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
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.
NEW FOR FALL 2013:
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
& 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.