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Houston Business Roundtable (HBR) September 2009 Update

At the Houston Business Roundtable (HBR) meeting today we discussed articles on safe lifting with Plate Clamps, ASME B30.9, and Lyondell's Crane Accident; and lessons learned.

David Moseley brought literature and discussed Crosby's new Split Nut retention systems that make hook inspections easier. Matt Gardiner of Haag Engineering gave a presentation on crane accidents and investigations. Examples included some wind power, yacht, and construction job incidents. Haag Engineering handles 70-75 crane accidents per year. Holt Crane & Equipment is hosting an open house on Sept. 22nd. From 10am to 1pm. Holt will be displaying the first and largest link-belt crawler model 548, 550 ton.  The HBR Golf Tournament is Oct. 5. Sign up here. Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. and CICB are sponsoring the Crane & Rigging Conference (CRC2010) in Houston in late May 2010.

Next HBR Crane and Rigging committee meeting is Oct. 13, 2009.

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ACRP 2009 Workshop & General Assembly October 12-14

ACRP (Association of Crane and Rigging Professionals) is holding their 2009 Workshop & General Assembly, October 12-14 in Woodland, Washington.  There will be several excellent presentations by well known experts in the lifting field, like Big Rigging Hardware by Mr. Skip Ohman with The Crosby Group, Big Rigging Slings by Mr. Mike Riggs with Slingmax and Lift Planning Normal/Critical by Mr. Mike Parnell with ITI.  To see the entire agenda go to .  It will be beneficial for you and your company to attend and gather some valuable information.  Hope to see you there.

Regards, John C. Hellums, Bishop Lifting Products, Inc.

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HBR Crane & Rigging Sub-Committee August Meeting Notes


Yesterday morning at our monthly HBR Crane and Rigging Sub-Committee meeting,   Mr. Mark A. Hernandez, a Compliance Assistance Specialist with OSHA, gave an update on a presentation he recently put on at the 2009 ASSE PDC in San Antonio on Mobil Cranes in Spanish.  Mark used the HBR Crane and Rigging Sub-Committee and the Critical Lift Plan Best Practice from Valero Texas City as a resource. We welcomed back Keith Goodgame with Turner Brothers Crane and Rigging.  I also want to welcome our newest member Tom Roseberry with Holt Crane & Equipment for joining our group and look forward to their valuable input within our lifting industry.  Next meeting, September 8th, at 8:00am, at the Austin Industries Building 8031 Airport Blvd. Suite 118.  See ya there!

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