Florida Instructor recognized as top crane and rigging trainer

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Jeff Ellis
Jeff Ellis

Jeffery Ellis, instructor and field services manager for Crane Tech LLC, has been named as one of two 2015 Top Trainers by the Association of Crane and Rigging Professionals (ACRP) and Crane & Rigging Hot Line.

Ellis represents professional trainers working for companies that are primarily engaged in training activities. Crane Tech, based in Brandon, FL, has provided crane and rigging training since the 1970s. It is a full-service training, certification, lift planning, and inspections provider.

Endorsed by the ACRP, the 8th Annual Training Excellence Awards are supported by Platinum Sponsor Crane Institute Certification; Gold Sponsors Rigging Institute and Slingmax Rigging Products; Silver Sponsors Terex, Southwest Industrial Rigging, and Altec Sentry; and Bronze Sponsors Stephenson Equipment Inc. and Morrow; and Supporting Organization Institute for Safety and Health Management.

Commenting on the wide variety of nominations received from various sectors in the hoisting industry, Nelson Plumb of Crossland Construction and a member of the judging panel, said: “We need better trained people who are willing to be trained by the best trainers in order to meet the demand for skilled craft workers. There are a large number of men and women in the workforce who don’t realize they have the talent to become top trainers. Tapping into this resource may be the greatest challenge our industry faces today.”

Ellis was selected for repeatedly displaying care in improving the overall safety of a situation, even when correcting the condition of equipment, processes, or knowledge of employees not a part of his original task as a trainer. “Jeff Ellis’s knowledge and experience allow him to gain the trust and respect of people at all levels of organizations to impact positive changes, often beyond the scope of the training he was hired to do,” said one judge.

Judges evaluated each nomination on a scale of 1 to 10 in each of the following areas:

  • Use of innovative or hands-on instruction;
  • Encouraging peer or corporate accountability;
  • Evidence that training was successful; and
  • Overall impact on the students, environment, or industry.

Clark will receive complimentary registration and travel expenses to the 2016 ACRP General Assembly  May 10-13 in Chattanooga, Tenn., where they will be presented with a trophy during an awards ceremony. They will also be granted $2,000 scholarships, made possible through funding provided by the 2015 sponsors.

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