Issue #29  •  Spring 2009


The Newsletter of the

Web Sling & Tie Down Association

Board & Committee Reports

President's Message

Vice President's Message

Web Sling Technical Committee Report

Load Securement Technical Committee Report

Testing Committee Report


Asheville to Host 2009 Spring Meeting

Asheville, NC

The Web Sling & Tie Down Association is headed to Asheville, North Carolina for its 2009 Spring Meeting. This meeting provides educational and networking opportunities, as well as opportunities to participate in committee meetings that shape the future of the industry.

The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa will host the event and is offering a special rate of $249/night, June 1-5, single/double to WSTDA meeting attendees. WSTDA’s rate is available 3 days prior

and post meeting, based on availability.

To make your reservation, call the hotel at 1-800-438-5800. Be sure to identify yourself as part of Web Sling & Tie Down Association’s 2009 Spring Meeting. DETAILS


Aftermath of Crane Collapse in New York Shows the Validity of WSTDA Standards and Warnings

On March 15, 2008, a crane collapsed in New York City, resulting in the death of seven people. There was a second crane collapse on May 30, which killed two people. The March 15 accident was attributed to a break in the nylon slings. It led to the resignation of the New York City Buildings Commissioner; 21 claims being filed with the New York City Comptroller’s Office seeking $366 million for personal injury, property damage and wrongful death; a revision of the NYC rules on crane operations; OSHA’s assessing fines of $220,000 against the rigging company; passage of a new law in New York City that prohibits the use of nylon slings unless the manufacturer’s manual specifically states or recommends their use and mandates special padding to protect the slings from sharp edges; the arrest and indictment of a NYC Buildings Department inspector, who was charged with falsifying a record to show he visited the construction site when he hadn’t; and the indictment of the rigger and his company on seven counts for second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment and second-degree assault.  DETAILS

WSTDA Welcomes New Member

WSTDA welcomed a new member since the last issue of UpLifting News.


Titan Supply LP
5303-75 Street
Edmonton, AB
T6E 5S5 Canada
Phone: 780-481-1122
Fax: 780-481-1503
Primary Representative: Terry Jones
Alternate Representative: Corey Fisher
Manufacturer of Web Slings, Tie Downs and Round Slings



Fred Stringfellow, CAE

Executive Director

443-640-1070 ext. 102

Cynthia Jordan

Director of Meetings & Membership

443-640-1070 ext. 117

Eileen Laidler

Association Coordinator

443-640-1070 ext. 110

WSTDA Events


WSTDA 2009 Annual Meeting
May 31-June 3
Grove Park Inn
Asheville, North Carolina

WSTDA Fall Meeting
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
October 18-20, 2009
Seattle, Washington



WSTDA 2010 Annual Meeting
Sheraton Maui Resort
May 16-19, 2009
Maui, Hawaii


© 2009 Web Sling & Tie Down Association


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