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CRC/ICHC- Session Summaries

Tuesday, Dec. 2

NACBPre-Conference Workshop:  Assembly/Disassembly Director Overview
Hosted by: NACB
North American Crane Bureau will offer an in-depth workshop for crane and rigging workers interested in learning more about becoming qualified as a Crane A/D Director. The workshop comes with accompanying Continuing Education Credits.

  • Crew communication
  • Safe work procedures
  • Determining load weights
  • Rigging requirements
  • Component selection

About NACB
North American Crane Bureau (NACB) is a world leader in crane safety.  For nearly 30 years, NACB has successfully directed the industry with high-level technical training and related services for crane & lifting equipment.  This drive to increase safety awareness has led NACB to offer a host of training seminars, some of which include: Operator, Inspector, Train-the-Trainer & Rigging / Signaling. Another significant part of the NACB Group of Companies is its INTERACTIVE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS subsidiary.  IES produces Crane Training Simulators with both full emersion training and Personal Desktop Training Simulators. These products are now having a huge impact in the development and advancement of highly-skilled crane operators.

Register for BOTH CRC/ICHC, Houston 2014, and the NACB Pre-Conference Workshop and receive $225 Total Discount.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Session 1: To Be Announced

Evaluating the True Costs of Training
Presented by: Kenneth Reynolds, Lifting & Hoisting Team Lead, Shell Oil Company

Zack Parnell, Vice President, Industrial Training International

ZackParnellUsing smart phones and real-time polling software, speakers Zack Parnell of Industrial Training International and Kenneth Reynolds of Shell Oil Company, 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.

Parnell and Reynolds will demonstrate to training decision-makers the full costs associated with training, give them a framework in which to make employee-training decisions, help them determine their return-on-education and compare it to the potential costs of uneducated employees. Reynolds will also reflect on Shell’s analysis of training costs.

Zack Parnell, vice president and COO, has served ITI, Woodland, Wash., since 2009. Parnell holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and has helped advance ITI in its learning management systems. He is currently managing the development of ITI’s Rigging Engineering Training Program, involving 14 of the industry’s leading engineers and an innovative online-lecture instructional design.  ITI is a world leader in educational services for organizations that conduct crane, rigging, and lifting activities.

Ken Reynolds - Shell PictureKenneth Reynolds, Lifting & Hoisting Team Lead for Shell Oil Company, Houston, has played a key role in the company’s upstream lifting and hoisting safety standards, focusing on drilling and completions environments. His experience includes rigging, lifting, and hoisting inspection for land-based and offshore applications. Reynolds is instrumental in Shell’s learning and corporate education management and processes. Shell Oil Company is the US-subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell an integrated, multinational oil company well-known for its employee development and education systems.

Understanding Adult Learning Styles when Developing an Effective Training Program
Presented by: Jim Headley, Director, Crane Institute of America

Jim HeadleyMany organizations employing crane operators use a combination of in-house and outsourced training solutions. When selecting training or developing your own program, safety managers should consider the differences between student-centered or instructor-centered training; what is unique to how adults learn; and what steps are essential to developing a sound training program.

Speaker Jim Headley of Crane Institute of America will close the session by applying these principles to the interpretation of load charts. The audience will be given a hands-on exercise to complete.

Jim Headley is president of Crane Institute of America, Sanford, Fla. He has more than 40 years working in the crane and rigging industry. After serving a crane apprenticeship through Operating Engineers Local 312 in Birmingham, Ala., he worked as journeyman crane operator until entering the crane training business in 1984.

Headley has developed training programs for hundreds of major companies including ALCOA, Boeing, ExxonMobil, Hanson Aggregates, Honeywell, Kennecott, Southern Company, Toyota, USX, Weyerhauser, the U.S. Military, and others. For more than 20 years, he served on the ASME B30 main committee on cranes and lifting devices, and subcommittees B30.5, B30.9, and B0.26. He now serves on the International Standards Organization (ISO) committee on cranes.

Setting Up for Success: Understanding the relationship dynamics between load, crane mat and ground.
Presented by: Kris Koberg, CEO, DICA

KrisKobergwebThree factors affect what size crane mat or outrigger pad should be used–the load weight, the ground bearing pressure and the ground bearing capacity. In order to size mats effectively these three criteria must be evaluated and accounted for. This session, presented by Kris Koberg, CEO of DICA Outrigger Pads,  will explore the pros and cons of various mat and pad materials and provide practical advice on how to select the proper size crane mat or pad. In addition, attendees will review common ‘rules of thumb’ related and discuss how they may or may not apply in most situations.

Upon joining his family’s business in 2011, Kris Koberg has led numerous strategic warehouse, manufacturing, personnel, product, and sizing initiatives for DICA. These initiatives have significantly strengthened DICA’s infrastructure, product line and ability to serve customers around the world.

Mr. Koberg has extensive experience in business building, strategic planning, sales operations, sourcing, personnel development and leadership.  Prior to joining DICA, Kris founded a one-person startup in 1998 that has grown under his leadership and continued ownership into a multi-million dollar business in the decorated apparel industry.


Breakout Session: Transient Voltages: Cause Effect, and Remediation
Presented by: Roy Peterson, Senior Controls Engineer, Duct-O-Wire
Session Summary: To Be Announced

Worst Rigging Practices in Construction and Heavy Industry and How to Avoid Them
Presented by: Dave Decker, President, Becket Training & Consulting

Dave Decker, Becket Training & ConsultingBad habits, lack of training, and poor communication can have devastating consequences when it comes to rigging. One of the U.S. Navy’s former rigging experts will engage the audience in an interactive discussion of the frequent rigging mistakes made in both construction and heavy industrial applications. All too often inspection errors and omissions lead to non-compliant rigging gear. Attendees will learn how to spot the problems in their rigging tool box.

Dave Decker, President of Becket Training & Consulting, has delivered crane and rigging training to government and private interests around the world on high-dollar, unique lifts in nuclear and high risk operations for more than 37 years.  Becket specializes in crane and rigging training, consulting services, certification, crane and rigging audits, and expert witness/litigation services.

Until recently, Mr. Decker was the charter crane and rigging training program manager at the U.S. Navy Crane Center, defining the Navy’s crane training program and developing the organization. He instituted and led the development of the Navy-wide crane & rigging training program for shore-based cranes and rigging at over 250 Navy activities worldwide.  For this effort he was awarded the Department of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

Additionally, Mr. Decker has served for many years on ASME B30 subcommittees B30.9 (Slings), B30.26 (Rigging Hardware) and the new P30 (Lift Planning) committees. Using these and OSHA and ANSI documents, safety managers will learn whether qualified, certified, or competent persons are required on your jobsite or in your facility.

Using Simulators in Crane & Rigging. It’s Not Just for Beginners
Presented by: Monty Chisolm, Rigging Operations Trainer, Bechtel Equipment Operations

Paul Freedman, President, Simlog Inc.

MontyChisolmSimulators are not just for beginners. Bechtel Corp., a global engineering, construction, and project management firm, will share how its training department uses crane simulators and rigging simulation exercises to cost-effectively teach decision making skills for employees with all levels of skill sets. Used as part of a comprehensive crane and rigging safety program, simulators can help pre-screen for aptitude and attitude and cross-train from one type of equipment to another.

This presentation by Monty Chisolm, Rigging Operations Trainer for Bechtel Equipment Operations, Sugar Land, Texas and Paul Freedman, President of SimLog, will focus on Bechtel’s use of simulators in teaching rigging principles and applying those to real job scenarios. With simulation, riggers must decide if a lift should continue based on wind, lighting conditions, availability of equipment, and other situations that relate to corporate policies and procedures.

Chisolm has spent his entire career as a rigger. Since 2011 he has conducted rigger training classes for Bechtel and served as a Rigging Superintendent on several energy projects.

Paul-Freedman-high-resolutionPaul Freedman, Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering), Eng., has been working with computers, control systems, and simulators for more than 35 years. A registered professional engineer in Quebec, Canada, he is President and co-founder of Simlog, where he continues to lead his company’s efforts to develop new, cost-effective, PC-based “Personal Simulators.” Applications include heavy equipment operator training in forestry, mining, material handling, and construction.


Breakout Session: Safe Rigging With Lever Hoists
Presented by: Chris Hess and Dave Decker, Becket Training & Consulting

The 2014 release of ASME B30.21 standard for Lever Hoists include significant changes since the last update to the standard in 2005. Used in many industrial applications for lifting, pulling, and tensioning, lever hoists are an important tool with unique inspection, maintenance, and safety requirements.

This presentation made jointly by Chris Hess, Director of Engineering & Technical Services for Harrington Hoists, and Dave Decker, President of Becket Training & Consulting, will review current industry standards for recommended practices and identify common uses and misuses of lever hoists.

ChrisHess webChris Hess has long been involved in the Material Handling Industry of America, holding officer and chairman positions with the Host Manufacturers Institute and Crane Manufacturers Association of America. In addition he serves on the ASME B30.21 (Lever Hoists) and B30.16 (Overhead Hoists) committees and the Underwriters Laboratories’ Standards Technical Panel for UL 1340 hoists.

Dave Decker has many years of experience overseeing rigging training in high risk industrial applications for the U.S. Navy. He has served on several industry standards committees, including the new ASME P30 (Lift Planning).

Thursday, December 4

Putting Labor Statistics to Work for Crane & Rigging Labor Providers
Presented by: Brian Stamper, Member Concierge for Construction Users Roundtable and Director of Sales and Business Development for Construction Labor Market Analyzer

BrianStamperBrian 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.

The session will include an interactive demonstration using current data trends. Developed in alliance with the Workforce Development Committee of the Construction Users Roundtable, the CLMA helps owners, contractors, and trainers plan for future labor needs.

Brian Stamper is the Director of Sales and Business Development for the CLMA and the Member Concierge at CURT. He has worked in construction management and business development for projects in industrial, healthcare, and corporate markets.

Positive, Negative and Unintended Consequences of Using Visual Aids on Mobile, Tower, and Overhead Cranes
Presented by: Frank Hegan, President, Crane Tech Solutions

FrankHeganCameras and visual aid technology is used in our every day lives—from car backup cameras to security cameras and intersection surveillance. While not new in crane applications, operators and supervisors need greater situational awareness to make the most of the technology. Cameras on the hook block, for example, expand the eyes of the operator and allow management to oversee the lift from the operator’s perspective. Frank Hegan, President, Crane Tech Solutions, Portsmouth, Va., will explain how visual aids for all types of mobile, tower, and overhead cranes can increase productivity, provide competitive advantages, and even assist with accident investigation.

The presenter, Frank Hegan, has more than 30 years of experience in construction and engineering companies. He has co-authored publications related to crane safety and operations, including an in-depth study of crane operations in New York City. He regularly conducts crane safety classes for New Jersey Safety Council.

Call of the Wild. Working in a New State: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
Presented by: Ryan Warren, Shareholder, Polsinelli PC

Warren_Ryan_REWAR_HiResHeadshotCrane age limits?  Operators high on legal pot?  Dead people adopting children in order to increase claims against you?  “Construction team” members (meaning you) responsible for construction defects they had nothing to do with? Too little insurance coverage for that state?

What is this construction world coming to?  What’s waiting to bite you on that job you took across the state line?  That’s what we’re going to try to help you learn about.

Ryan Warren, a construction attorney, and a certified crane operator, will tell you the top 10 legal issues he thinks you should investigate before you travel or perform a lift outside your home state.  Mr. Warren is a shareholder with Polsinelli PC, a nationwide law firm with more than 700 lawyers and 18 offices.  Mr. Warren, based in Colorado, has significant crane-related legal experience, and enjoys few things more than helping crane companies, their operators, oilers, and riggers operate more safely and with less fear of liability … except maybe playing rugby.

Breakout Session: Lift Planning and Engineering for Gantries in Heavy Industrial Applications
Presented by: David Duerr, President, 2DM Associates

DavidDuerrTelescopic hydraulic gantries offer unique load handling solutions in construction and heavy industrial environments. There are times when this equipment is a better alternative to mobile or overhead cranes, such as when traditional methods may be more costly, less practical, or perhaps with greater risk.  This session will cover the planning and execution of lifts using telescopic hydraulic gantry systems and their configurations. Selection of rigging, header beam, and tracks are central to proper equipment setup and lift performance.

David Duerr, P.E., is President of 2DM Associates, a consulting engineering firm in Houston, specializing in providing engineering and technical services to heavy lifting and transportation markets. He has worked on projects in power generation, manufacturing, petrochemicals, medicine, the space program, and high-energy physics research. Mr. Duerr is currently serving on several ASME committees, including those for Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices and Jacks, Rollers, Casters, and Gantries. His presentation will draw from his recently published book, “Telescopic Hydraulic Gantry Systems,” a comprehensive handbook on the topic. The book is available on

The Employer’s Responsibility for Qualifying Crane Operators and Other Workers
Presented by: Mike Eggenberger Sr., Crane Safety Manager, Bay Ltd.

Mike Eggenberger_webCertification and Qualification of Crane Operators, Riggers, and Signalpersons remains a hot topic amidst new cranes and derricks regulations for these workers. In addition to qualification and documentation requirements that are specific to the crane and rigging crew, OSHA General Safety and Health Provisions in 1926.20 direct employers to train workers who will be operating equipment.

Michael Eggenberger, Sr., the Crane Safety Manager for Texas-based Bay Ltd., has worked for the multi-discipline construction, maintenance, and fabrication company for 33 years. He will discuss the employer’s responsibility for qualifying and training workers for the safe operation of mobile cranes.

Over the years, Mike Eggenberger has served as a subject matter expert for NCCER on mobile cranes and rigging. He is an NCCER assessment coordinator and mobile crane practical examiner. In addition, he is a member of the ASME B30 Interest Review Group, ASME P30.1 Planning for Load Handling Activities committee, and ASME B30.23 Personnel Lifting Systems Committee.

Breakout Session: Intelligent Design: Overhead Cranes that Integrate Maintenance and Productivity Data with Facility Processes
Presented by: Calvin LeClair, New Business Development, Konecranes Inc.

CalvinLeClair“Industrial Internet,” a term coined by General Electric to mean the convergence of machine and intelligent data will likely impact facilities using overhead cranes in the near future. As this concept is applied, all the technologies integrated into overhead crane systems will be able to communicate with each other. Facilities managers will know the condition of the equipment and productivity data in real time.

Calvin LeClair, who works in New Business Development and Service for Konecranes Inc. in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., will discuss the future of the industrial internet in manufacturing and process industries. The presentation will guide overhead crane facility managers to think of new applications for the Industrial Internet concept as it applies to their businesses.

A much followed blogger on overhead crane topics, LeClair began his career as a millright installing and fabricating overhead crane systems. He also has experience with inspecting and repairing overhead cranes. In 2012 and 2013, he received contracts and sales awards from Konecranes, a worldwide material handling lifting equipment and service provider for industrial cranes used in manufacturing and process industries.

Enhance Your Company Quality Controls through Hybrid Risk Management
Presented by: Kevin Cunningham, President, Construction Division of Houston International Insurance Group, followed by a panel discussion with insurance agents and crane safety managers.

Cunningham8770_8x10Kevin Cunningham, President, Construction Division of Houston International Insurance Group, will explore a new approach to reducing risk that considers how general contractors and crane owners can work as partners before and after an insurance claim occurs. The newest OSHA and ASME standards identify shared operational responsibilities for different parties on the jobsite, from the general contractor to the crane company and riggers, to ironworkers, and others.

Pro-actively engaging all responsible parties will impact your success in achieving improved quality control for working around power lines, assuring proper ground conditions, rigging, and directing lifts.

Kevin Cunningham has 30 years of experience in heavy industrial insurance and risk management, formerly working as a Lloyd’s of London cover holder underwriter and crane insurance program manager on behalf of Lexington Insurance Co., Travelers Insurance Co., and National Interstate Insurance Co. Today, as president of HIIG Construction, a division of Houston International Insurance Group, he is responsible for all business development and overall risk management services for crane, pile driving, foundation, and related heavy civil construction segments.

HIIG is an insurance holding company based in Houston, Texas, with offices in Atlanta, Ga.; Birmingham, Ala.; Chicago, Ill.; and Dallas, Texas. The groups underwrites through its specialty divisions including HIIG Construction, HIIG Energy, HIIG Professional and HIIG Specialty, which offer the group’s surplus lines and admitted carriers that are rated A / A- by A.M. Best Company.

Following his presentation, Mr. Cunningham will lead a panel discussion with insurance agents and crane safety managers to get their take on Hybrid Risk Management.


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