Interaction on a wide variety of technical
issues… an enlightening educational session on mitigating product
liability… technical meetings on standards development… a first-rate
location in a premier international destination … all promise to make
the WSTDA 2015 Annual Meeting a can’t-miss gathering of industry
2015 ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS:
Interaction on Technical
Issues: Each of WSTDA’s four Technical Committees will
convene twice: first in a working sessions aimed at progress
on Technical Committee projects and Standards reviews; and
then in a series of discussion forums: interactive sessions
for which attendees may suggest possible discussion topics
in advance via an online form. All sessions are open and all
registered attendees are welcome.
Session: A two-part educational session focusing on
minimizing risk for product liability in the cargo
securement industry, and one member’s experience as a
defendant in product liability litigation where proper
warnings were a significant factor.
“New Technology Spotlight”
presentations: 15-minute presentations intended to highlight
new technology, processes, or offerings of interest to the
WSTDA audience… open to all registered attendees on a
Click here for more information about the WSTDA 2015 Annual Meeting.
Sponsorships Still Available for Annual Meeting
Increase your exposure at WSTDA’s 2015
Annual Meeting in Vancouver, and help support WSTDA’s programs and
activities by becoming an Annual Meeting Sponsor.
Click here for details on sponsorship opportunities.
Revision Draft Available for Public Review & Comment
Web Sling Technical Committee has completed its revisions to the current
edition of the Recommended Standard Specification For Synthetic Sewing
Threads For Slings and Tie Downs (WSTDA TH-1) and in early February
received approval of the WSTDA Board of Directors to publish the
Revision Draft for public comment. The public comment period will
conclude on Thursday, March 26, 2015.
To view the Revision Draft and download a Comment form to use in
submitting comments, please
click here. Web Sling & Tie Down Association, Inc. has been
recognized as a standards writing organization by the Department of
Labels Now Feature Narrower Width, Lower Cost
now, WSTDA warning labels are resized from the former 2 ¼" width to a
narrower 1 7/8" width, offering a more streamlined format for attaching
to web slings, roundslings and tie downs. The WSTDA Board of Directors
approved a price reduction for the narrower labels, passing along a cost
reduction due to the change in label size and material required to
produce the labels.
WSTDA has developed a system of warning labels, safety bulletins/warning
sheets for web slings, roundslings and tie downs that can be used not
only as a warning system, but also as part of a larger occupational
training system. WSTDA’s on-product labeling focuses on a core set of
six important issues: proper training, inspection and recognition of
conditions for removal from use, sling protection, understanding of
rated capacity, attention to dangerous lifting conditions, and proper
storage and maintenance.
WSTDA warning products are available in English, Spanish and French.
Learn more about how the warning products were developed, and find out
how to order WSTDA warning products
WSTDA 2015 Scholarship Program
Application Now Available
WSTDA Scholarship Program seeks to give back to the industry, and
provides a valuable benefit of WSTDA membership. The WSTDA Scholarships
are merit-based awards intended to help offset educational expenses at
an accredited college or university for qualified students in any field
of study. Academic achievement, community service and extracurricular
activities, as well as responses to short essay questions, are each
considered in the selection process.
Application to the WSTDA Scholarship Program is open to all employees,
and legal dependents of such employees, of organizations that are
Members in the US and Canada, in good standing with Web Sling & Tie Down
In 2014, the first year of the WSTDA Scholarship Program, $3,000
merit-based scholarships were awarded to two very deserving students:
Ansley Taylor Howard,
University of South Florida, sponsored by WSTDA Member
United Rigging, Inc., Jacksonville, FL; and
Andrew Thomas Conley, Michigan
Technological University, sponsored by WSTDA Member
Wiscolift, Inc., Greenville, WI
Applications for the 2015-2016 Scholarship Program are now available
here. The application deadline for the 2015-2016 program is June 15,
2015 and awards will be announced in early August 2015.
Support the Scholarship Program: Donate Today!
Donate today in support of the WSTDA Scholarship Program! The program is
currently funded entirely by the WSTDA operating budget, and all
donations will be applied to offset program awards and expenses. At this
time, donations made in support of the WSTDA Scholarship Program are not
tax-deductible as a charitable contribution, but may be deductible as a
business expense; please consult your tax advisor.
WSTDA Quick Pulse Survey:
Submit Your Info for the 2014 4th Quarter Survey
2014 4th Quarter “Quick Pulse Survey” is now open and members are
encouraged to participate. WSTDA’s quarterly Quick Pulse survey helps
business owners gauge the current and future business environment to
compare to their own operations and help guide their business
forecasting and planning. WSTDA’s quarterly Quick Pulse Survey is the
only source for the overall outlook for growth, employment, demand,
margin expansion/contraction, supply shortages (labor, goods) and
exporting activity in the web sling and tie down industry. It is a
useful tool for analysis by business owners who need to gauge the
current and future business environment to help guide their business
forecasting and planning.
Broad participation in the quarterly Quick Pulse survey is paramount, so
that results truly reflect the industry as a whole. Following the end of
each calendar quarter, WSTDA emails a survey request to one person at
each member organization. No company’s individual responses are
released; only an aggregated report is provided to WSTDA members. Be
sure to participate in this free service provided by WSTDA by responding
to the 2014 4th quarter survey, found
Feature: Member Profiles
What is a Member Profile? A short, informative few paragraphs and images
that provide an overview of WSTDA Members’ line of business, customer
base, facilities, personnel, and WSTDA involvement such as service on
Committees. We post Member Profiles on
New Member Profiles Are Being Posted!
Visit the WSTDA website “Member
Profiles” page to learn about your fellow Members! The latest:
profiles on Doleco USA, Div. of Dolezych GmbH, Filtec Precise, Inc., and
WSTDA posts Profiles only on request of Members. All Regular, Associate
and Affiliate Members are invited to complete a brief form and submit to
headquarters. Images are welcome! If you would like your company to be
the next to be featured in a Member Profile, please complete the form
and submit it right away.
Longtime WSTDA Member, Retires from Industry
Barney Dugan, Product Specialist for WSTDA
Member QC-21 Lifting Products, an F&M Mafco Inc. Company, recently
retired. Barney came on the WSTDA scene in 2010 when QC-21 joined WSTDA.
Barney served as a member of the Roundsling and Web Sling Technical
Committees. Many may also fondly remember Barney’s wonderful photographs
taken at WSTDA meetings. We wish the very best to Barney in his
WSTDA Membership Reaches Another Record Level
WSTDA continues is upward trend in
membership, welcoming five new members since we published the last issue
of Uplifting News. Four new Regular Members and one new Associate Member
hail from the United States, Mexico, Canada, and China and represent a
variety of industry products and applications. WSTDA Membership, having
grown nearly 20% in the past six years, stands at an all-time high of
130 Member organizations.
DETAILS and listing of New Members.
Case Outcomes, Differing State Laws and Unique Fact Patterns Show
Impossibility of a "Perfect Warning Label" or "Failsafe Defense"
meetings, we dissect the wording of our recommended standards to make
them as clear as possible and consistent with one another; we expend
huge efforts to perfect our warning labels; and we sometimes stage “mock
trials” to put our members in the best defensive position.
However, as the three cases to be
discussed in this article will warn – all of them involving the
Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (formerly, the
National Spa and Pool Institute), its standards for swimming
pools and diving boards, the manufacturers who comply with those
standards and plaintiffs who suffered horrendous diving
accidents – court outcomes can be contradictory; expert
testimony is sometimes not allowed; warnings are sometimes
irrelevant; and the particular facts of each case are unique, so
that no amount of consistency or expertise in our own standards,
safety brochures or warning labels can ever guarantee a
successful defense. The conclusion is not, however, that WSTDA
should not be engaged in these activities, but that even if and
when we carry them out according to best practices, we can never
be certain that our efforts – no matter how great – will always
Executive Director Earns Professional Credential
Certified Association Executive (CAE) Commission of the American Society
of Association Executives recently conferred the CAE credential on
Kathleen A. (Kathy) DeMarco, WSTDA’s Executive Director and Senior
Account Executive for WSTDA's management firm, Stringfellow Management
Group (SMG). The CAE is the highest professional credential in the
association industry and is accredited by the National Commission for
Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Certified Association Executives have
demonstrated a high level of knowledge, ethical fitness, and leadership
in the field of association management.
“With 27 years of experience in association management, this credential
is well-deserved. I have worked with Kathy for the past six years and
have the highest regard for her professionalism and dedication to her
clients,” said Fred Stringfellow, CAE, President of SMG.
To earn the CAE credential, candidates must first submit an application
satisfying requirements including professional experience and over 100
hours of professional education. Successful applicants must next pass a
challenging examination on all aspects of association management.
Candidates undertake significant lengths of study in preparation for the
exam, and only those who are able to achieve the designated examination
score earn the CAE credential. Once earned, the certification must be
renewed every three years through additional studies and leadership
activities; thus, the CAE is an honor neither easily earned nor
Wire Rope User's Manual
Available on Digital Media
Rope User’s Manual, 4th Edition is now available on Flash Drive.
Your electronic manual can be read by both PC and Mac operating systems.
Carry this manual into the field and plug it into your laptop or tablet
or other device that has a USB port. This electronic version makes it
easy to search for the information you need whether you are in the field
or at your desk. The manual is not saved to your device or server, but
is read and used directly from the flash drive. The flash drive can be
shared by multiple users, as no password is required.
Rope User’s Manual is published by the Wire Rope Technical Board and
is the culmination of a joint effort by the domestic wire rope industry.
This 160 page manual is a comprehensive and convenient source of
reference data covering areas such as wire rope components;
identification and construction; handling and installation; operation,
inspection and maintenance; and physical properties. The information
provided helps establish sound practices in rope selection and
application. In addition, the fourth edition includes a new section to
serve as guidance for the safe use of rope and sling products: Wire Rope
and Wire Rope Sling Safety Bulletin and Wire Rope Inspection Form.
materials from the WRTB include ASTM standards related to wire rope;
Wire Rope Sling User’s Manual; Wire Rope Inspection Guidelines;
Wire Rope and Wire Rope Sling Safety Bulletin; Wire Rope Warning
Tags and Labels; and Groove Gauge Sets.
information and a copy of the order form visit the
WRTB website or by contacting WRTB Fulfillment at 888.289.9782 or