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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

Crosby Sling Calculator 6.0 - Now Available for iPhones and iPads

The much-anticipated Crosby Sling Calculator is now available as an app for your iPad or iPhone! With over 15 calculators, this app is packed with utilities to aid you in determining sling tensions, calculating a load's center of gravity, and computing the volume and weight of a load. Users of our popular PC-based Sling Calculator will find all of the functionality, and more, here in this newest addition to our suite of apps by The Crosby Group. 

crosby app

Features of the Crosby Sling Calculator 6.0

  • Features more than 15 calculators and utilities designed to aid in determining sling tensions, calculating a load's center of gravity, and computing the volume and weight of a load.
  • Allows you to choose local measurement (Metric units, Feet and Inches or Decimal Feet).
  • Indicate your preference for Vertical Sling Angles (CEN) or Horizontal Sling Angles (ASME).

The Crosby Sling Calculator also provides tutorial messages and inquiry screens that allow “real time” education on the use of the products many attributes. Finally, with just the tap on the screen the resultant PDF files can be sent directly to your e-mail inbox.  

The Crosby Sling Calculator is available for $24.99 (US). Click here to download the app today! 

Tags: lifting and rigging, The Crosby Group, Crosby

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

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

Jeff Bishop Reels in Big Fish at Texas Charity

Bishop Lifting Products just returned from participating in the Texas Oilman’s Charity Invitational Fishing Tournament on July 22-24th in Matagorda, Texas.  750 fishermen converge on Matagorda for this event benefiting a number of local charities including the Shrine Burn Hospital for Children, Special Olympics Texas National Games, and the Boys & Girls Club of Harris County to name a few.

Jeff Bishop Trout

This year is expected to bring $ 400,000, but in 2009 the tournament netted $455,808. Of last years amount, $402,955 was distributed to 39 charities and $52,853 was retained to start our 2010 tournament. The total distribution to charities from our 2002 inaugural event to 2009 has been $2.7 million.

Friday delivered high winds and rough seas, but we boated a few speckled trout despite the conditions.  Saturday winds laid down and cleared the water up, making the boat rides easier on everyone. 

Jeff Bishop carried Team Bishop Lifting and landed a 26-1/2” – 5 lb. 6 oz. speckled trout and a 23” redfish early on a topwater lure.  His patented speckled trout call and maduro cigar seemed to be the secret to his success.  His speckled trout weighed in and placed a respectable 4th place. 

Team Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. consisted of 8 fishermen and a fishing guide.  We had a great time supporting this great charity.

Tags: lifting and rigging, wire rope sling, Bishop Lifting Products, lifting devices, fishing tournament, Jeff Bishop, texas oilman's invitational charity tournament, matagorda texas, Texas Charity