By Andrew Snook
The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) drew more than 630 attendees to Kansas City, Mo. for the SC&RA’s 40th annual Crane & Rigging Workshop, which took place at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center.
Terry Young, SC&RA president (Construction Safety Experts) and Mike Vlaming, chairman of the SC&RA Crane & Rigging Group, welcomed the record-breaking number of attendees to the milestone event.
Vlaming discussed the various natural disasters that recently took place, including the devastating hurricanes in the U.S. and his pride that the industry took a significant role in helping rebuild communities affected by the natural disasters.
“I don’t know about you, but I take great pride in the knowledge that it is our industry that stood poised and ready,” he told the crowd.
Attendees were treated to variety of education sessions tackling topics such as electronic logging devices (ELDs); wire rope challenges for crawler cranes; the physics of a move; virtual and augmented reality related to the future of work; litigation preparation; crane matting; lift director qualifications; and below the hook lifting.
The workshop also featured open houses of Versa-Lift’s forklift manufacturing and WireCo WorldGroup’s wire rope production facilities; the 2017 Rigging Jobs of the Year; a trade show featuring 90 exhibitors; and special presentations by keynote speakers Dewey Bozella, the 2011 Arthur Ashe Courage Award Winner and Stephen Sandherr, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of America, on the future of America’s infrastructure.
The 2018 edition of the SC&RA Crane & Rigging Workshop will take place from Sept. 26 to 28, 2018 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown in Louisville, Ky.