Industry News and Resources Now Directly on Wire Rope Exchange Website

Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 4.00.25 PMCheck it out! The Wire Rope Exchange continues to add more features and resources to their website to enhance the users experience.  Just added, WRE now features industry news and resources directly from their website.  Visit Wire Rope Exchange website to see your business can take advantage:


Harrington Hoists, Inc. is pleased to announce Approved Training for ETCP Renewal Credits

ETCP-logo_rec-bevel-tag1Harrington’s most recent addition to their training courses is an ETCP (Entertainment Technician Certification Program) recognized training program on their TNER Theatrical Electric Chain Hoists. The program consists of an eight hour inspection and repair training course intended for ETCP certified riggers and electricians. This course covers inspection, repair, maintenance, and troubleshooting our TNER hoists. Continue reading

Tips To Ensure Safety While Using Rigging Equipment

Rigging is a very important process in most of the businesses today, especially construction and shipyard industries. Rigging can be referred to any hardware and/or equipment that the businesses use to attach heavy objects to the device that will lift it. It is also defined as the process or an art to hook the load or the heavy object to the lifting device by using the most durable slings and other required hardware/equipment.

Read more of Holloway Houston’s article on the rigging requirements that should be followed to ensure workers’ safety.

Unique Seaflex Safety Notice

We have been advised of an incident during a subsea lifting operation where the master link (lifting ring) fitted to a 10t Air Lift Bag failed in use. The same style of master links are fitted to 10t WaterLoad Bags.

Unique Seaflex 3The photographs above show the overall size of the master link, and the part number embossed on the flat section

Unique Seaflex have identified the batch number of the parted master link, however as these links are interchangeable, have as a precaution, decided to advise all owners or users of 10t Air Lift Bags and 10t WaterLoad Bags to inspect the master links fitted to their bags and quarantine any products marked with the following two possible Lot Numbers –

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WSTDA Now Offering Free Standards Downloads

The Board of Directors the Web Sling & Tie Down Association (WSTDA) recently approved a measure to offer its electronic-format Recommended Standards and Test Methods on a complimentary basis to all interested users.

Prior to the recent Board action, the publications were offered for sale in print or electronic format; now, users may visit to download the publications in Adobe� Portable Document Format (PDF) on a complimentary basis. Continue reading

Chinese Import of Wire Rod Increased YoY in Jan-Feb

Stainless Steel Wire and Bars .062″ and up – rapid manufacturing

According to industry statistics, in January to February, China’s exports of wire rod and its finished products hit 1314857.30 tonnes increasing by 19.82% over the same period of last year; while imports of that reached 94900.50 tonnes, an increase of 67.75% YoY. In the aspects of exports, steel wire total exports hit 259287.39 tonnes, down 3.40% YoY while total imports of that hit 27145.14 tonnes, up 40.29% YoY. Continue reading

ArcelorMittal, Bekaert to swap stakes in Latin America wire ventures

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As Reuters reports from Sao Paulo, Brazil, ArcelorMittal SA, the world’s largest steelmaker, and Bekaert Group on Wednesday agreed to swap their stakes in their Brazil, Costa Rica and Ecuador ventures, part of a broader plan to extend a four-decade partnership in fast-growing markets, an executive said.

Under terms of the plan, ArcelorMittal will transfer its 55 per cent stake in a rope-producing venture to Bekaert, allowing the latter to control all of Bekaert Cimaf Cabos Ltda in exchange for steady supply of wire, said Augusto Espeschit, president of Belgo Bekaert Arames – the Brazil-based venture between Bekaert and ArcelorMittal known as BBA.

In addition, ArcelorMittal will have a minority shareholding in Bekaert-controlled wire producer Ideal Alambrec in Ecuador, taking advantage of rapid expansion in the country’s civil construction sector, he added. Continue reading

OSHA Schedules Informal Hearing on Proposed Extension of Crane Operator Certification Deadline

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently scheduled an informal public hearing to discuss OSHA’s proposed rule to extend the compliance date for the crane operator certification requirement and the existing phase-in requirement that employers ensure that their operators are qualified to operate the equipment. The hearing will be held May 19, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

Robust Demand in End-User Markets Drives the Global Steel Wire Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Steel Wire markets. Global market for Steel Wire is projected to reach US$34 billion by 2020, driven by growing demand in major end-use markets such as construction, machinery manufacturing, automotive, oil & gas, telecom, and power, among others.

Produced from wire rods, a finished long steel product, steel wire finds use in several end-use sectors. Construction, machinery and automotive markets especially present significant opportunities for use of steel wire. Steel wires are also used in a range of infrastructure constructions such as suspension bridges, which are hung using steel ropes spun with thousands of steel wires bound together. Steel wires also find use for general engineering applications in machinery and heavy equipment. In the automotive industry, steel wires are used for reinforcing tires to add to their strength and durability. Continue reading

LGH Release Troubleshooting Video for Electric Winches

Screen Shot 2014-03-24 at 9.45.04 PMLifting Gear Hire (LGH) recently launched a new product demonstration video. The video is now available on the LGH YouTube page, This video focuses on troubleshooting electric winches.

The troubleshooting video contains pertinent information regarding finding solutions to common problems with electric winches. The electric winch is considered to be one of the most reliable pieces of pulling equipment. To ensure proper execution of a pulling or lifting job, it is important to have the correct electric winch. LGH offers a variety of electric winches ranging in capacities from 750 to 3,000 lbs. To view the video and learn more about troubleshooting electric winches please visit

Rigging Engineering Basics Now Available


J. Keith Anderson, Chief Rigging Engineer for Bechtel, offers his contribution to the rigging and hoisting industry with a dynamic, educational title: Rigging Engineering Basics.  A comprehensive “bible” for rigging engineers, lift planners, advanced riggers, field engineers, site supervisors, and the like, Rigging Engineering Basics is an essential reference guide for all personnel involved in rigging and lift planning activities. Continue reading

Industry Has 30 Days to Comment on Proposed Delay of Operator Certification

OSHA’s proposal to postpone the compliance date for crane operator certification by three years was finally made official on Feb. 7, 2014, when it was published in the Federal Register. The industry has until March 12, 2014 to comment on the rulemaking. Until a decision is reached, the current compliance date remains in effect for Nov. 10, 2014.

Crane Institute Certification (CIC) encourages industry stakeholders to review the proposed rule and to submit comments. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking can be found here. Continue reading

OSHA Proposes Rule to Extend Compliance Date for Crane Operator Certification Requirements

OSHA logoThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a proposed rule to extend the compliance date for the crane operator certification requirement by three years to Nov. 10, 2017. The proposal would also extend to the same date the existing phase-in requirement that employers ensure that their operators are qualified to operate the equipment. Continue reading

CIC and ISHM Enter Joint Endorsement Agreement

thumbs_logo-side-textCrane Institute Certification (CIC) and Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM), Yuma, Ariz., announce that the organizations have entered into a joint marketing agreement. Both CIC and ISHM share a common goal of improving the safety and health of workers, and thereby reducing accidents. Continue reading