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SC&RA's Crane & Rigging Workshop - Sept. 21-23

SCRA Crane Rigging

Join Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. and register for the SC&RA Crane & Rigging Workshop on September 21-23, at the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center, Philadelphia, PA. We will be exhibiting and invite all Rigging and Lifting industry members to take part in this specialized workshop for the latest tips and best practices for crane and lifting.  Hope to see you there!

Click here to register for the workshop!


Wednesday, Sept 21  
7:30 am – 5:00 pm     Registration/Information Desk
  Crane & Rigging Group Committee Meetings
8:00 am – 9:00 am Safety Education & Training Committee
9:15 am – 10:15 am Labor Committee
10:30 am–12:00 noon Governing Committee
1:00 pm–2:30 pm OPENING SESSION-Ignite Your Life! Discovering 
Five Keys to unlock Passion, Potential and Impact
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm  Break
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Preparing for OSHA’s Recent Climate Change
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Break
5:00 pm -6:00 pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Engine Emissions and Cranes
Hoist Applications and Safety
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm First Timers’ Briefing
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Reception
Thursday, Sept 22  
7:30 am – 5:00 pm Registration/Information Desk
7:30 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 am – 10:00 am Developing Lift Plans That Work
10:00 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am- 11:30 am BREAKOUT SESSIONS
The Future of Wind Energy
Crane Visibility - Sight Matters
11:30 am – 2:30 pm Exhibit Center (buffet lunch provided)
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm Making Sense of it All: Rating Charts, 
Overloading, Sideloading and Load Testing
4:15 pm- 4:45 pm Break
4:45 pm – 5:45 pm Proper Wire Rope Installation
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Reception
Friday, Sept 23  
7:00 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 10:00 am Bringing Your Safety Program into the 21st Century
10:00 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 12:00 pm SC&RA’s 2011 Rigging Jobs of the Year

Tags: SC&RA, Philadelphia, crane & rigging

New Portable Proof Testing Machine

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Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. (BLP) is proud to announce the addition of a 150,000 pound portable proof test truck to their fleet of testing equipment.  The new BLP portable test bed adds a new dimension to our level of service.  We now have the ability to come directly to the customer, reducing downtime and costs, to perform on-site proof testing, repair, and RFID tagging services. 

The 20 foot overall bed is designed to test all types of slings (twin path®, wire rope, synthetic, metal mesh, roundslings, alloy chain, and high performance), rigging hardware, oilfield tools, crane and snatch blocks. The test bed is also equipped with a mechanical wire rope gripper for testing longer winch lines, towing lines, raising lines, and pendant lines up to 1-3/4".  The 150,000 pound capacity test bed can parked on location or positioned on the deck of marine vessels if needed.

All BLP Service technicians are trained in inspection and testing of lifting equipment in accordance with current industry standards and manufacturers recommendations. Our customers may choose to proof test lifting equipment at given intervals, or for verification purposes because of recent repair, modification, or dormancy.  Once all testing has been completed, testing certificates can be retrieved on and provide customers 24/7 access with login.

Eliminate downtown - "Let us come to you!"

Contact Randy Brown for questions or to schedule testing services.
713-674-2266 office
713-671-7864 direct

BLP testing services Click here to download the Bishop Lifting Products Testing Brochure! 



Tags: twin path slings, rigging safety, proof test, Bishop Lifting Products, safety inspections, wire rope slings

Top Trainer Submission Date Extended

Top Trainer Award

Realizing that effective training will continue to play a critical role in the overall safety of crane and rigging operations, Crane Hot Line will recognize the industry’s top trainers in an awards program to be featured in the November 2011 issue.

Trainers will be recognized for having a positive impact on students, the work environment or the industry through the use of innovative training techniques or hands-on instruction, by encouraging peer or corporate accountability, and/or through quantitative evidence that the training was successful. The Crane Hot Line Top Trainer program is endorsed by the Association of Crane and Rigging Professionals (ACRP).

Publicly recognize both corporate and professional trainers who have excelled in their profession.

• Nominations must be made by individuals who have received training from the candidate or by the trainer’s superior.
• Trainer must be involved in crane, rigging, lifting or construction safety training.
• Trainer must have been actively engaged in training between Aug. 1, 2010 and July 31, 2011.

Submit entries to Tracy Bennett,, by September 1, 2011.

Recognitions will be made in two categories. Professional trainers are those whose primary employer is a training company. Corporate trainers are those
whose primary employer is a construction company, crane rental company, manufacturer, or other industry-related business.

Honorees will be selected by the editorial staff in both categories. Honorees will be interviewed for a feature article to appear in the November 2011 issue of Crane Hot Line. Questions? Call 816-536-7903.

Tags: Top Trainer, rigging safety, ACRP, crane safety