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Don’t Miss 2 Days, 16 Sessions, and Dozens of New Ideas for Improving Crane & Rigging Operations

November 12, 2014 0 Comments

180x150 CRCICHCFresh ideas for improving safety, reducing risk, and increasing productivity will be the focus of CRC/ICHC, the premier crane, rigging, and hoist users conference to be held in Houston, Texas, Dec. 3-4, 2014. Subject matter experts on Operations and Risk Management will engage attendees in discussions relevant to both mobile cranes in construction and overhead cranes in general industry.


“Although attendance may not be large, this is a worthwhile networking event that provides quality content from industry experts. The event fosters an environment for relationship building opportunities with many key crane and rigging managers, in addition to the many valuable vendors,” said Patrick Clark, National Sales Support Manager for Lifting Gear Hire, Bridgeview, Ill. Lifting Gear Hire, which is a sponsor and exhibitor in Houston, has participated in every CRC/ICHC event since 2010.


Opening the conference is Ken Reynolds, Lifting & Hoisting Team Lead for Shell Oil Company, and Zack Parnell, Vice President of Industrial Training International, who will guide attendees in evaluating the true cost of training. The interactive session will help attendees evaluate costs associated with educating employees, and understanding opportunity cost by employee function and the organization’s industry.


Day 2 kicks off with a session on how labor market analytics can help employers manage risk and prepare their workforce for future projects. Brian Stamper of Construction Labor Market Analyzer will give an interactive demonstration using current data trends.


Other sessions provide practical advice for anyone engaged in hoisting and rigging activities.


  • Understanding Adult Learning Styles when Developing an Effective Training Program
  • Using Simulators in Crane & Rigging Training. It’s Not Just for Beginners.
  • The Employer’s Responsibility for Qualifying Crane Operators



  • Setting Up for Success: Understanding the relationship dynamics between the load, crane mat, and ground
  • Safe Rigging with Lever Hoists: A review of the 2014 release of ASME B30.21.
  • Worst Rigging Practices in Construction and Heavy Industry and How to Avoid Them
  • Positive, Negative, and Unintended Consequences of Using Visual Aids on Mobile, Tower, and Overhead Cranes.
  • Lift Planning and Engineering for Gantries in Heavy Industrial Applications.


Best Practices

  • Understanding the Differences in CMAA and FEM Design Standards for Overhead Cranes and Hoists
  • Creating Value through Preventative Maintenance of Overhead Cranes
  • Call of the Wild. Working in a New State: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You.
  • Intelligent Design: Overhead Cranes that integrate Maintenance and Productivity Data with Facility Processes.


Any company working in high-risk operations will want to stay for the conclusion of the conference. Kevin Cunningham, President of Construction Division of Houston International Insurance Group, will explain how quality control is possible through hybrid risk management. Joining him is Jim Wiethorn, Chairman of Haag Engineering and a previous CRC/ICHC presenter, who will share revealing accident statistics from his 30-year study or more than 700 crane accidents. The session will conclude with a panel discussion with insurance brokers, crane risk managers, and rigging operations trainers.


Added Value

NACBA pre-conference workshop hosted by North American Crane Bureau is specifically designed for individuals who want to become qualified as an assembly/disassembly director. The in-depth workshop comes with accompanying Continuing Education Credits. When you register for both CRC/ICHC and the NACB Pre-Conference Workshop, attendees receive $225 Total Discount!


More than 20 exhibitors representing wire rope and rigging gear suppliers, controls and measurement system manufacturers, training services, and equipment distributors will be available to visit with attendees throughout the conference. See


Among the organizations that endorse the event and offer registration discounts to their members are:

  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Greater Houston Chapter
  • Institute for Safety and Health Management
  • Florida Crane Owners Council
  • Steel Erectors Association of America


The event is not possible without with the financial support of our sponsors.


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