Issue #39  •  Spring 2014


The Newsletter of the

Web Sling & Tie Down Association

Board & Committee Reports

President's Message

Technical Coordinator's Report

Load Securement Technical Committee

Roundsling Technical Committee

Web Sling Technical Committee

Testing Committee


Kathy DeMarco

Executive Director

443-640-1070 ext. 119

Fred Stringfellow, CAE

Management Liaison

443-640-1070 ext. 102

Cynthia Sanchez

Director of Meetings

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Kristin Grove

Association Coordinator

443-640-1070 ext. 110

WSTDA Events


WSTDA 2014 Annual Meeting
DoubleTree by Hilton Charleston-Historic District
May 5-8, 2014
Charleston, South Carolina


WSTDA 2014 Fall Meeting
Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza
Oct. 13-16, 2014
Kansas City, MO



WSTDA 2015 Annual Meeting

Marriott Pinnacle Downtown
May 5-7, 2015
Vancouver, BC Canada





WSTDA 2014 Annual Meeting
May 6-8, 2014 • DoubleTree by Hilton Charleston-Historic District • Charleston, South Carolina

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.


  • 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.

T-1 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, 2014.

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 Justice.

WSTDA 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 2014. DETAILS

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 here.

WSTDA to Launch New Website Feature: Member Profiles

Members will soon see new information at – 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 welcome!

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! DETAILS


Delta Rigging & 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 Boucher.

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. DETAILS


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