Crane & Rigging Conference and Industrial Crane & Hoist Conference (CRC/ICHC) announced speakers for the conference to be held in Houston, Texas, Dec. 3-4. Safety and risk managers, crane and rigging supervisors, lift directors, facilities managers and others working in crane and rigging operations are invited to attend.

Held consecutively for the last five years at locations in the Midwest and Gulf Coast, CRC/ICHC features more than a dozen educational sessions addressing the newest standards and regulations, industry trends, and risk management practices. Educational sessions are designed to help crane and rigging professionals reduce risk.

The CRC/ICHC line up of speakers are leaders in their fields who have their finger on the pulse of industry trends. Conference speakers will cover topics related to mobile cranes, overhead cranes, and rigging. These include:

Training Tips
Using smart phones and real-time polling software, Kenneth Reynolds, Lifting & Hoisting Team Lead for Shell Oil Company and Zack Parnell, Vice President of Industrial Training International will engage the audience in an active evaluation of all the costs associated with educating employees, including understanding opportunity cost by employee function and an organization’s industry. This is one of multiple sessions intended to impart training tips to crane and rigging safety professionals.

On the Job
Other sessions offer practical solutions for on-the-job dilemmas. For example, David Duerr, an expert on hydraulic gantry systems, will guide attendees through lift planning considerations for gantries in heavy industrial applications. Gantries provide an alternative load handling solution for those times when mobile or overhead cranes may be more costly, less, practical, or perhaps with greater risk.

Best Business Practices
Brian Stamper of Construction Labor Market Analyzer (CLMA) will show how labor market analytics can help employers manage risk and prepare their workforce for future projects. While contractors often use the data to prepare for craft labor shortages, crane and rigging sub-contractors can use the information to know what training needs to take place, which workers to retain, and when and what knowledge transfer activities need to take place from retiring workers. This and other sessions will provide tools for reducing risk, while contributing to improved business practices.

To see a full list of speakers and session summaries click here.

During the conference, attendees will have a chance to interact with products and services vendors of interest to crane and rigging operations. See the current list of exhibitors here.

As an added value to CRC/ICHC attendees, North American Crane Bureau will present Pre-Conference Workshop for crane and rigging workers at on becoming qualified as a Crane Assembly/Disassembly Director. Among the topics covered in the full-day workshop, to be held Dec. 2, are crew communication, safe work procedures, determining load weights, rigging requirements, and component election. The Workshop comes with accompanying Continuing Education Credits and is conveniently located at the conference hotel at the Hilton NASA Clear Lake.

Attendees who register for both CRC/ICHC and the Pre-Conference A/D Director Workshop receive a total discount of $225 off both registrations. Early bird rates end August 1, 2014. Conference registration for CRC/ICHC is $495 and the Pre-Conference Assembly/Disassembly Director Workshop is $499. Register for both and receive a $225 discount.