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Wednesday, September 16

Infrastructure Funding Status & Impact
U.S. Senator-Invite

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
One of the hottest issues in Washington, D.C., and the top advocacy initiative in SC&RA's strategic plan, is the infrastructure bill gaining steam on both sides of the aisle. What's the status of the legislation and how will this impact our industry? SC&RA will welcome an influential federal elected official to share the latest developments on this critical legislative effort.  (Back)
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Developing Defenses
Speakers: Danny Cain, Director of Safety/Risk Management, Edwards Moving & Rigging, Inc.
Kent Miller, Loss Prevention Supervisor, National Interstate Insurance Company

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Most accidents are caused by unsafe acts and/or unsafe conditions that are unexpected and unintentional from a known or unknown hazard or danger. Throughout this interactive presentation, attendees will gain a strong understanding of why accidents occur, and then the focus will be placed on methods to minimize accidents by developing defenses throughout an organization.  (Back)

Rigging and Lifting with Blocks
Speakers: Skip Ohman, Technical Advisor
Greg Kane, Senior Business Executive, TactiLearning, Inc.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Understanding the concepts and techniques involved in rigging training creates a safer work environment. This session will train attendees on the principles of blocks including capacity, parts of line and mechanical advantage, reeving, and the selection and proper operation of block systems.  (Back)

Understanding Crane Inspection Techniques & Equipment
Speaker: Ray Feidt, Corporate Inspection/Training Manager, Stephenson Equipment, Inc.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The importance of crane inspections cannot be overstated. Become familiar with inspection techniques and equipment that can address hard-to-inspect components and areas. Using ASME B30.30 Wire Rope Standard, recognize what classification of wire rope is correct per application and what is not. Gain clarity about what is acceptable in regard to the regulations placed on the replacement of operational aids and what constitutes a modification.  (Back)

Exhibit Center
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Although the exhibit center will be open the entire time, company representatives will be in the booths Wednesday, September 16 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (EDT) to interact with and answer questions. (Back)
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Crane Operator Qualifications: One Size Does Not Fit All

Speaker: Derek Sather, AVP Risk Management, NationsBuilders Insurance Services (NBIS)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
In the construction industry, every job site presents a new environment. When it comes to crane operations it is usually not a one-size-fits-all situation. Companies with one crane, to companies with a multitude of crane types, will benefit from taking a close look into each step of being compliant with OSHA Subpart CC so that crane operators are qualified.  (Back)

How Industry Companies Attract, Train & Retain Workers
Moderator: Jason Bell, Director of Membership, SC&RA
Panelists: Dan Belcher, Director of Workforce Development, NCCER
Tracy Bennett, Director, Lift & Move USA
Bob Berry, Lead Instructor/Safety Director, Sims University/Sims Crane
Kris Rzepkowski, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Bennett International

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Workforce development is one of the most important issues facing the industry. This session will focus on real-world examples of programs being implemented in companies today including Sims University, a 4-month hands-on and classroom program that upon completion, awards a CDL license and a rigger certification. Learn how your company can integrate such programs in local schools, build strong partnerships with workforce development organizations, and create a pipeline for new workers while retaining existing ones.  (Back)

What’s Your Synthetic Chain & Rigging I.Q.?
Speakers:  Mike Gelskey, Sr., CEO, Lift-It Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Mike Gelskey, Jr., Vice President and General Manager, Lift-It Manufacturing Co., Inc.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM*
How well do you understand synthetic chain assemblies that are used for a variety of load handling (lifting) and load securement (lashing) applications? These types of products, properly used, provide countless benefits particularly when bull rigging is employed. Gain practical knowledge you can start using tomorrow.
*This session will be live-streamed at the time noted.  It will not be available for later viewing.  (Back)

Construct Your Health
Speaker:  Jennifer Gabel, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Health + Movement x Jennifer Gabel, Owner/JK Crane

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
There’s an epidemic of lifestyle-related diseases and mental health issues in the general population, but these issues in the construction industry can lead to a greater occurrence of incidents and injuries on the job. By educating employers and employees on health-promoting behaviors and strategies we can improve safety, save money from reduced workers compensation and insurance, and most importantly, save lives.  (Back)

Rigging with Heavy Lifting Strand Jacks
Speakers: Pete Crisci, Product Line Director, Enerpac

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Heavy lifting strand jacks offer a flexible solution to many applications requiring the movement of extremely heavy loads.  This session will cover application considerations for electing to use a heavy lifting strand jack system along with application examples by market. Best practices and maintenance of critical components will be discussed.  (Back)

Tower Crane Contract Language: Lessons Learned
Panelists: Bill Smith, EVP Claims & Risk Management, NationsBuilders Insurance Services (NBIS)
Frank Bardonaro, COO, Maxim Crane Works
Thom Bostrom, Sr. Vice President, Bigge Crane & Rigging

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Industry experts share their insights on contract language – what to avoid and how to remove terms from contracts, what language is necessary to protect your company, and lessons learned from the field.  (Back)

Thursday, September 17

OSHA Regulatory Update
Invited: Scott Ketcham, Director of the Directorate of Construction, OSHA

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hear from a top OSHA official the latest regulatory updates impacting the crane and rigging industry. Topics include inspections, COVID-19 recording obligations, revised powered industrial truck standard, tree care operations standard consideration, and the long-awaited Compliance Directive for Cranes & Derricks in Construction.  (Back)
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Safe and Fast: Rigging Heavy & Awkward Loads with Air Casters

Speaker: Randy Manus, Sr. Applications Engineer, AeroGo, Inc.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Improve safety and reduce downtime on the job by learning best practices for rigging procedures when moving heavy and awkward loads using air casters. Includes case studies and examples on a variety of surfaces and in some unusual environments.  (Back)

Take Control of COVID-19’s Impact on Your Business
Speaker:  Stuart Haker, Principle Practice Leader, TrueNorth

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
How has COVID-19 impacted insurance renewals? Learn how companies can take control of their own underwriting using a qualitative and quantitative approach to assessing and managing risk.  (Back)

Ask the Expert
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The hottest topics in the crane and rigging industry will be discussed in our Ask the Expert rooms. You’ve got questions, they’ve got answers. Choose a room with a topic that interests you and learn more by asking questions.

What can I do differently to keep my insurance premiums for going through the roof?
Speaker: Billy Smith, EVP Claims & Risk Management, NationsBuilders Insurance Services (NBIS)

Insurance cost are a part of your company’s profit and loss statement as a cost of doing business, can you contain the cost you pay every year? What tools are out there to help your company manage premiums? Why does my company’s premium keep going up when we have had less claims? Join the conversation and Ask the Expert, Billy Smith what you can be doing now to control your insurance premium.  (Back)

Catastrophic Events: How to Prepare For, and Respond to, Your Company’s Worst Day
Speakers:  Mike Gillen, Product Manager Titan Specialized
Rose Augustin, Senior Marketing Representative,
National Interstate Insurance Company

Did you know that crisis management has been identified as one of the top qualities that make a leader strong? Disasters that threaten a business can happen anywhere, at any time. However, proper preparation will help regardless of the situation. Expect to walk away from this presentation on ways to prepare for an unexpected event, while learning some tips and tricks about leadership during a crisis along the way.  (Back)

Bull Rigging Project In-Action
Speaker: Mike Parnell, Senior Consultant and Co-Founder, Industrial Training International, Inc.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tune in to find SC&RA members ITI, Barnhart Crane & Rigging, Omega Morgan, and NessCampbell Crane & Rigging EXECUTE a bull rigging project, together! Mike Parnell, ITI Co-Founder, will explain the thought process behind qualifications of the personnel, process, and risk mitigation, followed by a Q&A session at the end.  (Back)

Let B30 Work for You: Defend Against Personal Injury Actions
Speakers: Michael Rubin, Partner Attorney, Goldberg Segalla LLC
Thom Sicklesteel, CEO, National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Take a deep dive into the B30.5 Standard to understand who is responsible for what (among the various entities/players on a crane site) and how those responsibilities may  be allocated for the three main types of hazards: below the ground, at ground level, and above the ground hazards. 

Questions about the Crane & Rigging Workshop?

For all inquiries for the 2020 Crane & Rigging Workshop please contact Surian Choi or call (703) 698-0291

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