James Headley has spent over 30 years working in the crane and rigging industry. After serving a crane apprenticeship through Operating Engineers, Local 312 in Birmingham, Alabama, he worked as a journeyman crane operator until entering the crane training and consulting business in 1984.Headley is the author of numerous articles, the handbooks “Mobile Cranes” and “Rigging”, and a set of field guides titled “Safe Craning”. He also serves on the International Standards Organizations (ISO), Technical Committee SC5, and ANSI/ASME B30 main committee on cranes and lifting devices. He received a two-year diploma in Machine Tool Technology from Bessemer State Technical Institute and a BS in Education from Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, Alabama.Headley is currently the president and director of Crane Institute of America, Inc., headquartered in Sanford, Florida. Crane Institute of America, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012, offers training for aerial lift, forklift, boom truck, mobile crane, overhead crane, and tower crane operators, as well as for riggers and signalpersons. It is also designated as a Crane Institute of America Certification (CIC) written and practical exam testing site.