07/02/2012 - 04:00 am

Sling Expert Joins Canada Crane Conference Headliners

Mike Gelskey Sr., president and CEO of Lift-It Manufacturing, will again be among the headline speakers when MCM Events presents its second Crane & Rigging Conference (CRC) Canada, at the Sutton Place Hotel, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Sept. 13-14, 2012.

Sling and rigging expert Gelskey was the toast of many enlightened end users when the inaugural CRC Canada opened to a standing room only crowd in October 2011 at the nearby Fantasyland Hotel, where professionals from all the western provinces and many from the United States attended the two-day event.

"It hit me like a ton of bricks about 30 years ago that it really didn’t matter how good a product anyone builds, if people don’t know how to use them properly, it really doesn’t matter," said Gelskey. A recurring message was that even a tiny nick can greatly reduce the capacity of a synthetic sling.

Other headliners will include Mike Parnell, president, Industrial Training International; and Judy Mellott, president and CEO, All Canadian Training Institute Inc. (ACTi).

The event is a partnership between Maximum Capacity Media (MCM), ACTi, and Kolo Safety Inc.

"We were very pleased with the inaugural event and positive feedback we received from a very passionate and engaged Canadian audience," said MCM President Guy Ramsey.

CRC Canada 2012 will feature a much anticipated update from last year’s panel, which discussed harmonization of regulations relevant to cranes and rigging with the other three Western provinces—British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba—and possibly beyond.

The event will again provide opportunities to improve the management of crane operations before, during, and after the lift. Fleet and facilities managers, safety leaders, operators and riggers will participate in sessions to help users apply new regulations; evaluate and safely prepare the work environment; hone inspection skills; manage and maintain equipment; and learn from colleagues and competitors.

The conference will focus on construction, mobile cranes, overhead cranes, hoists and rigging in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba; the North West Territories are addressing major growth in the oil, gas and mining sectors over the next 10 years.

Breaks in the program will give delegates the opportunity to peruse an exhibit area featuring displays from a variety of vendors.

Register prior to July 6, 2012, to receive the early bird rate of C$595.

For more information, visit www.craneandriggingconference.com.

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