WSTDA 2020 VIRTUAL FALL MEETING SEPTEMBER 14-18, 2020
    
 

 

WSTDA 2020 Fall Virtual Meeting Speakers

Synthetic Chain
Monday, September 14
Presented by Michael Gelskey, Sr., CEO/Owner, Lift-It Mfg. Co., Inc.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EASTERN (US and Canada)
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Synthetic Chain is a revolutionary technology now available for load handling and load securement activities.

Michael Gelskey, Sr., CEO/Owner, Lift-It Mfg. Co., Inc. will present a non-brand-specific overview of Synthetic Chain, from a material and construction perspective. Mike will also offer information on the proper use, inspection and removal from service criteria for High Performance Synthetic Chain.

Think back to the early 1970s, when web slings were just making their appearance in North America. A few years later, roundslings came into more widespread use. The initial attitude for both products was skeptical. With Synthetic Chain as an innovation to the range of load handling and securement products available to users, here is your opportunity to be informed; knowledge is power, and WSTDA strives to provide vital information to its Members, and in so doing promotes safety and innovation.

Failure Analysis of Slings and Tie Downs
Tuesday, September 15
Presented by Donald L. Pellow, P.E., Pellow Engineering Services, Inc.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EASTERN (US and Canada)
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Product failures, most noticeably in lifting gear, have resulted in deaths, lifelong disabilities and hundreds of millions of dollars in medical costs and settlements over the last several decades. The synthetic sling industry has spent thousands of hours developing and presenting safety seminars, distributing safety literature and bulletins, and actively engaging 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 show their ugly heads.

In this session, Donald L. Pellow, P.E., Pellow Engineering Services, Inc. will share some of the accident investigations in which he has been involved over the years and the common underlying issues and causes leading up to failures of rigging products. Don’s presentation is intended to supplement your experiences and insights into your work with distributors and customers.

Don will be focusing on product failures of synthetic nylon web slings, polyester tie down straps and even wire rope slings. The objective is to raise awareness surrounding of planned lifts on construction sites or in industry settings, and also, failures occurring away from the job sites; the casual use of slings and tie-downs in our everyday lives away from our work environment.

 

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