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Jeff Bishop Reels in Big Fish at Texas Charity

Bishop Lifting Products just returned from participating in the Texas Oilman’s Charity Invitational Fishing Tournament on July 22-24th in Matagorda, Texas.  750 fishermen converge on Matagorda for this event benefiting a number of local charities including the Shrine Burn Hospital for Children, Special Olympics Texas National Games, and the Boys & Girls Club of Harris County to name a few.

Jeff Bishop Trout

This year is expected to bring $ 400,000, but in 2009 the tournament netted $455,808. Of last years amount, $402,955 was distributed to 39 charities and $52,853 was retained to start our 2010 tournament. The total distribution to charities from our 2002 inaugural event to 2009 has been $2.7 million.

Friday delivered high winds and rough seas, but we boated a few speckled trout despite the conditions.  Saturday winds laid down and cleared the water up, making the boat rides easier on everyone. 

Jeff Bishop carried Team Bishop Lifting and landed a 26-1/2” – 5 lb. 6 oz. speckled trout and a 23” redfish early on a topwater lure.  His patented speckled trout call and maduro cigar seemed to be the secret to his success.  His speckled trout weighed in and placed a respectable 4th place. 

Team Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. consisted of 8 fishermen and a fishing guide.  We had a great time supporting this great charity.


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OSHA Lauches New Cranes & Derricks Rule

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The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced that it is issuing a new rule addressing the use of cranes and derricks in construction, which will replace a decades-old standard. Approximately 267,000 construction, crane rental and crane certification establishments employing about 4.8 million workers will be affected by the rule published today.

"The significant number of fatalities associated with the use of cranes in construction led the Labor Department to undertake this rulemaking," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "After years of extensive research, consultation and negotiation with industry experts, this long overdue rule will address the leading causes of fatalities related to cranes and derricks, including electrocution, boom collapse and overturning."

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