craneSeven trainers with superior subject matter expertise in crane operations and rigging activities have been chosen as judges for the 2015 Top Trainer award, presented by Crane & Rigging Hot Line and endorsed by the Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals (ACRP).

The Top Trainer program seeks to bring attention to the importance of quality training in reducing crane and rigging accidents in construction and heavy industry. Trainers are recognized for having a positive impact on students, the work environment or the industry through the use of innovative training techniques or hands-on instruction, by encouraging peer or corporate accountability, and/or through quantitative or anecdotal evidence that the training was successful.

Journey to safety

“The journey to safety starts with trainers who lead the way,” said John Hellums, president of ACRP. “Once again, ACRP is pleased support this program that recognizes trainers for promoting a culture of safety in their organizations.”

ACRP will supply two judges for the panel. They are Jeff Hairston of RHTC Inc., West Monroe, La., which provides equipment and rigging services, inspections, and training, and Paul Kuber, a critical lift advisor and consultant to Becht Engineering, who is currently on an assignment at the ExxonMobil Refinery in Baton Rouge, La.

For the first time since the program was established in 2008, five other experts, former Top Trainers themselves, will also serve as judges. “Winners are not eligible to be recognized again for five years, and yet, we value the depth of knowledge and experience they have in this field,” said Katie Parrish, Editorial Director of Heartland Construction Div., publisher of Crane & Rigging Hot Line.

2015 Top Trainer judges

  • John Augustine, Owner, Sylvan Enterprises, Kingston, Tenn.
  • Bob Berry, Training Director, Sims Crane & Equipment, Tampa, Fla.
  • William “Hank” Dutton Jr., Senior Technical Specialist, Travelers Insurance Co., Hartford, Conn.
  • Jeff Hairston, President, RHTC Inc., West Monroe, La.
  • Paul Kuber, Critical Lift Advisor and Consultant to Becht Engineering, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Nelson Plumb, Operator, Trainer and Lifting & Rigging Advisor, Crossland Construction Co., Columbus, Kan.
  • Sam Smith, Training Manager, North American Crane Bureau, Lake Mary, Fla.

To nominate a crane or rigging trainer

Who is eligible? Crane or Rigging Trainers, Craft Instructors, Safety Directors, CTE Instructors from Contractors, Equipment Dealers, Rental Companies, Rigging Suppliers, Manufacturers and Training Companies.

One trainer in each category—Corporate and Professional—will be honored. They will receive complimentary registration to the 2016 ACRP General Assembly and Workshop, where they will be presented with a trophy during an awards ceremony. They will also be granted $2000 scholarships to be used for educational purposes.

Click here for more information. The deadline for nominating a trainer is July 31, 2015.

About the companies

Since 1997, Crane & Rigging Hot Line has been the leading national marketplace for the crane industry. Published monthly, the magazine offers readers a broad mix of topics related to current issues, new products, and job applications. It is read by more than 80,000 crane and rigging professionals in heavy construction, specialty trades, crane and heavy equipment rental, mining, manufacturing, and equipment sales.

Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals (ACRP) is a non-profit association whose mission is dedicated to improving crane operations and rigging activities in all industries. This is accomplished by providing educational opportunities to its members and the public. The association holds an annual General Assembly meeting. ACRP works to develop national quality standards for the training and qualification process of crane operators and riggers.