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.



Pink Crane Gets First $5,000 Crane Rodeo Sponsor

Earlier this year, Phoenix Crane's annual "Crane Rodeo" planning committee decided to offer advertising space on our 40-ton pink Terex as a way to raise additional funds for our partnership with the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.  Since 2013, our Pink Crane and annual Crane Rodeo community event has raised over $192,000!  Within a week of making the announcement, our insurance brokers at McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc. jumped on the opportunity.

About McGriff, Seibels & Williams

McGriff, Seibels & Williams has been our insurance brokerage firm for over 20 years.  They have enjoyed a long history of successfully delivering exceptional service to their client base. They are strategic, consultative partners to their clients, providing them with the kind of best-in-class global services they expect from their most trusted advisors. To meet these expectations, McGriff has assembled a team of the very best and brightest professionals in the insurance industry and charged them with being creative problem solvers with a focus on responding to the specific needs of our clientele.

McGriff is well positioned within the insurance industry to help match clients’ needs around the world with the best options available to them in the global marketplace. Their trading partners understand and embrace our client-centric philosophy. Combining their willingness to provide exceptional products and services with our risk management analytics and consulting allows McGriff to deliver the highest quality of customer service, year after year.

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About The Sponsorship

In 2015, Phoenix Crane Rental revived a long-lost employee event that, as it turns out, our entire Phoenix family was very happy to participate in and request again, so we decided to resurrect our Crane Rodeo to promote and raise funds for the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.

We are in our 3rd year of the Crane Rodeo and hope this will continue as an annual event that will grow over time as we spread the word about our favorite local nonprofit.  We are still donating 10% of our Pink Crane rentals to the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, and have raised over $192,000 to date.  We’ve also been lucky enough to make Pink Crane appearances this year at the Kennesaw Touch-a-Truck in June and at the Marietta Freedom Parade in July and will have the crane located at the second “Breast Stop” a the 2-Day Walk on Sunday, November 12th in Atlanta. The more we get involved and the more people recognize our Pink Crane, the higher the impact we have on getting big grants in the hands of the nonprofit cancer treatment centers in Georgia that need it the most.  We love the fact that It’s The Journey’s motto is “What’s Raised in Georgia, Stays in Georgia”.

If you would like to see photos of previous Crane Rodeo’s – here are our Facebook albums from 2015 and 2016:



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Phoenix Crane Sells Company to It’s Employees

One of the most difficult crossroads our founder and owners have faced in the last few years is "what will happen to the company when we are ready to face retirement?"  After putting years into this business and feeling a strong sense of loyalty to our employees, it wasn't right to sell to a third party.  Since much of Phoenix Crane's success is due to our employees, we wanted to ensure their future as well as ours, so we sold the company to them in July of 2016.

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Phoenix Crane Gets a 40-ton Pink Terex

Family-owned crane company boldly shows its support for the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer by painting one of its 40-ton cranes pink and donating a portion of its revenues to the cause.

Mableton, GAAugust 13, 2013 – Phoenix Crane Rental of Mableton, GA proudly announces its support for the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, produced by It’s the Journey ( with a generous corporate sponsorship and a newly painted and decaled 40- ton Terex crane to show it off.

Family owned and operated since 1983, Phoenix Crane Rental ( is spearheading an effort within the crane industry and their community by donating a portion of the revenues generated by the Pantone® pink crane to the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, whose mission is “to strengthen Georgia’s breast cancer community by raising money and awareness for local organizations throughout the state that focus on breast cancer education, screening, early detection, supportive services, and continuing care.”

In addition to general donations and volunteer efforts, corporate sponsorships are critical in deepening and expanding the organization’s impact.  This year alone, the nonprofit awarded grants totaling over $500,000 to 19 breast health and breast cancer programs across Georgia.

In sponsoring the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, and with a shiny new coat of pink paint courtesy of Terex Cranes, the pink crane seen around town contributes substantially to free mammograms for women in need, promotes early breast cancer detection and provides educational programs that offer answers and advice to anyone whose life is touched by breast disease.

“Over the years, we have contributed regularly to a variety of charities, but have not gotten involved with any particular cause with passion, until now” said Mike Phillips, President of Phoenix Crane. “We knew we had the resources to contribute and the willingness to become involved, we just needed the right partner.  Looking at the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, which is also a local organization, we feel we have found our partner.”

National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) and Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) certified crane operator Jessica Ives has operated the pink crane since its maiden voyage just after Mother’s Day on May 14, 2012 and will gladly continue to do so.  “Phoenix Crane has every intention to keep the crane in operation for the lifetime of the equipment” said Karen Barton, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President.  “Every dollar we can contribute yields a far greater personal and organizational return than anything else we could have gotten involved in.”


It’s The Journey, Inc. – producer of the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer – is a local nonprofit founded 11 years ago by breast cancer survivor, Randi Passoff, who wanted to raise funds within Georgia that stay in Georgia.  Today, the walk covers 30 miles over 2 days and participants stay at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.  Over the past 10 years, It’s The Journey has funded 188 grants totaling over $9 million to support breast health programs throughout Georgia. In March, the nonprofit held a 10th Anniversary Grantee Celebration, during which over half a million dollars was awarded to 19 Georgia breast cancer programs.

This year the Saturday route of 20 miles will take walkers from the host hotel downtown to Agnes Scott College in Decatur for lunch – and then back.  On Sunday, the 10-mile route will take walkers from downtown to the closing ceremonies at Atlantic Station.

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Terex Corporation is a diversified global manufacturer of a broad range of equipment that is focused on delivering reliable, customer-driven solutions for many applications, including the construction, infrastructure, quarrying, mining, shipping, transportation, refining, energy, utility and manufacturing industries. Terex reports in five business segments: Aerial Work Platforms; Construction; Cranes; Material Handling & Port Solutions; and Materials Processing. Terex offers financial products and services to assist in the acquisition of equipment through Terex Financial Services.

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