Conference Promises a Variety of Learning Opportunities

Among the topics to be presented at the Crane & Rigging Conference, May 26-27, 2010, in Houston, Texas, is a report on crane accident failures and how to manage crane accidents. Speakers come from a variety of backgrounds including contractors, safety experts, and wire rope and rigging professionals. A list of preliminary topics and speakers follows. For more information and to register, go to

Managing a Crane Accident:
Joe Collins, President, Collins Crane

The Importance of Having a Manual for Crane & Rigging Operations:
Walter Brumley, Crane & Rigging Mechanics Supervisor, Shell Oil Deer Park Texas

Developing a Critical Lift Plan:
Tawnia Weiss, President, A1A Software
Mike Parnell, President, ITI/WRRC

State and City Certification-Legislative Update:
Joel Oliva, Special Projects Coordinator, NCCCO

Philadelphia's Tower Crane Rules- The Model Regulation for Today's Tower Crane Operations:
Jeffrey C. Hammons Sr., Vice President, Risk Management, Amquip Crane Rental

Below-The-Hook Lifting Device Standards:
David Duerr P.E., President, 2DM Associates, Inc.

Third Party Crane Inspection & How to prepare for it:
Ed Shapiro, Presdient, CCAA and President, HESCO

Lessons from an RFID Case Study:
Chris Gelowitz, President, Infochip Systems, Inc.

Understanding Crane Accident Failures:
Mike McCann, Director of Safety, Center to Protect Workers Rights

Inspections, it's the little things-dealing with small issues that lead to big risks/accidents:
Bradley D. Closson, President, CRAFT Forensic Services

Telematics and Crane Owners Panel Discussion:
Moderator, Tracy Bennett, Editor, Crane Hotline

Safety on Tower Crane Operations:
Presented by Liebherr

Avoiding Boom Hoist Crushing:
Dennis Fetter, VP Product Engineering, Research and  Development, WireCo WorldGroup

Block Inspection & Maintenance:
Danny Bishop, Director of Training, The Crosby  Group

UV Degradation on Synthetic Round & Web Slings
Mike Riggs, Director of Training, I & I Sling/ Slingmax

Crane Mats & Ground Bearing Issues:
David Duerr P.E., President, 2DM Associates, Inc. 

Pre-Planning Requirements for Crane & Rigging Providers
Jason Pogar, Crane Safety Expert, United Space Alliance's Ground System Support group at Kennedy Space Center