SOURCE: Konecranes, Inc.

Konecranes, Inc.

December 14, 2015 13:37 ET

Konecranes Steps Up to Provide Training for Mobile Crane Operators Required by 2017

SPRINGFIELD, OH--(Marketwired - December 14, 2015) - OSHA's requirement that mobile crane operators be certified goes into effect in 2017. Konecranes Training Institute is now scheduling classes at Konecranes locations and employer sites to meet this need.

An important deadline is approaching for companies employing mobile crane operators in construction activities. Enacted in 2010 by OSHA, CFR 1926.1427 requires that all mobile crane operators be certified by November of 2017. Global lifting leader Konecranes operates not only the world's largest crane service network, but also the Konecranes Training Institute, one of North America's only crane-focused training institutions.

"There are hundreds of thousands of mobile crane operators involved in construction in the United States and all of them will need to have this certification in 2017," says Joe Otten, director of training for Konecranes. "Companies who think proactively about their training needs are already calling us to schedule their workforce to meet this requirement. We are actually adding staff and classes to be able to accommodate this demand. Managers who wait too long to schedule could have problems getting their people certified by the deadline."

Otten says Konecranes Mobile Crane Operator Certification courses are already filling up for January and February. Recently, the Konecranes Training Institute added a one-week certification course and a three-week certification course to help customers meet this requirement. A certification is valid for five years and involves both written and practical exams.

"We also offer some useful options for companies with multiple operators -- we can do the training at their facility, which is cost-effective because it saves the travel expense and coordination," Otten said.

Another option is Konecranes Training Institute's Train-the-Trainer course, a curriculum designed to help a company's designated Mobile Crane Operator Trainer to understand their responsibilities as a trainer. This course must be successfully completed after taking Konecranes Mobile Crane Operator course.

"Most of us spend at least a part of December thinking about what we need to accomplish in the next year," says Otten. "Although 2017 sounds like a long time from now, smart managers are planning now to get all of their mobile crane operators certified before the deadline."

For details check the Konecranes Training Institute website:

About Konecranes, Inc.
Konecranes is a world-leading group of Lifting Businesses™, serving a broad range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards, ports and terminals. Konecranes provides productivity-enhancing lifting solutions as well as services for lifting equipment and machine tools of all makes.

In 2014, Group sales totaled EUR 2,011 million. The Group has 12,000 employees at 600 locations in 48 countries. Konecranes is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki (HEX: KCR1V).

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