SOURCE: Bishop Lifting Products, Inc.

Bishop Lifting Products, Inc.

August 17, 2009 09:00 ET

CICB/Bishop Lifting Host First-Ever CCO Rigger/Signalperson Workshop

Twenty Examiner Candidates Participated in the Five-Day Event

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - August 17, 2009) - The first-ever combined training workshops for CCO Practical Examiners for Signalperson Certification and Rigger Certification were hosted June 28-July 2, 2009 by Crane Inspection and Certification Bureau (CICB) and Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. (BLP). The event, which trained CCO certified signalpersons and riggers to administer the practical exams developed by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), took place at BLP's Houston facility. BLP is a leading manufacturer and distributor of lifting solutions for cranes, rigging, and oilfield applications.

Demand was so high for the Rigger Practical Examiner training that NCCCO ran two workshops back-to-back. A total of twenty examiner candidates participated. Pennsylvania, which recently enacted crane operator legislation, sent two candidates, while registrants also came from Texas, California, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, Oklahoma, Virginia and Washington.

"We were delighted to host these Workshops for NCCCO," said John Hellums of Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. "We've been participating on the CCO taskforce committee from the beginning and we're proud to see things moving forward."

"It's a tremendous testimony to the impact of these new CCO certification programs on crane safety that these workshops generated such a response," said Craig Epperson of CICB.

The group included experienced mobile, tower, and overhead practical examiners as well as those new to the CCO practical examination process.

"It's unfortunate that so many incidents that are labeled 'crane' accidents are, in reality, 'rigging' accidents," said NCCCO Rigger Task Force Chairman, Don Jordan. "It makes perfect sense from a risk management perspective to ensure all those involved in lifting operations -- not just the crane operator -- are qualified. CCO certification has been proven to save lives and we have every expectation that Rigger Certification and Signalperson Certification will have the same effect."

About Bishop Lifting Products, Inc.

Founded in 1984, BLP is a leading manufacturer and distributor of products, services, and lifting solutions for cranes, rigging, and oilfield applications. BLP fabricates wire rope, synthetic, alloy chain, metal mesh, and high performance slings including SlingMax® Gator-Flex® 9-part Grommets, Twin-Path® Extra CoverMax®, and Gator-Laid® 9-part slings. BLP is North America's largest stocking distributor of Teufelberger high performance crane rope, with a large inventory wire rope sizes, types and constructions.

Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:
    David Moseley "Mo"
    Bishop Lifting Products, Inc.
    (713) 674-2266