Crane certification kicks off in Sidney

This week, a dozen transmission maintenance and heavy apparatus employees gathered at Tri-State’s Sidney, Neb. field facility to attend and successfully complete the first of a series of 2014 crane certification classes that will be conducted at various Tri-State locations throughout the year.

One of Tri-State’s larger 43-ton capacity cranes used primarily by the association’s transmission maintenance crews.

One of Tri-State’s larger 43-ton capacity cranes used primarily by the association’s transmission maintenance crews.

“Our goal with this program is to run approximately 95 employees through this four-day certification class before the end of the year,” said Jim Griff, transmission maintenance manager of support services.

The program is being administered by Clint White, field training specialist (transmission). The certification instructors are Jerry Marrs, field training specialist (heavy apparatus), Wayne Martin, training coordinator (transmission) and Rodney Beason, training coordinator, who is also handling the crane certification for plant location employees.

Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has yet to mandate that all employees who use boom and crane vehicles as a part of their job must be certified, “we believe in being proactive in our training programs and also have determined that this instruction is a priority in keeping our crane operators, and those employees working around them, safe at all times,” said Griff.

Clint White, field training specialist, performs an inspection of a Tri-State crane used in crane certification classes being held this week in Sidney, Neb.

Clint White, field training specialist, performs an inspection of a Tri-State crane used in crane certification classes being held this week in Sidney, Neb.

The certification training is for two separate levels of lifting capacity. The first level, which will target more than two-thirds of the trainees, will be for a lifting capacity of less than 21 tons, while the second level, designed primarily for line crews and construction services personnel, will be for operating the association’s larger equipment capable of lifting up to 75 tons of load.

The training agenda is comprised of three, 10-hour classroom sessions, followed by a fourth day of practical hands-on and examinations to complete the process.

Tri-State operates a fleet of approximately 35 boom and crane service vehicles throughout its four-state service territory.

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