The recent high-profile crane equipment failures in Dallas, New York, and Sydney, have served to increase the scrutiny surrounding crane inspections. Prior to these events, many in the crane industry have long desired better guidelines and requirements regarding the inspection of cranes in order to ensure the safety of their machines. To address these issues, the CCO Crane Inspector Certification program was established in the fall of 2011 in cooperation with the Crane Association of America. Industry insiders believed to this be a momentous step in the right direction and were hopeful that the movement to increase the quality of crane inspections would continue to gain momentum. Some of these hopes were realized this month as the movement reached a milestone. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and its Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee (PCAC) recently announced that the reach of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) ANSI accreditation has been extended to the CCO Crane Inspector certification program. As a result of the move, the CCO program will now be accredited by ANSI to the ISO/IEC International Standard for organizations that certify personnel.
The decision to include the CCO Crane Inspector program into NCCCO's ANSI accreditation was made after multiple tests and detailed audits were conducted with NCCCO's management systems. The heavy scrutiny applied to the organization prior to the decision also included psychometric procedures, administrative processes, and the test development protocol of the organization.
Responding to the recent news, ANSI Senior Director Roy Smith, PhD, said, "Achieving ANSI accreditation is a major undertaking... and NCCCO can be very proud of this accomplishment. No other accreditation process demands the degree of psychometric or management disclosure that ANSI requires for accreditation under ISO 17024."