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2014 Crane & Rigging Conference Canada


2014 Crane & Rigging Conference Canada 

The 4th Annual CRC Canada Returns to Edmonton October 20-21

The Marriott at River Cree Resort in Edmonton, Alberta will once again host the Crane & Rigging Conference (CRC) Canada in 2014. CRC Canada 2014The event returns “home” following a widely successful 2013 Conference at the same location. Mark Bridger of Maximum Capacity Media (event organizer) commented on the event venue by saying, “In the longer term we still see the conference expanding into other regions of Canada, but we have a footprint in Edmonton and we want to finish what we started in 2011. The conference has facilitated so much positive change, but there is a long way to go.”

CRC Canada 2014 will be supported by Industrial Training International (ITI) Canada ULC as the official event partner, Liebherr-Canada Ltd. as an associate sponsor, and Crane & Hoist Canada as the official media sponsor. It has also been confirmed that the Canadian Hoisting & Rigging Safety Council (CHRSC) will participate at the conference as a supporting organization. 

Headline speakers include:

-          Mike Parnell, President/CEO, ITI Canada UCL

-          Knut Buschmann, President, Unirope Ltd.

The 2014 edition of CRC Canada is an ideal event for crane and rigging supervisors, facility managers, and safety professionals. Key topic to be discussed include:

-          Overhead Cranes

-          Critical Lifting

-          Rigging

-          Standards

-          Competency and Training

3 Ways to Register

Registration for CRC Canada 2104 is $695 USD and includes admission to the conference, the exhibition area, and breakfast and lunch both days. Registration can be processed by:

  1. Calling 602-445-3932 to register by phone
  2. Downloading the registration form, complete and fax to 515-574-2361 or email to
  3. Registering online at

Register for CRC Canada

Don’t forget to book your room and the Edmonton Marriott by calling 800-960-4913. Mention the Crane & Rigging Conference to receive the discounted group rate.

6 in 60: Six Diverse Load Handling Lessons in 60 Minutes


6 in 60: Six Diverse Load Handling Lessons in 60 Minutes

The Showcase Webinar Series is a monthly, educational webinar hosted by ITIShowcase Webinar President/Technical Director, Mike Parnell. The free, one-hour sessions cover topics relevant to organizations, teams, and individuals who conduct load handling activities. 

The next edition of the webinar series is set for Tuesday, September 30, 2014 and will feature Jonathan Parnell, P.E. as the guest host. Titled 6 in 60: Six Diverse Load Handling Lesson in 60 Minutes, webinar attendees would likely find this smorgasbord of crane, rigging, and load handling lessons on the “education” section of a Lift Director’s resume or LinkedIn profile. 

Webinar Topics will include:

  • Rigging Gear Inspection
  • Advanced Rigging
  • Critical Lift Planning
  • Mobile Crane Inspection
  • Mobile Crane Operation
  • Rigging Engineering

The live event will invite participation from all attendees as the lessons will feature poll questions to identify possible knowledge gaps and emphasize key learning points. Time permitting, the session will conclude with a real time question and answer session. 

Register for the Webinar

To learn more about ITI or the ITI Webinar Division, visit or call 800-727-6355.

Interactive Program Prospectus for the World’s Only Rigging Engineering Training Program


Interactive Program Prospectus for the World’s Only Rigging Engineering Training Program

In February 2014, Industrial Training International (, announced plans for a revolutionary training program focusing solely on the discipline of rigging engineering. The inspiration for such a program derives from a knowledge gap that applies to engineers that are new to the crane and rigging scene, as well as field-experienced crane and rigging managers who have graduated through the ranks by means of on-the-job experience.

Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering, the world’s only rigging engineering training program, seeks to educate both of the aforementioned student profiles. Set to launch in January of 2015, the curriculum features five required courses and seven electives, two of which are needed to complete the program. 

With over 250 hours of planned curriculum, the breadth and depth of Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering cannot be understated. For those wishing to explore the program further, a unique and innovative solution is now available. 

Interactive Program Prospectus

Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering features 16 of the leading minds in the crane, rigging, heavy transport, and offshore lifting industries as instructors. With the number of course options and moving parts within the program, properly processing the appropriate program information can be challenging. To combat this issue, an on-line, interactive program prospectus is now accessible. The preview contains:

  • Program Overview
  • Videos
  • Program Manager Profile
  • Instructors
  • Accreditation
  • Required Courses
  • Elective Courses
  • Format & Instructional Design
  • Pricing
  • FAQs
FoRE Program Preview

For more information please visit or call 1.800.727.6355.

ITI to Host Pacific Northwest Regional Crane Operator & Rigger Skills Competition


ITI to Host Pacific Northwest Regional Crane Operator & Rigger Skills Competition

Industrial Training International ( is proud to host the Pacific Northwest Regional Crane Operator & Rigger Skills Competition September 5, 2014 at ITI Headquarters in Woodland, Wash. The September 5th competition is the first of eight CIC regional events, with the top two participants from each region moving on to the national championship in Las Vegas in the spring of 2015. 

The skills competition will serve as the centerpiece of a day filled with activities including, an open house, vendor showcase, and customer/community appreciation.

Register to Compete

The September 5th event marks the second time that ITI has hosted a CIC sponsored regional skills competition.

2013 Recap

Eight crane operators from the Pacific Northwest competed on October 5, 2013 at ITI's Woodland Training Center for two berths in the National Crane Operator Rodeo Finals. The regional qualifying event was one of nine rodeos leading up to the National Finals that will take place in March of 2014 at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG Trade Show in Las Vegas.

The eight contestants competed in three events that were judged and scored by certified CIC examiners, ITI's Jay Dyson and Alex Faris.

The first event, Place Ball in Drum, called for the contestants to place the ball of a 35-ton-capacity RT Grove 635C into two open drums as quickly as possible. 

In the second event, Slalom, the crane operators had to direct a load (a weighted 55 gallon metal drum) through a slalom course of staggered drums as quickly as possible, while keeping a 3-foot chain fastened to the bottom of the drum in contact with the ground at all times. 

The final event, Stand & Move Pipe, required contestants to lift a 10-foot PVC pipe, filled with concrete to a standing position, keep the pipe within a corridor, and finally lay it down again.

While speed was king in these events, accuracy and control played a vital role as well, as operators were penalized for violations in each event, and points were added to their overall score. The operator with the lowest total score after the three events is the champion.

2013 Winners

Advanced Rigging & Lifting Workshop eBook Now Available


Advanced Rigging & Lifting Workshop eBook Now Available

Industrial Training International ( has been conducting crane, rigging, and lifting open-enrollment educational events since 1986. The natural evolution of these events has led to the Advanced Rigging & Lifting Workshop, with the next event taking place in Fort McMurray, Alberta, November 12 - 14. 

About 70% of the Workshop curriculum will come directly from ITI courses, with the remaining instruction coming from guest instructors, Marco van Daal (international heavy transport expert), Jeff Dacey P. Eng. (Bantrel), and George Hammel (Crosby). 

To gain a better understanding of what is ahead of Fort McMurray attendees, the ITI Workshops Division has made a Workshop Preview eBook available to all for free download. The Preview eBook contains:

  • ITI Workshops: Introduction
  • Instructor Profiles
  • Workshop Agenda
  • Venue Information
  • What To Do In Fort McMurray
  • And More!
E-Book Download

Learn more at or call 780-490-6611. 

Human Performance Improvement Practitioner Joins Rigging Engineering Program



Contact: Jonah Hobson, Marketing Manager

Telephone: 1-800-727-6355


Human Performance Improvement Practitioner Joins Rigging Engineering Program 

Industrial Training International (, a world leader in crane, rigging, and lifting educational services, is happy to announce William (Bill) Rigot as the newest instructor of Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering, the world’s only Rigging Engineering training program.

Mr. Rigot is a Human Performance Improvement (HPI) practitioner who Bill Rigotspecializes in managing risk in technical industries where risk management is particularly applicable. He draws on extensive experience with the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program, and most recently with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS). At SRS, Rigot held the responsibility of managing training, engineering, and plutonium operations activities. 

CommanaderCommander Rigot served twenty years in the U.S. Navy on a variety of surface ships, including three tours on nuclear powered ships. He was the Executive Officer of the Navy’s nuclear prototype site at West Milton, NY where a staff of 600 instructors provided advanced training for as many as 1,600 nuclear power students under the demanding oversight of Admiral Rickover and Naval Reactors. While on the prototype staff he directly served Admiral Rickover as a Naval Reactors Representative, providing contract oversight for General Electric, the prime contractor.  In his last nuclear assignment, Commander Rigot served as Chief Engineer in USS NIMITZ (CVN-68), completing two deployments and two extensive shipyard availabilities.

Human Performance Improvement (HPI) is the organized progression of isolating and examining the root cause of performance issues, and implementing strategies to improve these issues on an organizational scale. When broken down further, HPI is a blend of three central methods: performance analysis, cause analysis, and intervention selection. Organizations have turned to HPI, sometimes also referred to as Human Performance Technology (HTP), as a driver of improvement in terms of societal, organizational and individual performance. 

The International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) has developed a set of standards specific to HPI. These standards include:

  • Focus on Results
  • Take a Systems View
  • Add Value
  • Utilize Partnerships
  • Systematic Assessment of Need or Opportunity
  • Systematic Cause Analysis
  • Systematic Design
  • Systematic Development
  • Systematic Implementation
  • Systematic Evaluation

For a complete, detailed explanation of each standard, visit

Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering

Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering seeks to serve engineers who come on the crane and rigging scene with backgrounds in mechanical, civil, structural or other branches of engineering, but with little to no formal education when it specifically applies to cranes and rigging activities. Another student profile includes field-experienced crane and rigging manager who have graduated through the ranks to key roles such as lift planner, crane or riggingFoRE E-Book superintendent, or master rigger. These professionals have learned a great deal on the job, but lack the technical engineering education behind load handling activities.

Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering seeks to serve both of these groups, as well as anyone else that can be categorized as a lifting or hoisting authority by providing foundational knowledge in rigging engineering through exposing participants to lifting challenges and provide them with the resources needed to solve those challenges. 

To better understand the breadth and depth of this cutting-edge new program, ITI has made the Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering Program eBook available to all wishing to learn more. The program eBook covers the following topics:

  • Program format and delivery method
  • Profiles on all 14 instructors/curriculum developers
  • A complete program outline
  • Individual outlines for all 10 courses
  • Program pricing options
  • A list of program supporters and customers

The program eBook is available for download in a convenient, easy to use pdf format. For instant access to the eBook you can click here, or visit

Crane Operation & OSHA: What You Need to Know



Contact: Jonah Hobson, Marketing Manager
Telephone: 1-800-727-6355

Crane Operation & OSHA: What You Need to Know

Do you have questions about the upcoming changes to OSHA requirements regarding crane operation?

The Showcase Webinar Series is a monthly, educational webinar hosted by ITI President/Technical Director Mike Parnell. ITI Showcase Webinar Series LogoThe free, one-hour sessions cover topics relevant to organizations conducting lifting activities.

The upcoming July 16, 2014 webinar entitled Crane Operation & OSHA: What You Need to Know will feature Guest Presenter Debbie Dickinson, Executive Director, Crane Institute Certification, and expand on the following learning points:

  • OSHA’s proposed delay and what that means for certification
  • July 2014 OSHA meeting results
  • Qualification vs. Certification
  • ANSI and CIC
  • New certification programs for mechanic truck operators and lift directors

The live event will feature an interactive question and answer session with host, Mike Parnell, and guest, Debbie Dickinson, allowing participants to expand on a number of OSHA issues and scenarios.

Click here to register!

To learn more about ITI or the ITI Webinars Division, visit or call 800-727-6355.

New Video! "We are ITI."


We Are ITI

Industrial Training International ( has released a new video. We tried to exemplify our mission statement - To be regarded as the world's foremost provider of educational and technical services for those who use cranes, rigging, and load handling equipment.  Enjoy.

Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

5 MORE (Free) Crane and Rigging Resources


5 MORE (Free) Crane and Rigging Resources

Last November, we posted five free crane and rigging training resources that were readily available to anyone with internet access. The idea was to gather up legitimate tools and references in one user friendly bundle, without having to sift through any of the bad information that resides online. Response to the initial article was so positive, that we set out to find more impactful crane and rigging tools to share. So, here are five MORE free crane and rigging resources for your arsenal.

Lift Planning Info Kit

The resources that make up the lift planning info kit will help in all phases of the lift planning process. Four different informational vehicles make up the kit including - articles, E-Books, videos, and a Lift Count Calculator via Microsoft Excel. Lift Planning Info KitThe full lift planning info kit package includes:

  • Lift Count Calculator
  • E-Book: Mike’s Safety Tips
  • E-Book: Lift Director & Critical Lift Planning Course Overview
  • Article: Rigging Training - 5 Elements that Should Be in Your Next Program
  • Video: What is a Lift Director?
  • Video: What is a Master Rigger?

Crane & Rigging Associations

A number of non-profit associations exist within the crane and rigging industry. While these organizations cover different aspects of cranes, rigging, hoisting, and safety, they share the common goal of bettering the industry as a whole. Crane and rigging associations include:

  • Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals (ACRP) - ACRP is a non-profit association whose mission is dedicated to improving crane operations and rigging activities in all industries.
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) - ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education, and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.
  • Association of Wire Rope Fabricators (AWRF) - AWRF promotes interests common among companies manufacturing, fabricating, or distributing lifting, rigging, and load securement devices made of chain, rope, and synthetic products.
  • Web Sling & Tie Down Association (WSTDA) - WSTDA is a tax-exempt, non-profit, technical association dedicated to the development and promotion of voluntary recommended standards and associated reference materials.
  • Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) - SC&RA is committed to providing the unique information and any other lawful activities members need to safely, legally and profitably transport, lift, and erect oversize and overweight items.

A number of other associations and organizations are a vital part of the crane and rigging industry. For a more complete list please visit

ITI Field Services Case Studies

Educated minds and experienced hands have always been the foundation of the ITI Field Services staff. The Field Services team has made case studies available to better outline the services and solutions they offer clients. 

ITI FS Case Study

Click here for access to ITI Field Services Case Studies.

Crane & Rigging Videos

Just like everyone else out there, we like to watch and learn as well. So sit back, relax, and enjoy these crane, rigging, and load handling videos.

 Video Screenshot

Click here for access to the entire ITI crane and rigging video library

ASME Interpretations

Standard interpretations from the ASME B30 CommitteeASME LOGO for cableways, cranes, derricks, hoists, hooks, jacks, and slings, and the ASME P30 Committee for cranes, derricks, hoists, cableways, aerial devices, and lifting accessories have been approved by ASME for ITI’s use to republish. Dig deeper into the applicable ASME Standards by clicking here to access the interpretations

Rigging Gear Inspector Course E-Book Now Available



Contact: Jonah Hobson, Marketing Manager 
Telephone: 1-800-727-6355 

Rigging Gear Inspector Course E-Book Now Available

Rigging inspector training has been provided by ITI for 30 years. The training curriculum heavily focuses on wire rope inspection, hoist rope inspection, chain sling inspection, and hardware inspection.

The original Rigging Gear Inspector Course is designed to build or enhance the skills of the student to become a qualified, in-house rigging gear inspector. The three-day course includes classroom workshops and multiple hands-on inspection activities. 

Rigging Gear Inspector Course E-Book

To better understand the details of this critical skill-building course, ITI has made the Rigging Gear Inspector Course E-Book available to all wishing to learn more. Resources in the course E-Book include:E-Book Cover

  • Course Purpose and Scope
  • Course Objectives
  • Course Outline
  • Who Should Attend
  • When and Where the Course is Offered
  • Testimonials

ITI's Rigging Gear Inspector Course is offered at both client locations and at all three North American Training Centers:

  • Woodland, Washington
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Edmonton, Alberta

The next open enrollment training center course is set for July 8-10, 2014 in Edmonton. To register for the July 8-10 course, click here. Following the July course dates, the next scheduled open enrollment session is August 12-15, 2014 in Woodland. For a quote on an on-site course please call 1-800-727-6355.

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