Heaton Erecting, Inc. is pleased to announce a new service
that we can now provide to our crane and rigging customers. In August, 2009,
six of our employees completed the written and practical examination
requirements to become NCCCO Certified Signal Persons. The NCCCO, the leading
organization for crane operator certification, has recently implemented this
program to address the issue of signal person competency. The new program meets or exceeds all current
and proposed standards and regulations that require personnel providing hand
signals to crane operators to be qualified. It is designed to ensure that
crane operators receive accurate information about where loads need to be
placed, particularly important when lifting "in the blind."
For the first time, signalpersons will be tested on their
understanding of basic crane operations and limitations, in addition to their
knowledge of hand signals and voice communications. The program follows
the intent of the latest revision of the ASME B30.5 Mobile
and Locomotive Crane and ASME B30.3 Construction Tower Crane standards, as well
as the OSHA Proposed Rule (otherwise known as C-DAC) that will revise Subpart N
of the Code of Federal Regulations for cranes. In addition to the
knowledge and competency components of the certification, the program enforces
a code of ethics to promote and ensure professionalism in the crane industry.
We are proud to be one of the first crane service providers in the Atlanta
area to endorse this program and offer this valuable service to our customers.
Coy Youngblood to Retire
It is with mixed feelings that we announce the
retirement of our long time employee Coy Youngblood, on September
30, 2009. Coy has been employed with HEI
for 21 years as a mechanic. He served for many years as our lead mechanic, and
in the past five years has been Master Mechanic of our maintenance program.
Heaton's reputation in the crane industry has long been based on the quality
and performance of our equipment, and Coy has been the backbone of our program.
If you have been satisfied with the quality of cranes on your project in the
past twenty years, Coy has been responsible for that. It is with much pride and
appreciation that we wish him a happy, well deserved retirement. He will be
greatly missed by all of us.
We are pleased to be working
on the new Maynard Jackson International Terminal at the Atlanta Airport. Our customer, Williams Erection, selected Heaton Erecting to fulfill the hoisting needs of their structural steel contract. We are working on this project for the next
six months with our 200 Ton Link-Belt crawler crane, equipped with 230 feet of
boom. This crane is setting the steel curtain wall and support steel sections,
which will stabilize the 120 ft. long, 16 ton steel trusses that comprise the
roof of the new terminal building. Cives Steel/American Custom Manufacturing,
JV is the steel supplier for this project, and Holder, Manhattan, Moody, Hunt is the general contractor.