators and riggers. www.acrp.net

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