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When: December 3-4, 2014

Where: Hilton Houston Nasa Clear Lake, Houston, Texas

Why: Don't miss one of the largest independent crane and rigging conferences to offer education and networking opportunities for safety and risk managers, crane and rigging supervisors, lift directors, project managers, and others responsible for managing crane and rigging operations in construction and heavy industry.

Bishop Lifting Products will be there and would love to discuss some of the huge advances in crane and rigging products for our industry.  

Registration includes admission into two-day conference, exhibition area and breakfast and lunch both days. Special rates are also available to groups of three or more registrants from the same organization. Click here to register! 


Click here to see a daily agenda of events! 



For hotel and travel information, please click here. 

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FREE SC&RA Webinar - December 5, 2012

Webinar Topic: Economic Year in Review and Forecast

Chris Sleight, editor of International Construction magazine, will look at the key global economic trends that impact the specialized crane market and oversize/overweight transportation sector. In addition to general economic forecasts for different parts of the world, Mr. Sleight will look at construction markets and the specific factors that determine the business climate for owners and operators of large fleets of cranes and associated equipment.

Speaker: Chris Sleight, editor, International Construction

Price: FREE for Members and Non-Members

When: December 5, 2012 @ 12 pm EST


Register here!

Tags: construction market, SC&RA, free webinar, crane & rigging

Crane Care – SC&RA Webinar - June 13, 2012

Crane Care – Guidelines for Good Clean Livin'

The June webinar brings together numerous industry experts from Manitowoc and MTU to discuss the importance of following manufacturers’ guidelines throughout the life of the crane to keep it in good working condition and to maximize its life. This online round-table will cover the following topics:

  • The importance of training and education for operators, riggers, and technicians on the rules of crane safety long before they start using a crane as well as the reasons a company should register the level of training received for each employee. 

     by Mike Brunet, Product Safety Director, Manitowoc Cranes

  • Why should a company follow the manufacturers’ recommendations for proper preventative maintenance?

    by Dan Snook Corporate Training, MTU/Mercedes and 
        Brian Hill, Crawler Crane Field Service Manager, Manitowoc  
        Crane Care

  • Learn the advantage of tracking the crane during its working life via telematics.

    by John Alexander, CraneSTAR and Technical Communications Director, Manitowoc Crane Care

  • How to adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines if the crane detects an overload occurrence.

    by Scott Mohn, Mobile Crane Service Operations Director, Manitowoc Crane Care

  • The value of getting the manufacturers’ input and authorization of any structural repairs, throughout the entire life of the crane.

    by Gary Herrmann, Structural Engineer, Manitowoc Crane Care



$29 members/ $59 Non Members

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

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

FREE Webinar from SC&RA - April 11 @ 12 EST

SC&RA is hosting another free webinar on April 11th at 12 EST.  See below for topic information and how to register.  


Crisis Management - Effective Strategies for Dealing with the Unexpected

SCRA free webinar
It’s the crisis you most dread — a fallen piece of equipment, an employee injury, an accident on the road — and it is now being covered by the media. Is your company prepared? This webinar will arm you with the best practices in crisis communications, with a particular focus on issues important to companies in specialized transportation and crane and rigging.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Apply the best practices for speaking to the media and other key stakeholders, which can make all difference between a company thriving during a crisis and closing its doors forever
  • Apply the main elements of a communications strategy that gets your messages out
  • Identify the key components of a communications contingency plan
  • Use social media during a crisis
  • Regain the trust of employees, customers, partners, and other stakeholders

By participating in this webinar, you will learn how to mitigate potential crises and safeguard your company’s reputation. 
Cost: Free

Click Here to Register


Bruce Cordingly, Principal
Sound Counsel Crisis Communications

J. Vander Stoep, Principal
Sound Counsel Crisis Communications

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

Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. Adds a New Location in Oklahoma City

Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. Adds a New Location in Oklahoma City

Houston, TX -- Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. (BLP), a fabricator and distributor of slings and rigging supplies, has announced the opening of a new regional office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma City office will be the one-stop source for servicing the oilfield rigging needs in the Mid-Continent region. “Our Oklahoma City office will provide rigging solutions and local MaxiRider™ support to businesses in the region,” says Jeff Bishop, President of Bishop Lifting Products. The new office enables BLP to host key customers and prospects, as well as the ability to offer essential product and solution services, such as onsite product testing and training.

Bishop Lifting Products in Oklahoma City will be fully stocked with Crosby products as well as a fabricator of slings, such as wire rope slings, web slings, roundslings, chain slings, and Slingmax® high performance slings. The location is also equipped with a 350,000 lb. proof testing machine, laser tag etching machine for making sling tags, a pouring tower for fabricating mast raising lines, and a 20,000 lb.  wire rope spooling machine.

Bill Ray, Regional Vice President based in the Oklahoma City branch, says “we feel like our Oklahoma City facility is state of the art!  It enables us to provide unparalleled service, fabrication and testing of rigging equipment for the Mid-Continent region.  We are very excited about being in Oklahoma City.”

This is the third new branch for Bishop Lifting Products in the past year.

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 Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Wyoming and Oklahoma supply wire rope, slings, rigging hardware, lifting devices, hoists and winches to customers with lifting, oilfield, towing, and hauling applications.

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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

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

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

Silver Award Winner for Crane & Rigging Support

2011 safety logo

On May 6, 2011, Bishop Lifting Products (BLP) was the recipient of the Crane & Rigging Support – Silver award in Houston Business Roundtable’s Safety Excellence competition.  Since 1988, the Houston Business Roundtable has been recognizing greater Houston area Industrial Contractors for outstanding safety performance.  This award process has become a joint effort to improve on-site safety, eliminate accidents, and most importantly, reduce injuries to employees. 

After receiving the nomination from BP in the category of Crane & Rigging Support, forms were submitted including the OSHA required safety data for fatalities, lost workday cases, recordable injuries and illnesses, copies of safety policies and procedures and documentation of safety best practices. 

Following a formal review process, 33 companies were chosen to receive field audits to assess onsite safety programs.  Topics under review for the field audit included accident prevention plans, safety training and education, emergency evacuation plan, substance abuse control programs, and driver safety training to name a few.  The audit team also interviewed shop employees to ensure “what was written is being implemented” for all safety procedures. 

Matthew Wilson, QHSE Manager at Bishop Lifting Products, said “it was an extreme honor to be nominated by BP and to receive the silver safety award for Crane & Rigging Support. Recognition should be given to every individual employee at Bishop; starting with the executive management who places such a great emphasis on safety, to all employees who follow the safe practices on a daily basis.”

Click here to view pictures from the event. 



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

Tags: OSHA, HBR, rigging safety, Houston business roundtable, crane & rigging, safety inspections