Brent Awarded NCCCO Lifetime Achievement Award

Nov. 15, 2019

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has awarded its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to its founding CEO, Graham Brent.

In July, Brent stepped down after 23 years as CEO to lead the NCCCO Foundation. His successor, Thom Sicklesteel, presented the award.

“I’m humbled and deeply honored to receive this award,” said Brent in a prepared statement. “The progress we have made over almost 25 years in improving worksite safety through NCCCO certification is profound and is a tribute to the tireless efforts of our dedicated and committed industry experts that have been with us throughout the journey. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to contribute to this initiative which we now know conclusively has saved lives and avoided the pain and heartbreak of injury for so many.”

President Kerry Hulse said in a statement: “It’s a great pleasure to be able to award our very first NCCCO Lifetime Achievement Award to one person who has been associated with NCCCO from the very beginning.” Hulse chaired the original task force that led to the creation of NCCCO in 1995.

“Graham’s fingerprints are all over the success of NCCCO, much of which is due to his tireless work in bringing all parties, labor and non-labor, to the table with a lot of different viewpoints but all with the same safety goal in mind,” said James T. Callahan, general president of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

From the certification community, Dr. Roy Swift, former head of personnel certification accreditation services at ANSI and now executive director at WorkCred, said Brent was “a change agent” not only for the construction industry, but for the certification community at large.

“It would be difficult to find someone in the certification community who is more dynamic, innovative, and devoted to quality,” Swift said in a written letter of support. “You are a pioneer who is never afraid to venture into the wilderness of certifications in federal and state regulations. I know there are many people who join me in saying kudos on your extraordinary work and job well done.”

Sicklesteel said that this was an appropriate point in NCCCO’s development to create a Lifetime Achievement Award. “Given the success of NCCCO certification and the closing of an important chapter in regulatory development with the publication last year of the OSHA crane operator qualifications rule, this is the right time to start recognizing individuals who have paid a lifetime commitment that has impacted our industry for the better,” he said in a statement.

Source: NCCCO