Issue #41  •  Spring 2015


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

Testing Technical Committee

Web Sling Technical Committee


Robert S. Jasany
Technical Coordinator

Kathy DeMarco

Executive Director

443-640-1070 ext. 119

Fred Stringfellow, CAE

Management Liaison

443-640-1070 ext. 102

Cynthia Sanchez

Director of Meetings

443-640-1070 ext. 117

Kristin Grove

Association Coordinator

443-640-1070 ext. 110

WSTDA Events


WSTDA 2015 Annual Meeting

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


WSTDA 2015 Fall Meeting
Oct. 6-8, 2015
Omni Providence Hotel, Providence, RI


WSTDA 2016 Annual Meeting

May 3-5, 2016
Omni La Mansion del Rio, San Antonio, TX


WSTDA 2016 Fall Meeting
October 4-6, 2016
Hotel Chicago Downtown, Chicago, IL



WSTDA 2017 Annual Meeting
May 8-11, 2017
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino, Incline Village, NV






WSTDA 2015 Annual Meeting
May 5-7, 2015 • Marriott Pinnacle Downtown • Vancouver, BC

Interaction on a wide variety of technical issues… an enlightening educational session on mitigating product liability… technical meetings on standards development… a first-rate location in a premier international destination … all promise to make the WSTDA 2015 Annual Meeting a can’t-miss gathering of industry leaders.


  • Interaction on Technical Issues: Each of WSTDA’s four Technical Committees will convene twice: first in a working sessions aimed at progress on Technical Committee projects and Standards reviews; and then in a series of discussion forums: interactive sessions for which attendees may suggest possible discussion topics in advance via an online form. All sessions are open and all registered attendees are welcome.

  • Enlightening Educational Session: A two-part educational session focusing on minimizing risk for product liability in the cargo securement industry, and one member’s experience as a defendant in product liability litigation where proper warnings were a significant factor.

  • “New Technology Spotlight” presentations: 15-minute presentations intended to highlight new technology, processes, or offerings of interest to the WSTDA audience… open to all registered attendees on a first-come/first-served basis.

Click here for more information about the WSTDA 2015 Annual Meeting.

Sponsorships Still Available for Annual Meeting

Increase your exposure at WSTDA’s 2015 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, and help support WSTDA’s programs and activities by becoming an Annual Meeting Sponsor. Click here for details on sponsorship opportunities.

TH-1 Revision Draft Available for Public Review & Comment

WSTDA’s Web Sling Technical Committee has completed its revisions to the current edition of the Recommended Standard Specification For Synthetic Sewing Threads For Slings and Tie Downs (WSTDA TH-1) and in early February received approval of the WSTDA Board of Directors to publish the Revision Draft for public comment. The public comment period will conclude on Thursday, March 26, 2015.

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 Warning Labels Now Feature Narrower Width, Lower Cost

Effective now, WSTDA warning labels are resized from the former 2 ¼" width to a narrower 1 7/8" width, offering a more streamlined format for attaching to web slings, roundslings and tie downs. The WSTDA Board of Directors approved a price reduction for the narrower labels, passing along a cost reduction due to the change in label size and material required to produce the labels.

WSTDA has developed a system of warning labels, safety bulletins/warning sheets for web slings, roundslings and tie downs that can be used not only as a warning system, but also as part of a larger occupational training system. WSTDA’s on-product labeling focuses on a core set of six important issues: proper training, inspection and recognition of conditions for removal from use, sling protection, understanding of rated capacity, attention to dangerous lifting conditions, and proper storage and maintenance.

WSTDA warning products are available in English, Spanish and French. Learn more about how the warning products were developed, and find out how to order WSTDA warning products here.

WSTDA 2015 Scholarship Program Application Now Available

The WSTDA Scholarship Program seeks to give back to the industry, and provides a valuable benefit of WSTDA membership. The WSTDA Scholarships are merit-based awards intended to help offset educational expenses at an accredited college or university for qualified students in any field of study. Academic achievement, community service and extracurricular activities, as well as responses to short essay questions, are each considered in the selection process.

Application to the WSTDA Scholarship Program is open to all employees, and legal dependents of such employees, of organizations that are Members in the US and Canada, in good standing with Web Sling & Tie Down Association.

In 2014, the first year of the WSTDA Scholarship Program, $3,000 merit-based scholarships were awarded to two very deserving students:

  • Ansley Taylor Howard, University of South Florida, sponsored by WSTDA Member United Rigging, Inc., Jacksonville, FL; and

  • Andrew Thomas Conley, Michigan Technological University, sponsored by WSTDA Member Wiscolift, Inc., Greenville, WI

Applications for the 2015-2016 Scholarship Program are now available here. The application deadline for the 2015-2016 program is June 15, 2015 and awards will be announced in early August 2015.

Support the Scholarship Program: Donate Today!

Donate today in support of the WSTDA Scholarship Program! The program is currently funded entirely by the WSTDA operating budget, and all donations will be applied to offset program awards and expenses. At this time, donations made in support of the WSTDA Scholarship Program are not tax-deductible as a charitable contribution, but may be deductible as a business expense; please consult your tax advisor. Donate Today

WSTDA Quick Pulse Survey: Submit Your Info for the 2014 4th Quarter Survey

WSTDA’s 2014 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 2014 4th quarter survey, found here.

WSTDA Website Feature: Member Profiles

What is a Member Profile? A short, informative few paragraphs and images that provide an overview of WSTDA Members’ line of business, customer base, facilities, personnel, and WSTDA involvement such as service on Committees. We post Member Profiles on (Member tab).

New Member Profiles Are Being Posted!

Visit the WSTDA website “Member Profiles” page to learn about your fellow Members! The latest: profiles on Doleco USA, Div. of Dolezych GmbH, Filtec Precise, Inc., and Liftex Corp.

WSTDA posts Profiles only on request of Members. All Regular, Associate and Affiliate Members are invited to complete a brief form and submit to headquarters. Images are welcome! If you would like your company to be the next to be featured in a Member Profile, please complete the form and submit it right away.


Barney Dugan, Longtime WSTDA Member, Retires from Industry

Barney Dugan, Product Specialist for WSTDA Member QC-21 Lifting Products, an F&M Mafco Inc. Company, recently retired. Barney came on the WSTDA scene in 2010 when QC-21 joined WSTDA. Barney served as a member of the Roundsling and Web Sling Technical Committees. Many may also fondly remember Barney’s wonderful photographs taken at WSTDA meetings. We wish the very best to Barney in his retirement.

WSTDA Membership Reaches Another Record Level

WSTDA continues is upward trend in membership, welcoming five new members since we published the last issue of Uplifting News. Four new Regular Members and one new Associate Member hail from the United States, Mexico, Canada, and China and represent a variety of industry products and applications. WSTDA Membership, having grown nearly 20% in the past six years, stands at an all-time high of 130 Member organizations.

DETAILS and listing of New Members.


Inconsistent Case Outcomes, Differing State Laws and Unique Fact Patterns Show Impossibility of a "Perfect Warning Label" or "Failsafe Defense"

At WSTDA meetings, we dissect the wording of our recommended standards to make them as clear as possible and consistent with one another; we expend huge efforts to perfect our warning labels; and we sometimes stage “mock trials” to put our members in the best defensive position.

However, as the three cases to be discussed in this article will warn – all of them involving the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (formerly, the National Spa and Pool Institute), its standards for swimming pools and diving boards, the manufacturers who comply with those standards and plaintiffs who suffered horrendous diving accidents – court outcomes can be contradictory; expert testimony is sometimes not allowed; warnings are sometimes irrelevant; and the particular facts of each case are unique, so that no amount of consistency or expertise in our own standards, safety brochures or warning labels can ever guarantee a successful defense.  The conclusion is not, however, that WSTDA should not be engaged in these activities, but that even if and when we carry them out according to best practices, we can never be certain that our efforts – no matter how great – will always be successful. DETAILS

WSTDA Executive Director Earns Professional Credential

The Certified Association Executive (CAE) Commission of the American Society of Association Executives recently conferred the CAE credential on Kathleen A. (Kathy) DeMarco, WSTDA’s Executive Director and Senior Account Executive for WSTDA's management firm, Stringfellow Management Group (SMG). The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry and is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Certified Association Executives have demonstrated a high level of knowledge, ethical fitness, and leadership in the field of association management.

“With 27 years of experience in association management, this credential is well-deserved. I have worked with Kathy for the past six years and have the highest regard for her professionalism and dedication to her clients,” said Fred Stringfellow, CAE, President of SMG.

To earn the CAE credential, candidates must first submit an application satisfying requirements including professional experience and over 100 hours of professional education. Successful applicants must next pass a challenging examination on all aspects of association management. Candidates undertake significant lengths of study in preparation for the exam, and only those who are able to achieve the designated examination score earn the CAE credential. Once earned, the certification must be renewed every three years through additional studies and leadership activities; thus, the CAE is an honor neither easily earned nor maintained.

Wire Rope User's Manual Available on Digital Media

The Wire Rope User’s Manual, 4th Edition is now available on Flash Drive. Your electronic manual can be read by both PC and Mac operating systems. Carry this manual into the field and plug it into your laptop or tablet or other device that has a USB port. This electronic version makes it easy to search for the information you need whether you are in the field or at your desk. The manual is not saved to your device or server, but is read and used directly from the flash drive. The flash drive can be shared by multiple users, as no password is required.

The Wire Rope User’s Manual is published by the Wire Rope Technical Board and is the culmination of a joint effort by the domestic wire rope industry. This 160 page manual is a comprehensive and convenient source of reference data covering areas such as wire rope components; identification and construction; handling and installation; operation, inspection and maintenance; and physical properties. The information provided helps establish sound practices in rope selection and application. In addition, the fourth edition includes a new section to serve as guidance for the safe use of rope and sling products: Wire Rope and Wire Rope Sling Safety Bulletin and Wire Rope Inspection Form.

Other materials from the WRTB include ASTM standards related to wire rope; Wire Rope Sling User’s Manual; Wire Rope Inspection Guidelines; Wire Rope and Wire Rope Sling Safety Bulletin; Wire Rope Warning Tags and Labels; and Groove Gauge Sets.

For more information and a copy of the order form visit the WRTB website or by contacting WRTB Fulfillment at 888.289.9782 or


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