BLP's Lifting & Rigging Industry Blog

New Product Annoucement: Tubing Grabs for Well Servicing

Bishop Lifting Products is excited to announce the latest innovation in well servicing -- Crosby's Tubing Grab. Read more about the features and warnings here. 

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The tool clamps onto the well tubing just behind the upset and is used to move the tubing to and from the rig floor. Keeping the tube horizontal, the grab allows handlers to move the tubing to the rig floor so the elevators can be attached and stand the tubing upright. The Tube Grab can also be used in the reverse. It is not designed to move the tubing to the vertical. 

To install on tubing, pull the trigger fully, and press the jaws over the tubing. Release the trigger and verify the trigger is fully in the locked or forward position prior to applying a load. The operator’s hands must be free of the grab prior to applying the load. The grab must be installed adjacent to the flared end of the tubing or the coupler.  Do not attempt to attach the grab directly to the larger diameter flared end or the coupler.


  • Devices to lift 2-3/8" and 2-7/8" tubing.
  • Engages with upset end of tubing.
  • WLL: 500 lbs.
  • Fitted with Crosby Shackle for attachment to air tugger line.
  • For the oilfield well servicing market.

Read more here.  

For pricing and questions on Tubing Grabs contact:
Permian Basin & South Texas:
Billy Bob Anderson - 432-258-2535
Oklahoma & Rockies:
Bill Ray - 405-426-2440

Tags: Crosby, Bishop Lifting Products, well servicing, tubing grab, well servicing tools

Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition (LAGCOE) - Oct. 25-27, 2011

LAGCOE logoWe invite you to attend the Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition (LAGCOE) at the Cajundome and Convention Center in Lafayette, LA  on October 25-27.  Technical sessions and exhibits attract the major decision makers of the petroleum industry. This event draws more than 15,000 attendees and features exhibits by 400 leading companies, including BLP.

Admission to the show and technical presentations is FREE, and limited to energy industry personnel. There's still time to register! Click here to register online.

BLP will be exhibiting and invite you to come stop by our booth BOS182

Employees from our New Iberia, New Orleans and Houston branches will be there to answer lifting and rigging questions and to showcase the BLP MaxiRider. 

LAGCOE has recently announced a smartphone app for this year’s Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition. The app is available for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and any smartphone that has web-enabled browser capability. With its many useful year-round features, app users can:

    • three platforms web2Review technical sessions and add them to your calendar
    • Search for exhibitors and find them on the interactive floor map
    • Download exhibitor brochures
    • Stay in-the-know with show alerts
    • Follow or join in on the Twitter Feed
    • Link with friends and share event photos
    • Find local host-city services and destination spots
Follow BLP on Twitter to stay up to date on what's happening at LAGCOE!

Tags: new orleans, louisiana, LAGCOE, Layfayette, Bishop Lifting Products

Bishop Lifting Products Acquires Atomic Industrial Marine and Supply

Bishop Lifting Products Inc. (BLP) today announced the completed acquisition of Atomic Industrial Marine and Supply, a New Orleans, LA based sling fabricator and marine supplies shop.

Jeff Bishop, President and COO of Bishop Lifting Products, states, “BLP has been in a growth phase for some time now and this expansion into New Orleans is required to meet the growing demands of our current customers along the Gulf of Mexico.”

The 20,000-square-foot facility stocks domestic and imported rigging hardware, wire rope, chain and marine supplies. The facility will fabricate its synthetic web and roundslings, along with wire rope and alloy chain slings. Proof testing up to 200 metric tons will also be performed.

Additionally, BLP is proud to announce an immediate company name change from Atomic Industrial Marine and Supply to Bishop Lifting Products, Inc., as it is now BLP’s seventh branch location, forth along the Gulf Coast.

About Bishop Lifting Products, Inc.

Founded in 1984, Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. (BLP) is a leading fabricator and distributor of products, services, and lifting solutions for crane, rigging, marine, and oilfield applications. Our 200+ dedicated employees throughout TexasLouisianaFloridaWyoming and Oklahoma supply wire ropeslings, rigging hardware, lifting devices, hoists and winches to customers with lifting, oilfield, towing, and hauling applications.


Media Contact: 
David "Mo" Moseley, Vice President of Marketing 
Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. (BLP) 
125 McCarty Drive 
Houston, Texas 77029 USA

713-674-2266 office 
713-671-7803 direct 
713-702-4563 mobile 


Tags: new orleans, louisiana, marine supply, Bishop Lifting Products, wire rope slings

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

SC&RA FREE Webinar - July 27, 2011


SC&RA Free Webinar

Mark your calendars!  SC&RA is hosting another FREE online webinar! 

Loss trends for the Crane, Rigging and Specialized Transportation Industry 

Join us in July as SC&RA’s exclusively endorsed property and casualty partner will present loss trends that your company should be aware of for establishing safety and risk management programs.  Based upon frequency, this webinar will cover the 5 most common crane losses and the 5 most common transportation losses.  Additional information will be provided on the most costly losses, strictly from a financial perspective.  The last part of the webinar will deal with the most frequent causes of severe disability and death.  This information will be based upon the loss trends developed from 2009 and 2010, national industry data. 

Cost: FREE

Presenter:  NBIS Experts

Click here to register. 

Safety is always a top priority at Bishop Lifting Products.  In order to stay up-to-date on all current safety practices, members of our QHSE team will also be on the webinar.  We encourage all crane & rigging professionals to participate and listen to SC&RA's webinar on July 27th.

Tags: rigging safety, SC&RA, free webinar, crane & rigging, crane safety

Bishop Lifting Products Completes Acquisition of West Florida Wire Rope

Houston, TX -(PRWeb) - Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. (BLP) finalized the acquisition of West Florida Wire Rope, a wire rope and rigging shop in Panama City, Florida on June 30, 2011.

West Florida Wire Rope (WFWR) has been serving marine and onshore customers along the Gulf Coast of Florida since 1993, but was founded over 30 years ago as Carolina Chain & Cable by Bill and Babbs Rochester (Rochester Wire Rope family).  Ralph Bowdish purchased the company in 1993 and it became WFWR.  Specializing in wire rope, cordage, marine rigging hardware, and slings, WFWR will now be able to provide their customers Bishop Lifting Products’ extensive line of products, services and solutions.

This marks BLP’s first expansion into Florida and the eastern end of the Gulf of Mexico.  This becomes BLP’s seventh national location.

About Bishop Lifting Products, Inc.

Founded in 1984, Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. (BLP) is a leading fabricator and distributor of products, services, and lifting solutions for crane, rigging, marine, and oilfield applications. Our 180+ dedicated employees throughout Texas, Louisiana, Wyoming and Oklahoma supply wire ropeslings, rigging hardware, lifting devices, hoists and winches to customers with lifting, oilfield, towing, and hauling applications.


Media Contact:

David "Mo" Moseley, Vice President of Marketing
Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. (BLP)
125 McCarty Drive
Houston, Texas 77029 USA

713-674-2266 office
713-671-7803 direct
713-702-4563 mobile

Tags: West Florida Wire Rope, WFWR, wire rope sling, Bishop Lifting Products, wire rope slings

John Hellums Named New VP of ACRP

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John Hellums, Business Development for Petrochemical and Refining, at BLP was sworn in as the new Vice President for Associated Crane & Rigging Professionals (ACRP) on May 10, 2011. John will be working with the past Vice President, and new President, Scott Fleming with UniRope Ltd. during his one year term.

John has committed his career to the lifting industry. He worked for ExxonMobile for 25 years before he joined Bishop Lifting in May of 2003. John has also been an active member, co-chair, and chairman of Houston Business Roundtable since 1987 and an active member with NCCCO since 2000.

We are extremely proud of John for his dedication to the crane and rigging industry and wish him the best of luck!

Pictured from right to left: John Hellums (BLP), Mike Riggs (Slingmax/ I&I Sling), and Scott Fleming (UniRope Ltd).

For the New Board of Directors and other details from the conference, click here to read another article from Crane Hot Line

Tags: John Hellums, crane meeting, Bishop Lifting Products, ACRP, crane & rigging

New Crosby Product - Screw Pin "Wide Body" Shackles

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Bishop Lifting Products is excited to announce that Crosby has just released new select sizes of the “Original” Wide Body shackles are now available in a screw pin design. The G-2169 and S-2169 are both "Load Rated", "QT- Quenched and Tempered"  and "TA- Type Approved."  Only Crosby can guarantee this type of quality.  

Crosby’s “Wide Body” Shackles provide the following benefits:

Product Features

  • Capacities of 7, 12.5 and 18 metric tons.
  • Quenched and Tempered for maximum strength.
  • Forged Alloy Steel.
  • Available in galvanized and self colored finish.
  • Individually proof tested and magnetic particle inspected. Crosby certification available at time of order.
  • Meets or exceed all requirements of ASME B30.26 including identification, ductility, design factor, proof load and temperature requirements.   Importantly, these shackles meet other critical performance requirements including fatigue life, impact properties and material traceability, not addressed by ASME B30.26.

To learn more, click here to view the New Crosby Screw Pin "Wide Body" Shackle literature.  

Get a Quote! 

Tags: shackles, The Crosby Group, Crosby, wire rope slings