Issue #52 • Fall 2020


The Newsletter of the

Web Sling & Tie Down Association

Board & Committee Reports

President's Message

Immediate Past President's Message

Technical Coordinator's Report

Load Securement Technical Committee Update

Roundsling Technical Committee Update

Web Sling Technical Committee Update

Legal Resources Committee Update


Kathleen A. DeMarco, CAE

Executive Director

443-640-1070 ext. 1119

Sara Duginske
Associate Director
443-640-1070 ext. 1253

Fred Stringfellow, CAE

Management Liaison

443-640-1070 ext. 1102

Cynthia Sanchez

Director of Meetings

443-640-1070 ext. 1117

Kristin Evans

Association Coordinator

443-640-1070 ext. 1110

Rene Bonner
Publications Coordinator
443-640-1070 ext. 1130

WSTDA Events



WSTDA 2020 Fall Virtual Meeting
September 14-18, 2020
Details available at


WSTDA 2021 Annual Meeting
May 10-12, 2021
Hilton Salt Lake City Center
Salt Lake City, UT

WSTDA 2021 Fall Meeting
October 25-28, 2021
Hotel Chicago Downtown

Chicago, IL






WSTDA Virtual Fall Meeting
FREE to All Members!

Save the Dates: September 14-18, 2020

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 invited guests!

  • 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? READ MORE

2020 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 options:

Platinum Sponsorship ($1,000 – LIMIT OF TWO)
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

Product Failures
Donald L. Pellow, P.E.
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.

WSTDA 2020-2021 Scholarship Program Awards Two Education Grants

WSTDA’s Scholarship 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:

Selena 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 2020.

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.

WSTDA Board Appoints New Officers

The 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.

The 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.

Mandy Masters

Trevor Waycott
Vice President

John Ketchum

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 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 in WSTDA.

Are You Ready to Serve?
Nominations Open for WSTDA Board of Directors

Election 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 for more information.

Statement on 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 disinfected. READ MORE

WSTDA Publishes 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.

In 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).

RS-1 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 applications.

All WSTDA Recommended Standards and Operating Manuals are available for free download to the public at 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. 


Answers to 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 highlights. READ MORE

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WSTDA Members 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
Web Site: 
Primary Contact: Scott Archibald

New Regular Members

Ferreterro India PVT LTD
A-40 Sector 83
Noida, UP 201305, India
Phone: +911204753000
Web Site:
Primary Contact: Puneet Jhalani

Jiangsu Miao Run Sen Logistics Technology Co., Ltd.
No. 129 Zhongshan Road
10/F Zhongnan International Building
Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
Phone: +862583209860
Web Site:
Primary Contact: Jing Zhou

Profesionales en Carga Mig SA de CV
Amores No. 16-B, Col. Santa Inés
DFCP 0212 Azcapotzalco Delegation, Mexico
Phone: +5555776737
Web Site:
Primary Contact: Javier Garcia De La Torre

Wuxi BeltAlpha New Material Co., Ltd.
No. 18 XinFeng Road
Xinjian Town
Yixing City, Jiangsu, China
Phone: +86051085160682
Web Site:
Primary Contact: Ming Chen



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