WSTDA will deliver its 2020 Fall Meeting
in an exciting new VIRTUAL format, enabling access from your
location to two Educational Sessions, the Annual Membership
Meeting and Elections, and Technical Committee Meetings.
Our attendees’ and the public’s health and safety are important to us,
which is why we will be engaging safely with the WSTDA community through
a unique digital experience.
All sessions of the Virtual
Fall Meeting are AT NO CHARGE to WSTDA Members, and
Learn about synthetic chain,
exploring fiber and constructional details, available
configurations, proper use (dos and don’ts), inspection,
removal from service, and more.
Hear from an accident
investigations expert about underlying issues and causes
leading up to failures of rigging products, focusing
on common product failures of synthetic nylon web slings,
polyester tie down straps and more.
Participate in the 2020
Annual Member Meeting and vote to elect the slate for
Board of Directors.
Hear updates on WSTDA
programs and Technical Committee activities.
View unique Application
Spotlights shared by fellow Members!
NEW FOR 2020: Application Spotlights!
The live Closing Session on Friday,
September 18, 2020 will provide a look at innovative and/or challenging
application “case studies” presented by YOU and your fellow Members.
Have something to share?
Virtual Fall Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities
Support WSTDA’s 2020 Fall Virtual Meeting with a sponsorship that
demonstrates your support and commitment to the industry. With a virtual
rather than in-person format, WSTDA offers unique opportunities for
sponsor engagement and recognition. Check out the 2020 fall sponsorship
Platinum Sponsorship ($1,000 – LIMIT OF
Gold Sponsorship ($500)
Silver Sponsorship ($250)
If you are interested in sponsoring, and would like more information,
please contact Kristin Evans at 443-640-1070, ext. 1110 or
Donald L. Pellow,
Pellow Engineering Services, Inc.
Product failures, most notably in lifting gear, have resulted in
multiple deaths, lifelong disabilities and hundreds of millions of
dollars in medical costs and settlements over the last several decades.
We in the industry have spent thousands of hours developing and
presenting safety seminars, and distributing safety literature and
bulletins. Many of us have been actively engaged on specification and
standards committees, writing safety standards and regulations for safe
use of rigging products. Regardless of our continued dedication and
tireless efforts in training and informing those involved in rigging and
lifting, accidents continue to rear their ugly heads.
The good news is that what we are doing as an industry is making a
difference... a positive difference. Unfortunately, just as we
experience with the news media, the bad news takes precedence over all
the safe work being accomplished in lifting and handling applications in
the field. Safety has become a top priority with most reputable
companies and efforts are being made to more thoroughly train employees
with hands-on responsibilities.
That being said, I wish to share with you some of the accident
investigations in which I have been involved over the years and the
underlying issues and causes leading up to failures of rigging products.
My presentation as part of the WSTDA 2020 Fall Virtual Meeting is not
intended to discourage you in your endeavors, but to hopefully
supplement your experiences and insights into your work with
distributors and customers. During my presentation, I will be focusing
on product failures of synthetic nylon web slings, polyester tie down
straps and even wire rope slings. The takeaway is a more keen awareness
of common issues during planned lifts on construction sites or in
industry settings, and also those failures occurring away from the job
sites; the “casual” use of slings and tie-downs in in everyday life away
from the work environment.
Don Pellow, P.E. of Pellow Engineering Services, Inc. will present
“Failure Analysis of Slings and Tie Downs” on Tuesday, September 15,
2020 at 1:00 pm Eastern during the WSTDA 2020 Fall Virtual Meeting. Mr.
Pellow is a thought-leader in the world of synthetic slings and wire
rope and rigging who has authored dozens papers. With over 35 years of
experience, Mr. Pellow operates Pellow Engineering Services after having
served Wire Rope Corporation of American (now, WireCo World Group) in
various leading engineering roles. Mr. Pellow conducts field
investigations, failure analysis, lab testing, and expert witness
testimony as well as training and consulting services. He currently also
publishes Bob's Rigging & Crane Handbook, a long-time industry text.
Scholarship Program Awards Two Education Grants
Program, launched in 2013 and promoted widely to qualified WSTDA-Member
employees and their legal dependents, attracted a record 86
applications, in competition for two merit-based awards of $3,000 each.
The 2020 -2021 Scholarship recipients are:
C. Holmes, of Cincinnati, OH is a May 2020 graduate of Oak Hills
High School in Cincinnati where she maintained a 4.0 GPA and served as
Class Officer and President, head of the Student Council Executive
Board, and member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honors
Society. Holmes is sponsored by WSTDA Member Ancra International’s
Michael Holmes, who is Director of Government/Military Sales & Contracts
for the company, which is based in Erlanger, KY.
In recognition of her academic excellence, Holmes was awarded Oak Hills
High School Academic “O” Award for all four years of her high school
career. Holmes also donated her time to church and volunteer activities
including Special Olympics, Special education Peer Partner, and
community food pantry service. She works part-time as a dietary aid at a
retirement village. She played participated in basketball and track.
Holms’ career goal is to be a nurse, something she’s known from a young
age. She will begin that path at Miami University, Oxford, OH in fall
Madysen M. Zdansky, of Corpus Christi, TX, is a 2019 graduate of
Veterans Memorial High School, Corpus Christi, TX and is pursing a
bachelors’ degree in Allied Health at Texas A&M University Corpus
Christi, under a Presidential Scholarship. She plans to prepare for
medical school after exploring a range of specialty medical fields
including anesthesiology, optometry, and pharmaceuticals. She is
sponsored by Kennedy Wire, Rope, and Sling Company’s Owner, Garland
Kennedy. The company is located in Corpus Christi.
Zdansky volunteered her time during high school in the
community-service-focused Coronets Club and Veterans Memorial National
Beta Club. She swam for the Veterans Memorial High School team for four
years, and was varsity team captain her senior year. As a violinist, she
played and participated in high school orchestra events and concerts for
the community, and was part of the Tri-M Honor Society for two years.
Most recently, Zdansky volunteers at Destination Imagination, Cupid’s
Chase, and Special Olympics activities.
Thirty one WSTDA Member organizations sponsored Scholarship applicants,
also a record number of sponsors for the seven-year-old program, which
is funded by the WSTDA operating budget and through the generous
donations from Members and supporters. Donations are welcome to ensure
the Scholarship Program’s continued success.
Plans are underway for the 2021-2022 Program and applications will be
available in early 2021.
Board Appoints New Officers
WSTDA Board of Directors recently appointed Mandy
Masters, of Ben-Mor Cables in Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec,
Canada to the office of President of the organization.
Also elected at the Board of Directors meeting held June
10, 2020 were new Vice President Trevor Waycott, of
Stren-Flex, LLC, Simpsonville, SC, and new
Secretary/Treasurer John Ketchum, of I & I/Slingmax®
Rigging Solutions, Aston, PA.
While Officer elections were delayed from spring to fall
following the cancellation of the 2020 Annual Meeting,
Della Picken, who has served as WSTDA President since
2018, announced to the Board in early June that she
would resign her position at the helm of the Board of
Directors effective June 10, 2020, due to her husband
Rudy’s serious illness. I am deeply saddened to announce
that Rudy succumbed to his courageous battle with cancer
on June 7.
Board accepted her resignation as President and Della
will remain a member of the WSTDA Board of Directors, as
Immediate Past President, where she intends to remain
actively engaged in the Board and the organization.
Jeff Iden, who served on the WSTDA Board of Directors
and held several Officer positions,
culminating as President from 2014 through 2018, now
concludes his term as Immediate Past President. The
Board thanked Jeff for his years of dedicated service to
the organization and its members.
Elections for the WSTDA Board of Directors, for the
2020-2022 term, will take place in fall 2020 in
conjunction with Fall Meeting activities. Up for
election are five seats. If you are interested in
serving on the Board of Directors, and have not yet
submitted an application, please visit www.wstda.com and
navigate to the Leadership page, where you will find a
link to download the application form.
Thank you for your continued Membership and engagement
Are You Ready to
Nominations Open for WSTDA Board of Directors
of Directors to the Board will be held during 2020 Annual Members’
Meeting, during the General Session and annual Member Meeting scheduled
for Monday, September 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern.
There are five positions up for election, each for a two-year term
starting immediately following the elections.
The principal and alternate representative of any Regular or Associate
member in good standing is eligible for election to the Board of
Directors. (A subsidiary of a member which maintains its own separate
membership in the association may also be eligible for election to the
Board of Directors.)
If you are interested in serving or would like to nominate a qualified
candidate to serve if elected,
download an application or email
email@example.com for more information.
COVID-19 Virus and disinfecting of Slings
Numerous parties have contacted WSTDA
asking for advice on how to disinfect synthetic slings and tie downs to
prevent the transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. WSTDA is not
aware of any proven way to disinfect synthetic slings and tie downs that
will prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 virus or that will ensure
or certify the absence of the COVID-19 virus once the slings have been
New and Revised Standards
The WSTDA Technical Committees been meet
regularly to review and revise WSTDA recommended standards, on a
standard five-year cycle, and to discuss needs for new standards, as new
products and applications develop.
late 2019, the Load Securement Technical Committee finalized its draft
new Recommended Standard Specification for Interior Van Securement
Devices (T-5), which applies to interior van securement and restraint
devices for the purpose of securing cargo. The WSTDA Board approved the
final draft and the new T-5 was published in early 2020, and is
available for free download to the public. This new standard recommends
construction as well as identification and marking of common interior
cargo securement devices and gives important practical advice on their
use, maintenance and inspection.
The Roundsling Technical Committee in 2019 completed revisions to two
publications: the Recommended Standard for Synthetic Polyester
Roundslings (RS-1) and the Recommended Operating, Care and Inspection
Manual for Synthetic Polyester Roundslings (RS-2).
applies to roundslings made of polyester fibers used for lifting,
suspending, transporting, lowering, and handling of materials. It
recommends construction, identification and marking of these roundslings.
In addition, it provides sling capacity information and important
practical advice on the use, maintenance and inspection of roundslings.
The RS-2 Manual is intended to serve as a general outline of recommended
procedures and suggested operating practices and is not intended to be
an all-inclusive list of procedures for specific products or
All WSTDA Recommended Standards and Operating Manuals are available for
free download to the public at www.wstda.com where the public is also
invited to submit a formal comment on, or recommended revision to, any
WSTDA publication at any time. Contact
with questions or for more information.
Questions You May Have About Emergency Leave, Requiring Employees to
Return to Work, and What You Can and Cannot Ask Them
On March 18, 2020, the Families First
Coronavirus Response Act became law. That law created two new emergency
paid leave requirements: the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the
Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act. The Wage and Hour
Division of the Department of Labor issued regulations implementing
these two new laws on April 1, 2020. This article presents the
Calling all Members
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Continue to Grow Globally
WSTDA continues is upward trend in
membership, welcoming five new members since the Spring 2020 newsletter.
New Associate Member
Jacob Mueller of America Inc.
2231 Gateway Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28208
Phone: (704) 394-3135
Primary Contact: Scott Archibald
New Regular Members
Ferreterro India PVT LTD
A-40 Sector 83
Noida, UP 201305, India
Primary Contact: Puneet Jhalani
Jiangsu Miao Run Sen Logistics Technology Co., Ltd.
No. 129 Zhongshan Road
10/F Zhongnan International Building
Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
Primary Contact: Jing Zhou
Profesionales en Carga Mig SA de CV
Amores No. 16-B, Col. Santa Inés
DFCP 0212 Azcapotzalco Delegation, Mexico
Primary Contact: Javier Garcia De La Torre
Wuxi BeltAlpha New Material Co., Ltd.
No. 18 XinFeng Road
Yixing City, Jiangsu, China
Primary Contact: Ming Chen