Interaction on technical issues,
informative educational sessions, and a first-rate location in charming,
historic Charleston, South Carolina, promise to make the WSTDA 2014
Annual Meeting a can’t-miss gathering of industry leaders.
2014 ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS:
Each of WSTDA’s four Technical Committees
will convene for a work session, where progress will be made on current
projects such as WSTDA Recommended Standards reviews. Each Committee
will also host a separate and highly-interactive Discussion Forum
session, for which attendees may suggest possible discussion topics in
advance via an online form.
An educational session on web sling cut
protection and protection devices, including an overview of recent
industry activity to begin seeking development of classification and
rating test methods for cut resistant web sling and roundsling
protection, will be presented.
“New Technology Spotlight” presentations:
15-minute presentation opportunity intended to highlight new technology,
processes, or offerings of interest to the WSTDA audience.
Click here for more information about the WSTDA 2014 Annual Meeting.
Sponsorships Still Available for Annual Meeting in Charleston
Increase your exposure at WSTDA’s Annual
Meeting in Charleston, and help support WSTDA’s programs and activities
by becoming an Annual Meeting Sponsor.
Click here for details on sponsorship opportunities.
Revision Draft Available for Public Review and Comment
WSTDA’s Load Securement Committee has
completed its revisions to the current edition of WSTDA Recommended
Standard Specification for Web Tie Downs, (WSTDA-T-1), and received
approval of the WSTDA Board of Directors to publish the Revision Draft
for public comment. The public comment period will end February 24,
To view the Revision Draft and download a Comment form to use in
submitting comments, please
click here. Web Sling & Tie Down Association, Inc. has been
recognized as a standards writing organization by the Department of
Scholarship Program Kicks Off in 2014
Significant New Member Benefit Launches in March!
At the direction of WSTDA President Tom
Wynn, a Scholarship Task Force was formed last year to develop a new
member benefit in the form of a scholarship program. The WSTDA Board was
presented with the Task Force’s program and funding plan last fall and
subsequently approved the new Scholarship Program, which is launching in
WSTDA Quick Pulse Survey: 2013
4th Quarter Survey Now Open
WSTDA’s 2013 4th Quarter “Quick Pulse
Survey” is now open and members are encouraged to participate. WSTDA’s
quarterly Quick Pulse survey 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 2013 4th quarter survey, found
WSTDA to Launch New Website Feature: Member
Members will soon see new information at
www.wstda.com – the addition of Member Profiles! What is a Member
Profile? A short, informative few paragraphs with accompanying photos,
which provide an overview of the Member’s line of business, customer
base, facilities, personnel, and special activities.
WSTDA is inviting all Regular, Associate and Affiliate Members to
complete a brief form which will provide information to WSTDA staff in order to create a Member Profile of the company. The
information submitted on the form will be used in conjunction with a
brief telephone interview by staff to develop the Profiles. Photos are
If you would like your company to be one of the first to be featured in
a Member Profile, please
complete the form and submit it right away.
WSTDA Membership Reaches Record Levels
WSTDA has welcomed eight new members since
we published the last issue of Uplifting News, including seven Regular
Members and one Associate Member. Our newest members hail from the
United States, Mexico, and Egypt, representing a wide variety of
industry products and applications. WSTDA Membership stands at an
all-time high of 128 Members, and growing!
& Tools Breaks Ground on New Houston Facility
Pictured left to Right:
James Morton, Tom Morron, Mike Peters, Veronica Frias, Wesley Butler,
Denise Roberts, Bob Shelp, Jarrod Coulter, Rob Evans, Davyd Reed, Tanya
Late last fall, Delta Rigging & Tools held
a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on a
27,000-square-foot multipurpose building located on 3.7 acres of land in
Pasadena, TX. The new 27,000-square-foot facility will consolidate Delta
Rigging & Tools’ current Pasadena branch
and the corporate office building located in Pearland into one location.
The new Facility will boast a total of 22,000-square feet of rigging
shop and warehouse in addition to an expanded 5,000- square-foot
corporate office space.
In a separate announcement, Harrington
Hoists, Inc. recently announced Delta Rigging & Tools as the winner of
their 2012 Outstanding Distributor of the Year award. The 2012 award
presentation dinner was held September 28, 2013 in The Woodlands, TX.
Also, Delta Rigging & Tools has accepted an exclusive Distributor
Agreement for Redaelli Products in the Gulf of Mexico Region, for both
onshore and offshore. The agreement gives Delta Rigging & Tools sales
and marketing exclusivity in the Gulf of Mexico region for Redaelli
specialty compacted, non-rotating and multi-strand Steel Wire Ropes.
Redaelli is based in Milan, Italy.
Warning Labels and Expert
Opinion: Location, Size, Content, Durability and Language
A recent (October 2013) case from the
District of Columbia brings up three issues that have long been the foci
of WSTDA: the adequacy of warning labels (including their content,
placement and permanence), the languages in which they are made
available, and the employment of expert witnesses to prove a party’s
claims. In Romero v. ITW Food Equipment Group, LLC, 2013 WL 5817670 (D.D.C.
2013), an employee was standing on a step and using an unguarded meat
grinder to grind chicken. At some point his right leg suddenly bent
forward, his right foot slipped off the step, and he fell forward
towards the machine. His right arm, which was slippery from the fat and
grease of the chicken, went into the feedcylinder and his hand was
pulled into the worm. He suffered severe injuries to his right hand,
which had to be amputated.