Panel Discussion Takes Shape for Crane & Rigging Conference

The Crane & Rigging Conference (CRC), an independent forum for crane and rigging professionals, takes place concurrently with the largest construction equipment tradeshow in the United States. Co-located with ConExpo-Con/Agg, Mar. 25, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nev., CRC offers expanded educational opportunities for contractors, fleet managers, safety directors and others interested in promoting crane safety and improving risk management inside their organizations.

Produced by Maximum Capacity Media, publisher of Crane Hot Line and Lift and Access magazines, the event is conveniently located at the Riviera Convention Center, just a short walk from the Gold Lot, where most cranes will be on display. Registrations are being taken now for CRC, which costs just $275 and includes lunch and coffee breaks. You must also be registered for ConExpo in order to attend CRC.

The conference includes five educational sessions, one of which is a panel discussion designed to guide contractors and crane owners through the path to compliance with the new OSHA1926.1400 regulation for cranes and derricks in construction. Even though the rule took effect in November 2010, many questions remain over compliance and enforcement. Our panel of experts, who represent a wide range of experience in heavy lifting—from insurance, risk management and general contracting to operator, rigger and signalperson training—will be on hand to talk through the issues and field questions from the audience. As there will be no shortage of strong opinions on the new rules, you won’t want to miss this lively discussion.

The panel for “The Perfect Pick: How to Navigate OSHA’s New Crane Rules” is comprised of:

  • Bill Davis, senior risk engineering consultant, Zurich Services Corp.
  • Larry DeMark Sr., president, Equipment Training Solutions LLC
  • Steve Greene, vice president, National Center for Construction Education and Research
  • Cory Hall, safety manager, JE Dunn Construction
  • Mike Parnell, president and CEO, Industrial Training International
    The discussion will be moderated by Engineering News-Record’s Tudor Van Hampton.

Van Hampton is currently the Midwest bureau chief for ENR and the magazine’s equipment and materials editor. Based in Chicago, Ill., his print, web, and video reports have taken him all over the world. In the early 2000s, Van Hampton cut his teeth on cranes and lifting equipment at Lift Equipment and CraneWorks magazines. He has also spoken on National Public Radio about trends in building materials and made multiple television appearances, including NBC’s “Today Show,” as an analyst in the aftermath of a catastrophic crane accident in New York City in 2008. Van Hampton holds degrees in English and Theatre & Film from the University of Kansas and is a Certified Crane Operator.

This event, which will draw a targeted gathering of mobile and tower crane users, also presents a unique marketing opportunity for companies that want to reach crane users and buyers. Among the companies who have already agreed to support the event are Industrial Training International, InfoChip Systems, Manitowoc, and Southwest Industrial Rigging. Exclusive Event Partner and Associate Sponsor slots are still available. For information, contact Mark Bridger, director of business development at 480-231-9672.