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ACRP 2012 Workshop & General Assembly

ACRP General Meeting

Join John Hellums, the current VP of ACRP, and Bishop Lifting Products at the Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals (ACRP) 2012 Workshop and General Assembly on May 8-11 in Cleveland, Ohio.  The workshop will include training strategies, educational workshops and technical presentations from members of the crane & rigging community.  The workshop and assembly will take place at the Cleveland Airport Marriott.  This is a great opportunity for ACRP members and crane & rigging professionals to network and participate in industry workshops. 

Schedule and Topics include:

Tuesday, May 8: 

  • Board Meeting
  • Golf
  • Welcome Reception

Wednesday, May 9:

  • General Assembly Session
  • Articulating Boom Cranes
  • Facility Tour - Mazzella Lifting Technologies

Thursday, May 10:

  • Risk Management
  • ACRP Committee Meetings
  • Concrete Pumper Trucks
  • Synthetic Ropes Used for Cranes
  • Overhead Cranes
  • Annual Banquet

Friday, May 11:

  • Computer Tools for Rigging
  • ACRP Awards
  • Closing Session
Register online at or by calling 800-690-3921. Click here for the ACRP Workshop flyer. 

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

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

HBR Crane & Rigging News - March 8, 2011

Houston Business Roundtable48 members were present at the Houston Business Roundtable (HBR) Crane & Rigging subcommittee meeting today. Members discussed articles on safe lifting and rigging, industry news and events, and Jim Shelton, an OSHA Compliance Officer, gave an update on crane incidents.  Jack Pettyjohn, with The University of Texas at Arlington, was the guest speaker for today’s meeting and discussed “Setting Cranes near Excavations” and the safety measures that need to be taken into account. 

John Hellums, co-chairman of the Crane & Rigging subcommittee, distributed three crane & rigging standards articles.  These articles can be viewed below. 

Team and player registration for the HBR Golf Tournament on April 5th has begun! The tournament will take place at Timber Creek Country Club in Friendswood, Texas.  Tournament is limited to the first 50 teams so make sure your team has a spot! Sign up here.

The next HBR meeting will be April 12th, at 8:00am, at the Austin Industries Building 8031 Airport Blvd. Suite 118. The topic will be presented by Pete Donnelly, with Texas City Safety Council, on Concrete Pumper Truck Safety.

Association of Crane & Rigging ProfessionalsOther Industry News: The Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals (ACRP) General Assembly Meeting will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from May 10th through May 13th. Members and non-members are invited to attend to stay informed on all the new crane and rigging operations taking place in our industry. John Hellums and other Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. employees will be in attendance and hope to see you there! 

Tags: OSHA, lifting and rigging, crane meeting, Houston business roundtable, ACRP, crane & rigging

SC&RA Cranes and Derricks Standard Webinar - Dec. 9

SC&RA and OSHA Webinar
On December 9, from noon to 1:30 p.m. (Eastern Time), SC&RA, in partnership with the KHL Group, will present a webinar on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new standard for cranes and derricks in construction. Bill Smith, Senior Vice President, Risk Management, at NBIS will summarize the standard and steps crane and rigging businesses must take to comply and avoid citations. He also will provide information on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers B 30.5 2007 mobile cranes standard. NBIS is the exclusive Gold Sponsor of this webinar and SC&RA’s exclusively endorsed provider of property and casualty insurance.

Registration for this event, available online, is only $29 for members and $49 for non-members. You must register by December 8 to participate. For more information, please contact SC&RA at (703) 698-0291.

SC&RA has also developed a new Crane Hand Signals mobile app for both the iPhone and Blackberry. Members now have access to Crane Hand Signals as a free mobile app, available in the iTunes App Store and Blackberry App World. The Crane Operator Hand Signals app gives users instant access to all necessary crane hand signals. Every signal included is compliant with the new OSHA Cranes and Derricks Standard. Each signal is shown graphically so that operators can quickly and easily reference the appropriate signal for each command. All signals are available in English and Spanish. 

Tags: OSHA, crane meeting, crane & rigging, cranes & loads, crane safety

HBR Joint Member/Subscriber Breakfast

NEW OSHA OSHA/DOL 29 CFR 1926 Cranes and Derricks in Construction Rules

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 8:00 – Marriott Hobby Airport, Houston, TX
The HBR Cranes & Rigging Committee has arranged for a panel of C&R Training Providers and other knowledgeable experts to answer questions and facilitate discussion related to the potential impact that the new OSHA/DOL 29 CFR 1926 Cranes and Derricks in Construction Rules will have on our industry.  The focus will be on OSHA 1926.1400 through 1926.1442.  We are asking the participants to read these rules carefully to maximize the learning experience and avoid duplication of efforts.   We are also requesting that participants submit  questions to the panel 2 weeks prior to the workshop so the panel can be prepared to provide accurate information.

Details to follow..... 

Tags: HBR, lifting and rigging, crane meeting, crane & rigging, Houston

Crane & Rigging Meetings and Upcoming Events

Back in March at the HBR Crane and Rigging meeting Matt Gardiner with HAAG Engineering made a presentation on "Wind Effect on Cranes and Loads". The power of the wind is often underestimated when working with cranes. People sometimes forget that there is a significant potential for disasters due to wind loads. Please be careful when wind becomes a factor on the job.

Guy Ramsey with Maximum Capacity Media visited and extended a $100 discount for all HBR members wanting to attend the 2010 Crane and Rigging Conference at the Crown Plaza Houston/Greenspoint on May 26th and 27th here in Houston, Texas. The Crane & Riggin Conference offers "safety personnel, fleet and facility managers, as well as operators an independent forum where crane users and suppliers can debate the real-world dynamics of working with this equipment." BLP is an Event Partner of the CRC. We hope to see you there. 

Our guest for April's meeting was Richard Corbello with Columbus-McKinnon. He gave a presentation on "Chain Hoists and Come-A-Longs". This topic will be available soon for download on the HBR site. 

The May meeting for HBR will be a Breakfast Meeting held at Brady's Landing and will feature a few booths from some of our members. There will be two special topics discussed. One will be a discussion on 3rd Party Inspections and will have panel members form CICB, NACB and Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. for discussion. We look forward to conversing on the importance of lifting material inspections. The second topic will be Load Calculations-Part II, by Carol Crane and Rigging.

There are many events and conferences coming up in May for the Lifting and Rigging Industry. The 2010 Offshore Technology Conference takes place May 3rd - 6th at the Reliant Center. OTC is "the world's foremost event for development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection." Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. will be in booth 1009. Come and see what we have rigged up for 2010.

The Association of Crane & Rigging Professionls General Assembly Meeting will take place in Shreveport, Louisiana on May 11th thru 13th. ACRP is "dedicated to improving crane operations and rigging activities in all industries." They provide educational materials and opportunities to it's members and also to the public so we can all stay informed on crane and rigging operations in our industry.

As always, "Safety is Number One" and we hope to see you at one or all of these events.

Tags: crane meeting, lifting equipment, Houston business roundtable, Bishop Lifting Products, oil & gas industry, lifting devices, otc, offshore rigging, crane & rigging, crc, cranes & loads, chain hoists, safety inspections, load calculations, crane safety

AWRF President Jeff Bishop announces Upcoming Events

Jeff Bishop, President of Bishop Lifting Products and AWRF (Associated Wire Rope Fabricators), will be attending the AWRF General Meeting and P.I.E. in Bellevue, WA April 11-14th.  The P.I.E. (Product Information Exhibit) is an annual event where members set up booths and participate display products.  Some of the exhibitors include The Crosby Group, Chant Engineering, Holland 1916, and Infochip Systems to name a few.


The schedule of events:

Sunday, April 11, 2010 – Registration, PIE set up, Reception

Monday, April 12, 2010 – Product & Information Exhibition

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 – General Business Session, Tour & Fun Run, Closing Banquet

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 – AWRF Golf Tournament


Pictured below: Jeff Bishop accepts the award for President of AWRF

 Jeff Bishop accepts the position for President of AWRF



Tags: lifting device, AWRF, The Crosby Group, crane meeting, Bishop Lifting Products, Infochip Systems, rigging

Crane & Rigging Meeting - Houston Business Roundtable

At the Houston Business Roundtable meeting on January 12th, we were excited to see all the new attendees... We had record attendance for January with around 43 people. 


Topics discussed included: Lifting Lugs, OSHA update on C-DAT proposal, and an ASME B30 Committee chair person roster was passed out.  Charlie Emmitte, of Valero Refining, brought up a good discussion on wind considerations and LSI wind monitoring equipment.  Wayne Oswald showed a “Powerful” power point presentation on texting while driving.  I presented a framed photo to Kerry Hulse of Deep South Crane and Rigging as a token of his traveling preparation reputation.


Walter Brumley called for topics and speakers for upcoming meetings and breakfast forums.  HBR is planning an April breakfast forum with a likely panel discussion format.  Likely topics will be 3rd party inspection practices.


At the end of the meeting we had a surprise bachelor’s party for Walter Brumley who’s getting married on Saturday...  Congratulations Walter!


Tags: lifting device, crane meeting, Houston business roundtable, rigging

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.

Tags: crane saftey, rigging safety, crane meeting

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!

Tags: crane saftey, rigging safety, crane meeting