SC&RA Crane & Rigging Workshop Scheduled for Sept. 24 through 26 in Dallas
More than 450 attendees from around the world are expected at the Crane & Rigging Workshop to be held by the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA), Sept. 24-26, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Dallas, Texas. Some of the industry’s top professionals will present educational sessions during the annual workshop, including, in order of schedule:
- Getting Beyond Great! How to Achieve Extraordinary Results!—Joe Contrera, ALIVE @ WORK LLC, will examine why some people (and companies) get stuck being average, how you and your people might be creating the exact opposite of the results you want, how to shift from current results to ones you want and how to sustain long-term change and success,.
- Best Practices for Wire Rope Installation—Knut Buschmann, Unirope Ltd., will cover such topics as proper shortening/cutting procedures of high performance wire in the field, installing rope onto the drum, block twisting and how to solve it, inspection criteria, common causes for rope damage, ASME rope discard tables, and ISO 4309 discard criteria.
- The Key to Hiring the Right Lift Director—Joseph Collins, Becht Engineering Inc., will walk attendees through requirements outlined by OSHA and ASME, as well as best practices for safe lifting operations. Learn what key resume attributes help a good lift director stand out and how to leverage your offer so they will not walk away.
- Operating Cranes around Power Lines—Bill Smith, NBIS, will identify work zones and how to prevent equipment and personnel encroachment in these areas. He will also discuss the use of insulated links, non-conductive rigging, required signage and training requirements, plus the key elements of a power line safety system for mobile cranes on a jobsite.
- Evaluating Sling Stability and Load Equilibrium—Keith Anderson, Bechtel Equipment Operations, will examine a number of case studies to explain what makes a load instable, how to spot issues before they become a problem, and how to design arrangements that are guaranteed to be stable.
- Be Prepared for MSHA Inspections, Not just OSHA—Stuart Sadler, Operating Training & Inspection Services LLC, will distinguish the two types of inspections by touching on compliance issues for equipment, types of PPE required, magnitude of fines, impact on future work, safety statistics, and most common citations.
- Rescuing Personnel From Heights—Brent Wise, Tech Safety Lines, Inc., will present details about how site personnel must be prepared to quickly take responsibility for carrying out an appropriate tower-crane rescue plan, using the necessary equipment and following ANSI requirements.
- 2014 Rigging Jobs of the Year—Representatives from Fagioli, Omega Morgan and Barnhart will present details of this year’s winners, including the recovery of the cruise ship Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy, the movement of the 87-year old Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Ore., and the removal of 10 platforms on a control tower at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nev.
- Howto Effectively Utilize Hydraulic Platform Transporters in the Rigging Industry—Marco van Daal, The Works International, will focus on a case study on the Mexican Gulf, where living quarters, drill rigs, and more are being built on the shoreline to be transported later by means of a roll-on/roll-off operation onto a barge.
- Advanced Rigging & Critical Lift Planning—Mike Parnell, Industrial Training International, will lead participants on a problem-solving rigging session on subjects such as sling tension plus building a lift plan for a situation that incorporates aspects such as crane setup, spreader bars, an advanced rigging arrangement, load schematics, and load travel path.
- Understanding Your Company’s E-MOD —Robert Moore and Christopher Nelson, NBIS, will explain how the experience rating modification factor (E-MOD) is used to predict future losses of an individual employer by analyzing its past losses and plays a role in workers’ compensation premiums. They will also show how each employee plays a role in a company’s E-MOD, both positively and negatively.
Additionally, Workshop registration will include meetings of the SC&RA Tower Crane Committee, Crane & Rigging Group’s Safety Education & Training Committee, Labor Committee, and Governing Committee; a sold out Exhibit Center featuring products and services from 84 companies, a complimentary hot buffet lunch, and a Grand Prize Drawing; and receptions, continental breakfasts, and refreshment breaks.
Visit www.scranet.org/events and click on the “Crane & Rigging Workshop” link to review the program, see who already has registered, learn more about the hotel and travel information, and register as an attendee. Or call SC&RA at (703) 698-0291 for additional information.
The Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA) is an international trade association of more than 1,300 members from 43 nations. Members are involved in specialized transportation, machinery moving and erecting, industrial maintenance, millwrighting and crane and rigging operations, manufacturing and rental. SC&RA helps members run more efficient and safer businesses by monitoring and affecting pending legislation and regulatory policies at the state and national levels; researching and reporting on safety concerns and best business practices; and providing five yearly forums where these and other relevant member issues can be advanced.
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