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Technology and Timeless Safety Topics Top Agenda

Friday, February 15, 2013

While some crane and rigging safety topics are timeless, others are predicated by industry trends, changes in standards and regulations, new technology, and shifts in labor demands. Attendees of the May 29-30, 2013 CRC/ICHC conference in Indianapolis, Ind., will hear fresh ideas from construction professionals on all these issues. Central to bringing this event before industry stakeholders in the Midwest is the Ohio Manufacturers Association, which represents transportation equipment, plastics, fabricated metal, machinery, chemical, and other types of manufacturers. On a national scale, the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT), made up of construction owners across the United States, has also signed on as a supporting organization of the conference.

Setting the tone will be the keynote address by Matthew Wallace, President and CEO of VRSim. Wallace, who is a 2011 Engineering News-Record Top 25 Newsmaker, will share how simulator technology is valuable for recruitment and training. Also in this vein will be a case study from Bechtel Equipment Operations demonstrating how this leading construction company is bringing mobile learning to the jobsite using tablets and rigging and lift planning apps. A third technology topic will focus on new options for advanced rail fastening for industrial overhead cranes.

Over the course of the two-day event, attendees will experience more than just lecture-style presentations. An interactive session will offer attendees multiple hands-on learning stations to try out crane simulators, rigging apps, or perform a rigging inspection, among other activities. North American Crane Bureau Group (NACB), Event Partner and international training company, will provide several different types of crane simulators for this special session. The company offers simulators for mobile, overhead, and tower cranes, and is currently testing a Beta version of a new lattice boom crane simulator, scheduled for release soon.

“Crane simulation training is a fresh methodology in this industry to enhance and improve the skills of crane operators working in a variety of environments,” said L.D. Stutes, NACB’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We’ve seen crane simulation be successful for manufacturers of all types to construction, refineries, and even vocational education centers seeking to encourage young folks to get involved in the trades.”

Small-group sessions will afford attendees the opportunity to interact with industry experts one-one-one, and multiple breakout sessions will be specific to mobile cranes, tower cranes, overhead cranes, and rigging topics. Look for these and other presentations on the agenda.

● How U.S. Certifications Are Helping Fill Canada’s Labor Shortage, presented by Fraser Cocks, Executive Director of the BC Association for Crane Safety, and Debbie Dickinson, Executive Director of Crane Institute Certification.

● Advanced Rail Fastening for Industrial Overhead Cranes, presented by Tom Berringer, Sales and Product Manager for Gantrex Inc.

● B30.3 Tower Crane Standards Update, presented by Peter Juhren, Corporate Service Manager for Morrow Equipment Co.

● Safe and Efficient Use of Spreader Beams, presented by Patrick Clark, National Sales Support Manager for Lifting Gear Hire.

● Bringing Mobile Learning to the Jobsite, presented by Keith Anderson and PaulDrexler, Bechtel Equipment Operations.

● Practical Applications of the OSHA Crane Regulation for Safety and Risk Manager, presented by Mark Steinhofer, Account Manager of Site Operations for Safety Management Group.

● Leading Causes of Crane Accidents: Final Data from Haag Engineering’s Crane Accident Study, presented by Jim Wiethorn of Haag Engineering.

Early bird registration is just $495 and includes admission into the conference, exposition and breakfast and lunch each day. Register online at

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