Phoenix Crane Recognized by NCCCO

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is pleased to host its Committed to Crane Safety Employer Recognition Program. This program was created to recognize the time, effort, and dedication to safety that employers demonstrate by certifying their crane operators, signalpersons, and riggers through NCCCO.

Companies that participate in this recognition program enhance their standing by demonstrating to their clients, potential clients, and employees that safety through CCO certification is a priority. Companies that achieve recognition are nationally recognized for their commitment on the NCCCO website, in the CCOnlinenewsletter, and in other industry media.  For more information about the program, you can visit:

Phoenix Crane Rental was enrolled and recognized as a member company in the December 2018 Newsletter for its commitment to crane safety by employing CCO-certified personnel.  Our company was also featured in the "Employer Quote of the Month" section of the newsletter:

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.