By Andrew Snook
Hundreds of professionals from the crane and rigging industry flocked to the Louisville Marriott Downtown for the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association’s 2018 Crane & Rigging Workshop, which took place from Sept. 26 to 28 in Louisville, Ky.
The workshop, which attracted 630 attendees, featured keynote speaker Anne Mahlum, the owner and CEO of [solidcore], who discussed her work with Back on My Feet, a non-profit organization combatting homelessness through the power of running. Mahlum shared her personal story with the crowd, her work with the non-profit organization, and her advice for moving out of one’s comfort zone to create significant life changes.
The workshop also offered attendees breakout sessions on a variety of industry-related topics including the hazards of service providers; how to successfully use synthetics; calculating sling angles and hardware selection; practical ways to protect your company from lawsuits; bridging the gap between compliance and choice; tackling jobs better with tool management; mobile cranes on the move: using new OS/OW rules to your advantage; tips on how crane and rigging companies can boost their OSHA compliance efforts and minimize their risk; and essential elements for preparing engineered lift plans.
The SC&RA’s Leadership Forum also took place during the conference. The one-day forum is designed to offer the industry’s best and brightest young minds an opportunity to build connections and discuss industry trends.
Other highlights of the workshop included a factory our of Link-Belt Cranes’ 770,000-sq.-ft. factory in Lexington, Ky.; the awarding of the 2018 Rigging Jobs of the Year; and the annual SC&RA Exhibit Center, which features 90 of the industry’s top manufacturers, software and training providers, insurance representatives, and media partners.
The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association’s 2019 Crane & Rigging Workshop will take place from Sept. 18 to 20, 2019 at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel in Glendale, Arizona.