Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Register
IAMU Informer
Blog Home All Blogs

Toolbox Talk-When Does a Telehandler Become a Mobile Crane?

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The latest edition of IAMU's Toolbox Talks - When Does a Telehandler Become a Mobile Crane? is now available.

Click here to download it.

Other Toolbox Talk articles are available here.

If you have a Toolbox Talk idea, please send it to Margret Meade.

IAMU has resumed the Mobile Crane Operator certification classes and you may register @  or contact Margret Meade @ 515.210.6617 or

Tags:  Mobile Crane  Safety  Toolbox Talk 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)

What is a Safety Stand-Down?

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 16, 2020
  • A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on "Fall Hazards" and reinforcing the importance of "Fall Prevention".
  • Employers of companies not exposed to fall hazards, can also use this opportunity to have a conversation with employees about the other job hazards they face, protective methods, and the company's safety policies and goals.
  • It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall and other job hazards they see.

The linked flyers can be printed and reviewed in a 10 minute tailgate or office safety meeting.  Note – Most of the information refers to construction; however, it can easily be reviewed and discussed in the context of shop, office, library, and even at your home.

The following ZOOM meeting recording link is on Step Ladder safety.  The recording will be available for 30 days.

Topic: “Stand-Down for Fall Safety” - Step Ladders

Meeting Recording:

Access Passcode: X@6c&21Q

Keep it safe and don’t hesitate to contact IAMU Safety Services if you have questions –

Tags:  Safety 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)

What Is a Competent Person as Defined by OSHA?

Posted By IAMU, Monday, September 14, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Several OSHA standards—including those relating to construction and manufacturing—refer to the need for a “competent person” as a safety component.

What Is a Competent Person?

While this is a commonly asked question, the answer isn’t always cut and dried. Companies usually have to make their own decision on which employees can serve as a competent person. That’s because there are no specific OSHA standards regarding competent persons. But OSHA’s definition of the term does offer a glimpse of what is expected of a competent person.

A competent person has both the authority and experience in the job to evaluate and make critical changes in dangerous situations. These are often life-or-death occurrences so it’s vital that your company chooses competent persons carefully.

Click here to read more in the latest EMC Loss Control Insights article.

Tags:  EMC  Insights 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)

IAMU Mobile Crane Operator Certification Classes - 2020 Dates

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities will be holding mobile crane certification and examination 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.

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 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 week 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).

Where Do These Classes Take Place:

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

When Will Classes Be Held:

Dates have been scheduled for the remainder of 2020 at the IAMU complex.  Please click HERE or visit the IAMU website for available dates.

September 21-25

October 19-23

November 9-13

December 14-18


Mobile Crane Operator Certification/Examination Class Schedule:


Class Day




9:00 to 4:30 p.m.


Tuesday 8:00 to 4:30 p.m. Classroom


8:00 to 4:30 p.m.



8:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Practical Exams

Friday (if needed)

8:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Retake Exams


Examination retakes are $100 and may be taken during any scheduled exam date.

Additional Notes:

  • Registration for all dates is open
  • There is a maximum of 12 participants per class session.
  • Lunch will be provided Monday through Thursday.
  • All participants will attend classroom days. Exams will take place on the Thursday of each class session. Depending on the number of participants, Wednesday evening and Friday may also be used for exams.
  • Each participant will need to create an account with NCCER before class; step-by-step instructions are included with the study guide.  Please bring your account number with you to class.

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:

Margret Meade, IAMU Safety Outreach Coordinator ( )
Phone:  (800) 810-4268

Tags:  Mobile Crane  NCCER 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)

Golfing fore Scholars to Benefit IAMU Scholarship Program

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, September 15, 2020

We are excited to announce that our annual golf outing will now be a fundraiser for the IAMU Scholarship Program (details will be announced in the coming months), and will award scholarships beginning in 2021.

Registration is open for the IAMU Golfing Fore Scholars fundraiser. This event, formerly Golfing Fore Safety, will be held at Briggs Woods Golf Course on Monday, September 21, 2020. Registration information and sponsorship opportunities can be found here.  Sponsorships must be in by September 11th.  See you there!

For More Info: Contact IAMU at 515.289.1999 or email

Purchase a raffle ticket at the event for your chance at walking away $1000 richer!  Thank you to Jester Insurance for their donation of the gift card.

Tags:  Golfin' Fore Scholars 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
Page 2 of 259
1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7  >   >>   >| 
Membership Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal