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OSHA Wire Rope Inspection Fact Sheet

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Another great Fact Sheet from OSHA on the proper inspection requirements for wire rope used on cranes and derricks in construction. This document is intended to assist wire rope inspectors and supervisors. These provisions are effective November 8, 2010.
Fact sheet focuses on what actions need to be performed for:
    • Shift inspections: deficienceies and removal service criteria
    • critical review items
    • monthly inspection
    • and annual/comprehensive inspections. 

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Silver Award Winner for Crane & Rigging Support

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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

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'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

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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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