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IAMU Mobile Crane Operator Certification Classes

Posted By IAMU, Monday, July 17, 2017

The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities Electric and Safety Services departments will be holding mobile crane certification classes for digger derrick, service truck, and mobile crane operators.  OSHA’s updated crane standard REQUIRES that operators of lifting equipment be trained, evaluated and tested in order to obtain certification.

Background Information:

Although the new standard, 29 CFR 1926 Subpart CC, specifically exempts the digger derrick and the operator from meeting the requirements of the standard, the exemption applies only when it is used for work within the provisions of the power generation, transmission and distribution standards, or for construction work within the telecommunications standard.  The exemption does not apply if the digger derrick is used for lifting materials or to operate in working environments outside the scope of the standard because the equipment is essentially being used as a mobile crane.  For example, unloading materials from a truck, lifting a motor from a pump house to assist your water department, or providing assistance to any other city department will mean that the exemption no longer applies.  When equipment is used as a mobile crane, all provisions of the standard apply, including the operator certification rule.  OSHA also now requires that an operator be certified in specific areas when they operate equipment outfitted with a boom and winch and able to lift at least 2,000 pounds.  This includes service trucks in your public works, or water departments.

OSHA’s November 10, 2017 deadline for crane operators to have completed a certification status is quickly approaching.  The new standard has very specific operator requirements, one being to obtain operator certification from an independent testing organization accredited by a nationally recognized organization.  OSHA’s updated crane standard, 1926.1427 in Subpart CC, requires that for a testing organization to be considered accredited to certify operators, it must be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency based on that agency’s determination that industry recognized criteria for written testing materials, practical examinations, test administration, grading, facilities/equipment and personnel have been met.  IAMU is now an Accredited Assessment Center through the National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER).  We are authorized to conduct both hands-on assessments and practical examinations which are part of our Mobile Crane Operator Certification Program.  Additionally, we are offering Qualified Hand Signal Person and Qualified Rigger programs (available at a future date).

Who Should Attend:

Digger derrick and service truck crane operators who do not currently hold a mobile crane operator’s certification.

What Do These Classes and Certification Consist Of:

Classes will be a day and a half long, requiring classroom instruction, an on-line exam that has a 80% pass requirement, a practical exam for certification of mobile crane, and then finally a short class and practical exam for the signalperson and rigging qualifications. Students who pass the written and practical exams receive nationally recognized certification from the National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER) to operate all mobile cranes (valid for five years).

Where Do These Classes Take Place:

IAMU Training and Office Complex
1735 NE 70th Avenue
Ankeny, IA  50021

When Will Classes Be Held:

There are currently 15 classes on the calendar for summer and fall 2017 scheduled at the IAMU complex.  Please click HERE or visit the IAMU website for available dates.  Class times will be 8:00 to 4:30 p.m. on Day 1; 8:00 to Noon on Day 2.  Lunch will be on your own.


Registration is now open.  There is a requirement of four (4) and maximum of eight (8) participants per class.  Classes are first-come, first-served so register early.  We expect these classes to fill up quickly.

For additional information about the classes and online registration for each event, click HERE.


If you have any questions in regards to the classes, or requirements, please contact:

Dan Llewellyn, IAMU Electric Services Coordinator (
Margret Meade, IAMU Safety Specialist (
Phone:  (800) 810-4268

Tags:  Electric  Mobile Crane  NCCER  Safety Services 

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Member Satisfaction Survey

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Members, be sure to check your email inbox. IAMU sent out an electronic member satisfaction survey on Tuesday, July 11. IAMU leaders and staff want to make sure that we are providing you with the services and support that you need and deserve. Please fill out the online survey so we know your thoughts and ideas. Those who respond will be entered in to win a $100 gift card.

If you didn’t get the survey through your email, here is a link to it:

Thanks in advance for taking the time to fill out the survey. Once we have the results, we will review them and share them with you at a later date.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jill Soenen at or Jen Cronin at or at 515-289-1999.

Tags:  Member Survey 

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Toolbox Talk - Firefighting & Respiratory Protection

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A new national campaign to increase awareness about firefighter cancer is calling on firefighters to sign a pledge of safety.

The campaign, Not in Our House ( ) was created by LION, a leading provider of firefighter gear, with the cooperation of a number of fire protection organizations. It asks firefighters to make every effort to protect themselves, their teams, and their families from carcinogens on the job. The site provides resources, information, and an outlet to share personal firefighter cancer stories.

Notes Billy Goldfeder, deputy chief of an Ohio fire department, “Historically, dirty gear, and not using your protective self-contained breathing apparatus was a badge of honor. We didn’t know we were at risk, but wow, we definitely know now, as cancer is the number one killer of firefighters.”

According to LION, since 2002, more than 60 percent of career firefighters added to the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial have died from cancer. Firefighters have a 9 percent higher risk of being diagnosed and a 14 percent higher risk of dying with cancer than the general U.S. population. And while fire-related calls have dropped, deaths from cancer have increased, LION says.

Culprits include synthetic building materials such as furniture and paint, which, when burned, can cause cancer.

The Not in Our House pledge reads, “I will make every effort to protect myself and my team by doing my part to take precautions that will minimize the risk of exposure to carcinogens that may lead to cancer. This pledge is to honor all those who have come before, as well as those who will come after me.”

Tags:  Safety  Safety Services  Toolbox Talk 

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Register Now: You Won't Want to Miss Equipment Demo & Exhibit Day

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, July 12, 2017

IAMU is planning to hold its second Equipment Demo & Exhibit Day on Thursday, July 20, on our Training Field. Demo Day is a time for IAMU members to connect with vendors who can demonstrate or showcase their equipment, tools, processes, and materials in a real-life setting.

To learn more about the event from IAMU’s very own “Red Green,” click here.

The event is free for utility members and associate members. If you’re not a member, contact us to find out how you might be able to participate. For more information or to register for the event, click here.

Tags:  Demo Day  IAMU Events  Training Field 

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Opt-Out of GPS Data on Iowa One Call Locate Tickets

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, July 5, 2017

IAMU members have voiced frustration with Iowa One Call locate tickets expanding from a  single page ticket to a multi-page format.  This is due to the additional GPS information now being collected.  IAMU has reached out to Iowa One Call (IOC), and IAMU members may opt-out of having GPS coordinates on their locate tickets.

To opt-out, email your request to no longer receive GPS coordinate information to One Call Concepts at  Include your CDC (Company District Code) code in the request.  Remember some utilities have multiple CDC codes and will need to supply each of those codes..   If you do not have a record of your CDC code, you may contact their Help Desk at 563-884-7762.

Thank you, and please contact IAMU with any additional questions or concerns at (800) 810-4268.

Tags:  Iowa One Call 

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