Certified Crane and Rigging Consultant

Certified Crane and Rigging Consultant

Professional Profile

  • Extensive construction experience in management, safety, and crane operation for a total of 49 years.
  • Strong abilities in the development and delivery of crane and rigging training programs.
  • Ability to work with management, safety, and craft personnel in the development and implementation of crane and rigging policies and procedures.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Safety Engineers, Professional Member.
  • ASME B30 Committee on Cableways, Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Hooks, Jacks, and Slings, Member.
  • ASME B30.3 Subcommittee on Tower Cranes, member.
  • ASME B30.5 Subcommittee on Mobile Cranes, alternate.
  • ASME B30.29 Subcommittee on Self Erect Tower Cranes.
  • NCCCO, commissioner, mobile crane practical exam committee chair, tower crane committee member, signalperson management committee member, Audit Committee member, CTAG chair, Lift Director Committee member.
  • OSHA, Crane and Derrick Advisory Committee (C-DAC), member.

Professional Experience

President, Dave Ritchie Consultant LLC, Bastrop, Texas
Crane & Rigging Specialist, St. Paul Travelers, 10 years

  • Develop, author, and present Professional Crane Operator, a 40 hour instructor based course for crane operators, safety professionals, and management. This course is designed to provide knowledge to crane operators and users that will allow them to prevent mobile crane accidents.
  • Develop and author Operator Excellence a home study version of Professional Crane Operator.
  • Perform as technical expert in the production of six custom made crane safety videos made by the Associated General Contractors of America as support material for Professional Crane Operator.
  • Author and assist in the development of Planning and Safely Performing Rigging Jobs, an interactive training course on basic rigging in construction.
  • Author and assist in the development of Crane Signaling, an interactive training course on signaling mobile and tower cranes.
  • Author over 40 articles in Lift & Crane Applications and Equipment (formerly Crane Works) on subjects relating to crane applications and safety.

Construction Safety, 6 years

  • Coordinate and direct loss control efforts to obtain maximum project benefit during the construction of Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Austin, Texas.
  • Implement contractor and owner safety program on five contracts for the construction of the light rail mass transit system, Dallas, Texas.

Crane Operator, 17 years

  • Operate, maintain, erect, repair, and inspect mobile and tower cranes.
  • Plan, implement, and supervise many types of crane lifts.
  • Erect, dismantle and operate construction hoists.

Project Manager and Estimator, 7 years

Normal duties associated with a small general contractor.


Bachelor of Science, Industrial Construction Management, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado, 1970.

Professional Certifications

  • Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) #19, Council on Certification of Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists (CCHEST).
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP) #15357, Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).
  • Certified Mobile Crane Operator, all specialties, National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO).
  • Certified Tower Crane Operator, NCCCO.
  • Certified Signal Person, NCCCO.
  • Certified Level 1 Rigger, NCCCO.
  • Certified Lift Director Mobile and Tower Cranes, NCCCO.
  • Accredited Practical Examiner all mobile specialties, tower cranes, signal person, and rigger level 1, NCCCO.

Public Presentations

  • Construction Safety Council of Chicago 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007.
  • Associated General Contractors of America, National Meeting 2000, 2001.
  • National Council of Safety Executives 2000.
  • American Society of Safety Engineers Region 3 PDC 2000, 2002.
  • Ford Motor Company, World Safety Conference 2001.
  • American Society of Safety Engineers, Const. Div. National Symposium 2001, 2003.
  • National Safety Council, Construction Division 2003.
  • American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Expo 2004.
  • Crane and Hoist Conference 2006, 2007.
  • Oregon Governors Safety and Health Conference 2007.
  • Oregon Safety and Health Conference 2008.
  • Construction Financial Managers Association 2009.
  • ASSE Alaska Chapter 2012.
  • ASSE Region III Professional Development Conference 2013.