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A sneak peek of the SC&RA’s September workshop

July 24, 2023  By Don Horne

The 2023 SC&RA Crane & Rigging Workshop will be held in Oklahoma City, Okla. Sept. 26-28, bringing together the crane and rigging industry for education and networking.

Here is a sneak peek at what attendees will learn about the latest safety issues and solutions and what’s going on with regulatory and legislative matters impacting business.

The Opening Session: Straight from the Manufacturers Mouth, will be treating attendees to exactly that. An esteemed line-up of crane manufacturers – including Kobelco Construction Machinery USA, Liebherr USA, Link-Belt Cranes, The Manitowoc Company and Tadano America – will be discussing the trends that are driving new, better and more efficient cranes.

Digital toolbox

This year’s Workshop will also debut a new session, The Power Panel on Utilizing New Crane & Rigging Technologies. The panel will be focusing on the latest and greatest crane and rigging technologies. Key points include safer lifting operations to reduce tagline injuries; the evolution and application of AR and VR technology and software; and effective digital tools to standardize safety practices, streamline workflow and improve visibility of business analytics.

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Panelists include Elliott Chenger, vice president of software engineering, Ribbiot; Randa Fernandes, director of operations and customer experience, WrightPlan; Casey Savlov, executive vice president, Industrial, Vita Inclinata Technologies; Patrick Witte, software developer, A1A Software; and Wayne Wille, business development manager, Technology Solutions, The Crosby Group.

In the Keynote Session: Be the Leading Indicator: Cracking the Code on Mental Health, attendees will hear from Josh Rizzo, a Bronze Star Medal recipient and longtime construction industry expert, about how to lead while taking care of yourself and the teams you serve.

Breakout Sessions

Throughout the Workshop, there will be eight Breakout Sessions covering a variety of interesting and enlightening subject matter. Ranging from certification issues, wire rope, strand jacks, lift planning and much more, each session will provide pertinent information and the opportunity for question and answer sessions.

Safety is always the number one priority for every company, and everyone wants to know the latest and best practices. In the session, Is Your Safety Program Ready for Recent Regulatory Changes? speakers will focus on FMCSA Performance Metrics for crane companies, dash cameras and telematics. Speakers include NationsBuilders Insurance Service’s Keith Adolf, AVP, risk management and Tyrone Silva, AVP risk management, alongside National Interstate Insurance Company’s Mike Gillen, senior product manager and Brian Parker, loss control consultant.

In the session A Bird’s Eye View of a Methodical Tower Crane Assembly & Disassembly, an esteemed panel will discuss critical elements of communication, site meetings climbing procedures and checklists. The panel includes David Brown, co-training director, Local 14-14b; Dan Durrett, vice president, engineering services, Maxim Crane Works; Matt Finnerty, owner, Finnco Services; and JR Moran, director of crane operations, Brasfield & Gorrie.

The presentation How to Avoid the Insurance Sucker-Punch will feature a discussion of some of the lurking risks of doing business including employment practices liability, professional liability, OCIP/CCIP, bare rentals and inland marine (rental and loss of income). Panelists include Cameron Boots, area vice president, Allied Insurance Brokers; Dave Wittwer, executive vice president, Brown & Brown; Rick Emery, president, Emery & Karrigan; and Jeff Haynes, CEO, USI Insurance Services.

Trends and best practices

Jeff Ferchen of Associated Wire Rope Fabricators will lead Utilizing Chain for Overhead Lifting and Rigging Operations. Attendees will learn the different grades of chain on the market and what ASME/OSHA mandate as grades required when used as an overhead lifting system.

Following the Workshop’s underlying theme of the latest market developments, Lift Planning Trends: What We’re Seeing Out There will showcase the crucial elements of lift planning in crane and rigging operations. This session will be led by Christian Coronel, manager, Engineering Division, Bragg Companies; Coltin Gleave, lead engineer, Borsheim Crane Service; Todd Harding, global rigging manager, Bechtel Equipment Operations; and Kevin O’Neill, lift planning and rigging engineer, Bay Crane Companies.

Rigging with Heavy Lifting Strand Jacks will cover application considerations for using a heavy lifting strand jack system along with some hands-on opportunities. Best practices and maintenance will be discussed by Enerpac’s Alex Gollup and John Fleischman.

Hands-on sessions

Another interactive demonstration is Coming to Grips with Wire Rope Inspection: A Hands-on Seminar. It will be led by Justin Brown, president, Unirope; and Tony Fastuca, vice president, ASC Industries Python America.

Thom Sicklesteel, CEO, National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, and Brian Tannehill, IICB certification director, Iron Workers International, will discuss the importance of rigger and signalperson certification programs. Certification for Riggers and Signalpersons: Is It Necessary? invites attendees to learn the opportunities and advantages of workers earning these certifications to promote safe and efficient jobsites.

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