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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

Crane & Rigging / Industrial Crane & Hoist Conferences - May 23-24

CRC / ICHC 2012

Join Bishop Lifting Products at the Crane & Rigging / Industrial Crane & Hoist Conferences!

The jointly-held Crane & Rigging Conference and Industrial Crane & Hoist Conference (CRC/ICHC), hosted by MCM Events, moves to a new venue in 2012. The two-day safety management conference will be held May 23-24, 2012 in New Orleans, La.

The two-day conference is geared for safety managers, crane and rigging supervisors, plant managers, and risk management personnel. New this year, attendees can choose from two educational tracts. ICHC sessions will discuss topics relevant to users of overhead cranes inside plants or heavy industrial environments. CRC sessions will be of interest to users of mobile and tower cranes working in construction environments. In addition, several joint sessions focusing on training techniques, accident trends, and rigging inspection and proper use promise something for everyone.

BLP will be exhibiting and invite everyone to attend this great conference series.  Salespeople from our New Orleans and Houston branches will be present.  


There's still time to register! 

Register prior to March 31, 2012 to reveive the early bird rate $550 (a savings of $145).   All early bird registrations will be entered into a drawing for an iPad 2.   Registration includes admission into either conference and breakfast and lunch both days.  

Register online:  CRC / ICHC  or 

Register by phone: Franci Motz,, 602-368-8552 

Tags: lifting and rigging, new orleans, crc, crane safety

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

SC&RA's FREE Online Crane Operator Webinar

Crane Operator Certification


Start 2011 off right and brush up on the new OSHA regulations with this FREE webinar from SC&RA. This webinar will give you an overview of the impact of OSHA's Cranes and Derricks Standard on Personnel Certification/Qualification and detail the new requirements for Crane Operators and for other personnel (i.e. Signal Persons, Riggers, etc).

Date: January 26, 2011
Time: 12:00- 1:30 EST
Cost: FREE

Register here. You must register by January 25.

This is a perfect way to stay up to date on your crane & rigging safety standards. Bishop Lifting Products' employees will also be on the call to hear more about the new OSHA regulations and other industry news. For more information on the change from OSHA, below are fact sheets to explain the qualification and certification requirements.

Tags: OSHA, Crane Operator Certification, rigging safety, SC&RA, Bishop Lifting Products, crane & rigging, crane safety

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

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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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.

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