Ergonomics Expert to Address ICHC Attendees

Fact: Productivity and safety opportunities are being missed by many manufacturing and production plants across North America due to poor understanding of ergonomics. Jeff Smagacz, Risk Management Group LLC, will tackle this problem head-on at the Industrial Crane & Hoist Conference (ICHC) on March 22, 2011 at McCormick Place South in Chicago, Ill., with a presentation entitled, "Ergonomics in Industrial Facilities."

The effects of manual material handling represent one of the biggest single contributors of worker injuries in the United States, and the application of good ergonomic programs can reduce those incidences. Put simply, ergonomics is the science of fitting the working environment to the user. Sound ergonomic design can improve productivity and prevent repetitive strain injuries.

Anyone whose work involves loading boxes, cartons, or crates onto pallets or shelves; unloading bags and sacks of material to and from pallets; transporting or moving drums and pails; carrying heavy tools, ladders, buckets, boxes, loose parts, sheets of material, furniture, etc; or stacking/un-stacking pallets, to name just a few examples, cannot afford to miss Jeff Smagacz's take on the opportunities they could be missing.

The low cost of introducing technological lifting machines to your facility, or improving the way they are used, can have a massive impact on productivity, safety and your bottom line.

Register today to attend ICHC—the biggest overhead crane and hoist users' forum North America has ever seen. Not only will you get the latest on ergonomics, but the event will cover a broad range of topics on the economy, standards, safety, and productivity. Other highlights include:

- OSHA standards panel

- Rigging master class

- View from an economist

- Case studies

- CMAA and ANSI/ASME B30 in practice

The event, staged by Industrial Lift and Hoist (ILH) magazine and co-located with ProMat, takes place on March 22 at McCormick Place South, Chicago, Ill. Visit for full program and registration details.

New OSHA crane regulation and overhead cranes

Overhead crane and hoist users have been advised to be prepared to change the way they operate overhead lifting equipment. Another highlight of ICHC includes a panel discussion on regulations and training as they relate to overhead crane operators; rigging below-the-hook; and signalpersons. The panel will dissect the revision of federal OSHA mobile crane regulations, and chart where certification and training stands with overhead crane owners and users.

ICHC takes place above the largest show floor of lifting and moving technology you will see anywhere in North America next year. End users cannot afford to miss the valuable lessons that will be served up during a value-packed, one-day program. The event is structured to promote the sharing of knowledge among industry peers.

Lyle Moran, the EHS training manager for Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford; Joe Crews, president of Crews Crane Training International; and a case study from Gorbel Inc., are just a handful of other must-see presentations. See the full program at

The cost to attend ICHC is just $275, including lunch, coffee breaks, and entrance to ProMat. Can you afford not to be there? Register today to avoid disappointment!


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