Issue #38  •  Fall 2013


The Newsletter of the

Web Sling & Tie Down Association

Board & Committee Reports

President's Message

Technical Coordinator's Report

Web Sling Committee


Kathy DeMarco

Executive Director

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Fred Stringfellow, CAE

Management Liaison

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Cynthia Sanchez

Director of Meetings

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Kristin Grove

Association Coordinator

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WSTDA Events


WSTDA 2013 Fall Meeting
Sax Chicago – A Thompson Hotel
October 15-17, 2013
Chicago, Illinois


WSTDA 2014 Annual Meeting
DoubleTree by Hilton Charleston-Historic District
May 5-8, 2014
Charleston, South Carolina


WSTDA 2014 Fall Meeting
Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza
Oct. 13-16, 2014
Kansas City, MO



WSTDA 2015 Annual Meeting

Marriott Pinnacle Downtown
May 5-7, 2015
Vancouver, BC Canada





What’s New for the WSTDA Fall Meeting?
Technical Discussion Forums, Risk Management Session, Technology “Spotlights”
October 15-17, 2013 • Hotel Sax Chicago • Chicago, IL

An enhanced program featuring even more interaction on technical issues, and a first-rate location in the Windy City, promise to make the WSTDA 2013 Fall Meeting a first-rate gathering of industry leaders. For detailed information and registration please visit the Fall Meeting site.

A newly-formed WSTDA Program Task Force has been responding to member input and working to enhance the WSTDA Fall Meeting program. As a result, new program components have been planned to add more interaction on technical discussions, a can’t-miss session on risk management for the crane, sling and rigging industry, and the opportunity to highlight new technologies by members.


  • WSTDA’s Technical Committees will each hold two meetings; a working session where progress will be made on current projects such as WSTDA Recommended Standards reviews, followed by an interactive Discussion Forum where attendees have the opportunity to submit discussion topics in advance of each session.

  • “New Technology Spotlight” presentations now offer members a 15-minute presentation opportunity intended to highlight new technology, processes, or offerings of interest to the WSTDA audience.

  • An eye-opening session on risk management and legal issues, presented by Todd L. Peterson, a partner at San Francisco-based law firm. Peterson’s practice focuses on product liability, and he has specialized training in crane safety management and sling and rigging safety.

WSTDA Celebrated 40th Anniversary Napa Style

WSTDA headed west to the picturesque Napa, California to celebrate its 40th anniversary Annual Meeting this past May. The meeting provided educational and networking opportunities, participation in committee meetings and the opportunity to explore the wine country, plus a special Anniversary celebration dinner held in the wine cave at Meritage Resort, the host location. DETAILS

WSTDA Officers, Directors Elected at 2013 Annual Meeting

The members of WSTDA elected the 2013-2014 Board of Directors at the 2013 Annual Meeting, held May 7-9 at The Meritage Resort, Napa, CA. The Board of Directors also appointed the association’s Officers for 2013-2014.

Tom Wynn, of Peerless Chain Company, Winona, MN was re-elected to serve as President of the
Association, his second one-year term. Supporting Wynn is a strong cabinet of officers including newly-elected President-Elect Jeff Iden, Cargo Equipment Corporation, Elgin, IL; Immediate Past President Michael Gelskey, Sr., Lift-It Mfg. Co.; Vice President Greg Pilgrim, Murdock Webbing Co., Inc., Central Falls, RI; and Secretary/Treasurer Jim Bailey, Filtec Precise Inc., Tabor City, NC.

The 2013-2014 Directors include Scott Fleming, Unirope Limited, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; Karl Heinz Keisewitt, Doleco GmbH, Dortmund, Germany; Steve Schroeder, WearFlex Slings, Winston-Salem, NC; Loren Stolin, Security Chain Co., Clackamas, OR; and Steve Atzeni, Kinedyne Corporation, Lawrence, KS.

New WSTDA Recommended Test Method Released

WSTDA is pleased to announce the publication of its newly-developed “Strength & Elongation Recommended Test Method for Sling & Tie Down Webbing” (WSTDA-TM-1). This new Recommended Test Method is the result of over four years of work in developing and gaining consensus from the industry and the public; the effort was shepherded by the WSTDA Testing Technical Committee led by Chair Charles Lucas.

This Recommended Standard Specification is intended to assist users specifying the test method for
tensile strength and elongation and to serve as a guide to the industry, government and other regulatory bodies. It applies to the tensile strength and elongation test method for sling and tie down webbing and recommends the equipment and method for testing widths up through 12 inches.

The recommended standard is modeled after Federal Test Method Standard No. 191A, Method 4108. The original federal standard was inactivated and is no longer updated or revised by the U.S. government.

All WSTDA members will receive a complimentary copy of the new TM-1, and additional copies can be ordered for purchase through WSTDA.

WSTDA Quick Pulse Survey: 2013 2nd Quarter Results Reflect Rising Demand

WSTDA’s 2013 2nd Quarter “Quick Pulse Survey” responses reflect rising demand for web slings, tie downs and components and material supplies, with roundsling demand staying generally even, when compared to both the 1st quarter of 2013 and the 2nd quarter of 2012. Exports of web slings, roundslings and tie downs are all performing well, with about half staying even and half rising as compared to the 1st quarter of 2013.

These are just some of the insights provided by WSTDA’s quarterly Quick Pulse survey, which helps business owners gauge the current and future business environment to compare to their own operations and help guide their business forecasting and planning. WSTDA’s quarterly Quick Pulse Survey is the only source for the overall outlook for growth, employment, demand, margin expansion/contraction, supply shortages (labor, goods) and exporting activity in the web sling and tie down industry. It is a useful tool for analysis by business owners who need to gauge the current and future business environment to help guide their business forecasting and planning.

Broad participation in the quarterly Quick Pulse survey is paramount, so that results truly reflect the industry as a whole. Following the end of each calendar quarter, WSTDA emails a survey request to one person at each member organization. No company’s individual responses are released; only an aggregated report is provided to WSTDA members.

Be sure to participate in this free service provided by WSTDA by responding to the 3rd quarter survey, coming in early October.

WSTDA Welcomes New Members

WSTDA welcomed six new members since we published the last issue of Uplifting News, including four Regular Members and two Associate Members. Four of the new Members are US-based, and two are Canadian. WSTDA Membership stands at an all-time high of 121 Members, and growing! DETAILS


Lucas Honored with ASME Dedicated Service Award

Charles Lucas of The Crosby Group, LLC, Tulsa, OK and Chair of WSTDA’s Testing Technical Committee was presented with an ASME Dedicated Service Award during the May 2013 meeting of the B30 Main Committee, held in Denver, CO. The annual award is presented to one of the over 700 individual volunteers in the Safety Committees of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Larry Means, chairman of the B30 committees, made the 

presentation during the main committee session. Lucas has served on the Main Committee, B30.9 Slings Committee, B30.10 Hooks Committee and has chaired B30.26 Rigging Hardware from its inception. The award was presented to Lucas for his leadership in the rapid development of the B30.26 Rigging Hardware standard.

Delta Rigging & Tools Acquires Morgan City Rentals, Holloway Wire Rope

Delta Rigging & Tools, Inc. recently announced the acquisition of WSTDA Member Morgan City Rentals, a leading provider of offshore rental equipment and rigging supply in the Gulf of Mexico. Joe Sanford, Jr., President and owner of Morgan City Rentals, said “I am very pleased to have found a partner like Delta Rigging & Tools that provides such a compelling fit for our employees and customers. We are excited to join forces with the talented management team of Delta Rigging & Tools. Both Morgan City Rentals and Delta Rigging & Tools are well-known companies managed by executives with decades of experience in the rental equipment and rigging business. We now have the nation’s most extensive fleet of pipe slings, hoists, winches, compressors, pumps and related rigging equipment.”

In a separate announcement, Delta Rigging & Tools also announced its acquisition of Holloway Wire Rope, supplier of wire rope, below-the-hook lifting devices and rigging supplies headquartered in Tulsa, OK, with a second location in Wichita, KS. The acquisition of Holloway Wire Rope expands Delta Rigging & Tools footprint into the Oklahoma oil and gas fields, along with broadening its reach into the Midwest markets.


Determining the Adequacy of Warnings and the Admissibility of Expert Testimony: A Case Study

WSTDA has spent considerable time, effort and capital over the past three or four years to re-do its warning labels with the help of a human factors expert. Now that that project has been accomplished, a case study involving a human factors expert and warning labels may be of interest. DETAILS


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