Speakers and Topics Announced for CRC Co-located with ConExpo-Con/Agg

In March 2011, the Crane & Rigging Conference (CRC), an independent forum for crane and rigging professionals, will be held in conjunction with ConExpo-Con/Agg in Las Vegas, Nev.

Produced by Maximum Capacity Media, publisher of Crane Hot Line and Lift and Access magazines, the one day conference provides crane and rigging professionals a unique educational opportunity while they are in attendance at the biggest construction equipment tradeshow in North America. Sessions will be held Friday, March 25, 2011, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees must also be registered for ConExpo-Con/Agg to register for CRC.

“I am very excited that ConExpo-Con/Agg has invited us to co-locate our event with the 2011 trade show. As one of the two largest construction equipment expositions in the world, the show typically hosts thousands of crane owners, operators, and rigging professionals. Partnering CRC with ConExpo makes it possible to promote the safe and productive use of cranes to a much larger audience,” said Guy Ramsey, president of Maximum Capacity Media.

“We placed extra focus on lifting equipment at the 2008 ConExpo-Con/Agg and we want to build on that in 2011 and beyond,” said Megan Tanel, vice president exhibitions and events for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). “Co-locating the Crane & Rigging Conference with next year’s show will help strengthen the value of our event for the lifting industry and the contractors that use lifting equipment,” she said.

CRC topics will be centered on promoting crane safety and improving risk management. The preliminary agenda includes the following sessions.

Managing a Crane Accident—Joe Collins a heavy lift and crane consultant with 25 years experience at Zachry Construction, San Antonio, Texas, will discuss what to do on an initial evaluation of an accident, how to rescue and care for the injured, safe steps for wreckage removal, and tips on rescuing a crane caught in a precarious position.

Limiting Your Exposure in an Accident—Brad Closson, president of CRAFT Forensic Services, Bonita, Calif., acknowledges that today’s crane operations documents can be tomorrow’s litigation nightmare. He will share real life examples demonstrating the impact of good and bad documentation practices; establish what the basics are for good documentation; and provide a list of questions you should ask about your current documentation practices.

Rating Charts and Overloading—Ron Kohner of Landmark Engineering Services Ltd., Roseville, Minn., will dispel myths concerning rating charts for mobile cranes by taking a look at what is involved in producing a rating chart. Understanding the interplay of stability and non-stability limiting factors on a chart can help  promote safer crane operation.

Rigging for Success—Mike Gelskey, CEO of Lift-It Manufacturing Co., Los Angeles, Calif., will provide information for both sling users and inspectors about sling designs, angles, tension, center of gravity considerations, load factors, wear protection, environmental considerations, inspection systems, techniques, and removal from service criteria.

The Perfect Pick: How to Navigate OSHA’s New Crane Rules—This panel discussion with industry experts will guide you through the path to compliance. Moderated by Tudor Van Hampton, Engineering News-Record.

For more information, visit www.crcconexpo.com


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