Issue #34  •  Fall 2011


The Newsletter of the

Web Sling & Tie Down Association

Board & Committee Reports

President's Message

Roundsling Technical Committee Report

Load Securement Technical Committee Report

Testing Committee Report


Baltimore Hosts 2011 Fall Meeting
Registration Now Open; Deadline September 19

The Web Sling & Tie Down Association is headed to historic Baltimore, Maryland for its 2011 Fall Meeting, October 18-20. This meeting provides educational and networking opportunities, as well as opportunities to participate in WSTDA committee meetings that shape the future of the industry. Our featured session, “Business Survival 101” will put into perspective the specific actions business leaders need to take to navigate through these uncertain times.


The majestic Hotel Monaco Baltimore hosts this event. Situated in the landmark Baltimore & Ohio Railroad headquarters, built in 1906, this downtown Baltimore hotel provides an experience like no other. From the elegant three-story lobby with its original marble floor and Tiffany stained-glass windows, to the beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites, Hotel Monaco Baltimore will surround you with spacious, timeless style and a great place to network, learn, and enjoy the company of peers.

Sponsorships Still Available for Fall Meeting

Increase your exposure at WSTDA’s 2011 Fall Meeting in Baltimore, and help to support WSTDA’s programs and activities by becoming a Sponsor. Click here for details on sponsorship opportunities.

2011 Spring Meeting at Sanibel Island: Recap

WSTDA convened in Florida’s Sanibel Island May 16-20 for the 2011 Spring Meeting. Thanks to our 2011 Spring Meeting Sponsors, the event was a great value and experience for all attendees. DETAILS


"Loss of Consortium" and Emotional Distress Claims in Sling Fall Case

The California Court of Appeal, 2d District, in a May decision, affirmed an award of over half a million dollars to a woman who fell out of a sling on a lift system used to get her from the bed to the bathroom and affirmed the trial court’s decision that her husband suffered no emotional distress, but reversed the trial court’s finding that the husband suffered no loss of consortium. DETAILS

WSTDA Quick Pulse Survey: A Useful Marketplace Gauge

WSTDA’s quarterly Quick Pulse Survey indicates that following the second quarter of 2011, a majority of members expect sluggish to normal growth, with about 23% of respondents expecting above-normal growth, in the next 12 months. DETAILS

WSTDA Warning Products Policy

Last fall, WSTDA unveiled a new set of warnings products available in English, Spanish and French. The new warnings include fabric warning labels for web slings, round slings and tie downs and paper safety bulletins for web slings, round slings and tie downs. DETAILS


Bishop Lifting Products Receives Safety Excellence Award; Acquires Florida Wire Rope

On May 6, 2011, WSTDA Member Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. was the recipient of the Crane & Rigging Support – Silver award in Houston Business Roundtable’s Safety Excellence competition. The competition recognizes greater Houston-area Industrial Contractors for outstanding safety performance. DETAILS

WSTDA Welcomes New Members

WSTDA welcomed five new members since we published the last issue of Uplifting News. DETAILS



Fred Stringfellow, CAE

Executive Director

443-640-1070 ext. 102

Kathy DeMarco

Associate Director

443-640-1070 ext. 119

Cynthia Jordan

Director of Meetings & Membership

443-640-1070 ext. 117

Laura Izzo

Association Coordinator

443-640-1070 ext. 110

WSTDA Events


WSTDA Fall Meeting
Hotel Monaco Baltimore
October 18-20, 2011
Baltimore, Maryland




WSTDA 2012 Annual Meeting
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
June 5-7, 2012
Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada


WSTDA Fall Meeting
The Marquette Hotel
October 16-18, 2012
Minneapolis, Minnesota



WSTDA 2013 Annual Meeting
The Meritage Resort and Spa
May 6-9, 2013
Napa, California


© 2011 Web Sling & Tie Down Association


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