Phoenix Crane Recognized for Commitment to Crane Safety

[Mableton, April 14, 2019]— Phoenix Crane Rental was commended today by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) as having demonstrated its commitment to safety by hiring CCO-certified personnel. By participating in NCCCO’s Committed to Crane Safety program(s), Phoenix Crane Rental demonstrates that it strives for excellence in its hiring and training efforts and works hard to earn, maintain, and protect its safety reputation in the industry.

Crane operators, signalpersons and riggers receive recognition for their knowledge and skill related to safe crane operations when they are issued a CCO certification Phoenix Crane Rental, has also expended time, effort, and resources to obtain certification for its crane operators and NCCCO recognizes this commitment to safety through its Committed to Crane Safety programs.

“NCCCO’s Committed to Crane Safety program is a means for safety-conscious employers such as Phoenix Crane Rental to show their clients, potential clients, and employees that they are serious about crane safety and that they have taken proactive steps to ensure that their employees have the knowledge and skills to perform their assigned job duties safely,” said NCCCO Executive Director Graham Brent. “NCCCO is delighted to welcome Phoenix Crane Rental into this pre-eminent group of companies who have distinguished themselves in their dedication to crane safety through their commitment to professional training and CCO certification,” he said. 

 Phoenix Crane’s participation in the Committed to Crane Safety program(s) brings with it significant ways for Phoenix Crane to differentiate itself. Phoenix Crane now has the rights to use the exclusive CCO “Proudly Employing” logo(s) in its promotional literature, advertising, and media releases. Phoenix Crane also received a commemorative plaque for each of the programs it participates in and will be nationally recognized for its achievement on the NCCCO Committed to Crane Safety company directory and in the CCOnline newsletter.

To qualify for the Committed to Crane Safety programs, Phoenix Crane Rental was required to demonstrate its commitment by providing information about its crane safety policies such as the percentage and/or number of operators and other workers who are CCO-certified, a copy of its hiring policy regarding CCO certification, and the number of years the policy has been in place. Phoenix Crane Rental’s recognition is valid for one year after which an opportunity for renewal is provided.


The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is an independent, non-profit organization established in 1995 by industry to develop and administer a nationwide program for the certification of crane operators and related personnel. Since then NCCCO has administered over 1,200,000 nationally accredited written and practical examinations and issued more than 420,000 certifications to individuals in all 50 states.

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Crane Hand Signals

A construction site is a noisy place to work, which makes nonverbal communication absolutely crucial for the job. The accepted method for the industry is hand signals. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, actually requires a signal person be on every single site.  All of our operators, oilers, drivers and mechanics are familiar with these signals, and we want to make sure you are too.



With forearm vertical, forefinger pointing up, move hand in small horizontal circles.


With arm extended downward, forefinger pointing down, move hand in small horizontal circles.

Use Main Hoist

Tap fist on head; then use regular signals.

Use Whipline

Tap elbow with one hand; then use regular signals.

Raise Boom

Arm extended, finger closed, thumb pointing upward.

Lower Boom

Arm extended, finger closed, thumb pointing downward.

Move Slowly

Use one hand to give any motion signal and place other hand motionless in front of hand giving the motion signal. (Hoist slowly shown as example.)

Raise the Boom & Lower the Load

Arm extended, fingers closed, thumb pointing upward, other arm bent slightly with forefinger pointing down and rotate hand in horizontal circles.

Lower the Boom & Raise the Load

Arm extended, fingers closed, thumb pointing downward, other arm with forearm vertical, forefinger pointing upward and rotate hand in horizontal circles.

Crane Operators Speak Out on the Value of Certification

If the crane operators who visited CONEXPO earlier this year are representative of the crane community as a whole, certification is all but universally considered not just a good thing to have, it’s essential to safe operations on construction sites around the country.

Of the more than 100 responses received to a survey conducted among crane operators by NCCCO at the event, fully 94 percent stated that certification was “very important” for cranes to be operated safely. A further 5 percent said it was “somewhat” important. Safety was the No. 1 reason cited. As one respondent put it, “Would you put an inexperienced, untrained, untested person in a $20,000 car? No? Then why would you put them in a $3 million crane?”

An overwhelming majority of crane operators believe that operators of telehanders (such as the one pictured) should have to be certified.

So convinced were the respondents of the merits of certification, they wanted it extended to other types of equipment. Forklifts figured prominently, but the list ranged from excavators and aerial work platforms to concrete pumps and pipe layers. When asked specifically about telescopic handlers (which are rapidly encroaching on activities traditionally the preserve of cranes), fully 96 percent stated that operators of such equipment should be certified.

But is certification enough? The overwhelming majority of respondents didn’t think so. Experience and training were the two most often cited aspects they felt should be combined with certification for an operator to be deemed “qualified.” The ability to recognize hazards and the importance of having the “right attitude” were also called out as being critical.

Certification ought not just be confined to operators, however. Lift directors, assembly/disassembly directors, and, of course, riggers and signalers all needed to be certified for a lift to be conducted safely, in these respondents’ opinion. “Everybody that has anything to do with crane operations” was one comment that summed up the general opinion.

The experience of operators polled in the survey ranged from 47 years down to “less than a month,” with an average seat time of 17 years. They hailed from all corners of the United States. Most (87 percent) were telescopic boom crane operators but over half (57 percent) also had lattice boom experience.