The Minnesota-based manufacturer provides a range of material handling and other products, such as hoists, winches, fall protection systems and davit cranes, including the CompOZite and CompOZite Elite carbon fibre models. Many of its regional distributors are already WSTDA members.
“We are always keen to join associations that are committed to safe practices and align with the markets that we service. The WSTDA is very active in writing recommended standards that relate to synthetic web slings and tie downs, which chimes with our ongoing endeavours to contribute to continued improvement of industry best practices,” said Steve Napieralski, OZ Lifting president.
Comprised mostly of sling and tie down manufacturers, WSTDA membership also includes fibre suppliers, weavers, testing companies, government enforcement agencies and other interested parties from countries around the world. WSTDA is recognized internationally, with members from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia.
WSTDA holds an annual meeting in the spring of each year, as well as a fall meeting. Technical committees meet in open forum during each meeting to discuss industry issues, testing, government regulations, the development of WSTDA products, and to continue standards writing efforts.
These meetings provide information and discussion on the issues important to the web sling and tie down industry. Members and non-members are invited to attend. Next month’s (May) event will be delivered virtually.
“We consider ourselves active members in all the associations and organizations that we join, which involves attending meetings, networking and engaging with content. Safety is of paramount importance in our industry; you can never have too much information on the subject. Take this spring’s upcoming meeting as an example: WSTDA will explain how virtual reality is leveraged in sling inspection training and provide a platform for sling failure root cause identification experts. We’ll also hear updates on technical committee activities,” said Napieralski.
OZ is also a member of Associated Wire Rope Fabricators, Water Environment Federation, National Safety Council, Winona Area Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business, and MHI (formerly Material Handling Industry of America).
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