10th Edition Mobile Cranes Handbook Released

MC Book 10th.02April 3, 2014 (Sanford, Fla.)—Crane Institute of America announces the availability of the newest edition of the industry’s favorite crane handbook. Mobile Cranes, 10th edition, by James Headley, is an excellent study guide for mobile crane operators who are preparing to take accredited certification exams.

Filled with useful illustrations, clear explanations, and real-world examples, the handbook covers essential topics on crane setup, operation, and hazards. First published in 1999, the 10th edition includes important updates reflecting the latest industry standards and best practices.

For the first time, Service/Mechanics trucks are referenced. This equipment can be found anywhere heavy equipment or machinery is used, such as mines, gas and oil fields, utility sub-stations or your local crane rental company. The addition of Service/Mechanic Truck Cranes is important with OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1400 requiring the qualification, or certification, of operators if the equipment used in activities other than maintenance and repair.

Perhaps the most important section of Mobile Cranes, is the chapter on Load Charts. “It is not enough to know how to use load charts, but to know why load charts must be followed for safe operation,” said James Headley, author of the book and President of Crane Institute of America.

Topics covered in the handbook:

  • Crane Types & Components
  • Load Charts
  • Conditions that Reduce Capacity
  • Pre-Operational Inspection
  • Crane Setup
  • Working Near Power Lines
  • Operating Practices & Procedures
  • Hoisting Personnel

Don’t let the handbook’s compact size fool you. It’s packed with valuable information and sized perfectly to fit in your vehicle’s glove compartment.

About the Author

James Headley has spent more than 40 years working in the crane and rigging industry. After serving a crane apprenticeship through Operating Engineers Local 312 in Birmingham, Ala., he worked as journeyman crane operator until entering the crane training business in 1984.

As President of Crane Institute of America, Headley has developed training programs for hundreds of major companies including ALCOA, Boeing, ExxonMobil, Hanson Aggregates, Honeywell, Kennecott, Southern Company, Toyota, USX, Weyerhauser, the U.S. Military, and others. For over 20 years, he served on the ASME B30 main committee on cranes and lifting devices, and subcommittees B30.5, B30.9, and B0.26. Presently he serves on the International Standards Organization (ISO) committee on cranes.

Headley has also written the Mobile Cranes companion handbook Rigging, the handbook Forklifts and the Safe Craning Field Guides.

About Crane Institute of America

For almost 30 years Crane Institute of America, Sanford, Fla., has offered training for operators, inspectors, safety managers, lift directors, and riggers and signalpersons working with mobile cranes, overhead cranes, tower cranes, aerial lift and forklifts. It is an authorized CIC written and practical exam testing site. For information, visit

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