September 2015—An international line-up of experts is being assembled by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) for the NCCCO Crane and Rigging Professional Safety Conference to be held in conjunction with the inaugural CONEXPO Latin America (CELA) conference and exhibition, October 21–24, 2015, in Santiago, Chile.
In addition to an extensive exhibit featuring all of NCCCO’s ANSI/ISO-accredited personnel certification programs, NCCCO will be presenting the one-day Crane and Rigging Safety Conference, where on October 22 attendees will learn from top-level industry experts.
Speakers already confirmed include: David Rodrigues, CEO, Makro Engenharia, Fortaleza, Brazil; Jorge Vial-Undurraga, Vice President, Vial Equipment S&S, Santiago, Chile; Jim Wiethorn, P.E., Principal/Chairman, Haag Engineering, Houston, TX, and Joel Oliva, NCCCO Director of Operations and Program Development.
Topics range from promoting a safety culture in the Latin American crane and transport industry; crane accidents and their causes and trends; best practices in crane inspections; and crane operator certification. In addition, the Crosby Group will present a paper on crane block concepts, inspection, terminations and the load hook.
“Crane and rigging safety is a global issue and we are very pleased to welcome NCCCO, with its impeccable qualifications in this area,” stated Melissa Magestro, senior director exhibitions with exhibition owner and organizer, Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). “CONEXPO Latin America visitors will benefit from their knowledge and expertise.”
“CONEXPO Latin America is an ideal venue for us to reach the Latin American marketplace,” stated Oliva. “We are marking our 20th anniversary as a certification body, by sharing our insights into how effective training and certification can contribute to improved crane safety within this important world region.”
AEM plans to hold subsequent CONEXPO events in various cities throughout the region to create a cohesive network between manufacturers, distributors, and their customers from all over Latin America.