Bull Rigging: What is that?

Posted by Judy Chenoweth on Aug 8, 2017 2:55:22 PM

Bull Rigging: What is that?

What in the world is Bull Rigging? Those of us not familiar with the term might be picturing grabbing a hold of a rigging configuration by the shackle and hanging on for an eight second ride. As fun as that sounds, it is not Bull Rigging. In short, Bull Rigging is the term used to describe a method or system of rigging commonly used where a crane (mobile/overhead) cannot gain access. Bull Rigging is often referred to as drifting, "tarzaning," or just simply hand rigging. It is often used in concert with other rigging activities such as transferring a load from a structure to a crane hook or vice-versa.

The equipment most likely used in Bull Rigging include:Bull Rigging Hou 001.jpg

  • Chain Falls
  • Come-a-longs or Lever Hoists
  • Rollers/Casters/Skates
  • Jacks (mechanical or hydraulic)
  • Winches
  • Rigging Blocks

The planing and application of using chain hoists and other similar devices to drift loads (moving horizontally while being suspended), skidding/skating loads (pulling a load horizontally on rollers or other equipment), or building a winch and block system to aid with either, takes great skill and careful considerations regarding the forces that we create when building rigging systems. 

Okay, so exactly what does it take to be a Bull Rigger?

To start, an excellent knowledge base of equipment uses and applications is a must! In addition, an understanding of the theory behind these unique load handling challenges make for an effective, and most importantly, a skilled Bull Rigger. The theoretical understanding should focus on these six points:

  1. Load weight estimation.
  2. Discovering the center of gravity (C/G) and its effect on the load.
  3. Finding load weight distribution and identify the share of the weight.
  4. Understanding tension when working with angles as well as level or off level pick points and respect the influences it has not only upon the rigging but also the supporting structure.
  5. Determining the force required to pull a load up an incline plan or hold a load back when lowering.
  6. Calculating mechanical advantage as well as associated block loading and frictional gain in a multi-part winch/block system.

To build your skills as a Bull Rigger, visit http://www.iti.com/bull-rigging-with-chain-hoists to learn more and register for upcoming open enrollment courses. 

Want to see some bull rigging in action? Check out the video!


Topics: come-a-long, Bull Rigging, Chain Fall, Rigging block

OSHA Crane Rule Enforcement Delay Proposed

Posted by Jonah Hobson on Jun 15, 2017 12:10:15 PM

OSHA Crane Rule Enforcement Delay Proposed

Proposed extension of enforcement deadline to be discussed at June 20th meeting


On June 6, 2017, OSHA (via the Federal Register), announced that the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH), will hold a teleconference meeting on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. The purpose of the meeting is to consider a proposed extension to the enforcement date of OSHA’s ballyhooed crane operator certification requirement in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard. The proposed extension is for one additional year, with the final crane rule going into effect November 10, 2018. OSHA’s proposal effects the existing employer responsibility to ensure that crane operators are “trained and competent,” with the employer duty also being extended until November 2018.osha-logo1.jpg

The ACCSH will meet via teleconference from 1 PM to 5 PM ET, on June 20. The deadline to submit request to address the ACCSH meeting has passed, however, the teleconference is open to the public. The access number is 1-888-604-9368, and the passcode is 8521818.

The tentative meeting agenda will include:

  • Presentation of OSHA’s proposed extension to the enforcement date of Cranes and Derricks in Construction standards, (29 CFR part 1926, subpart CC).
  • ACCSH’s recommendation regarding the proposed extension.
  • A public comment period (the deadline to request the chance address the meeting attendees has passed).

The ACCSH is an advisory group formed in congruence with what is commonly known as the “Construction Safety Act.” The purpose of the committee is to advise OSHA’s Assistant Secretary when it comes to establishing construction standards and policy of construction which involves federal bodies. Per 29 CFR 1912.3, ACCSH is made up of fifteen members, and meet for one to two days, two to six times per year:

  • Five members represent employers
  • Five members represent employees
  • Two members represent State Safety and Health bodies
  • Two members represent the public
  • One member is appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services

Current ACCSH employer committee members include representatives from Turner Construction Company, the Washington DC Chapter of the National Electrical Contractor Association, OTS Holdings, the Associated General Contractors of America, and AECOM. Employee committee members include delegates from the Institute Trust International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, North America’s Building Trades Unions, Electrical Training ALLIANCE, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, and The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers. State Safety and Health committee members come from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet Department of Workplace Standards, and the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Public ACCSH representatives are from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Safety Council of Texas City. The Federally appointed ACCSH committee member is the Director of the Office of Construction Safety & Health.

In a statement submitted to request time to address the June 20 ACCSH meeting, National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), CEO Graham Brent, noted, “NCCCO understands that the extension to the enforcement date that OSHA seeks would allow time for the Proposed Rule that OSHA has reportedly completed—but that has not yet been published—to complete its journey through the regulatory review process and to be published in the Federal Register for public review and comment. This Proposed Rule, it is understood, would clarify the role of certification in employers’ efforts to ensure their employees are qualified, and remove the requirement that crane operators be certified by capacity as well as by type of crane.”

Michael Eggenberger Sr., Crane Safety Manager at Bay Ltd., and a past member of the ACCSH work group committee (1999 - 2002), also requested to address the meeting, citing he would like to revisit public comments submitted as far back as 1992, in regards to the Final Crane Rule.

The full published document from ACCSH is available via the Federal Register here.

General information on Cranes & Derricks in Construction from OSHA is available here.

Contact an ITI Training Solutions Advisor if you have any specific questions about the OSHA’s Final Crane Rule and how it can affect your organization by calling 800.727.6355 or via email at info@iti.com

Topics: OSHA CDAC Rule, OSHA Construction Crane Rule, Crane Operator Certification, ACCSH

Sparrows Group and ITI Announce a Strategic Partnership to Expand Crane and Rigging Training Solutions

Posted by Industrial Training International on Jun 15, 2017 8:22:49 AM

Sparrows Group and ITI Announce a Strategic Partnership to Expand Crane and Rigging Training Solutions

ITI set to deliver first course in October 2017


Sparrows Group and Industrial Training International (ITI), the respective offshore and onshore crane and rigging training leaders, will collaborate to form a powerhouse of associated industry training solutions for clients. Sparrows_Logo_2011.jpg

Customers with operations in the Gulf of Mexico will gain additional benefits as both parties have agreed to partner at Sparrows' training center in Houma, Louisiana. The facility located at 298 Thompson Road, is a key offshore hub and is less than sixty miles from New Orleans, eighty-five miles south of Baton Rouge and one hundred miles from Lafayette to the west. Gulf with ITI Training Centers.jpg

The New Orleans Training Center will be the eighth North American training center for ITI, along with locations in:

“The partnership with Sparrows is huge for ITI customers in Louisiana, the Gulf and those involved with offshore operations around the globe. We are excited to work with Sparrows, whose offshore prowess speaks for itself, and our collaboration has already made an impact for key customers by coming together on a few projects involving training, field services and ITI VR simulators,” said Justin Meade, Training Centers Manager, ITI.

Having worked in the offshore industry since 1975, Sparrows Group has unrivaled experience in offshore lifting operations, competence assessment, and training. Their goal is to help build a strong safety culture in the workforce, reducing the frequency and severity of incidents which could cause harm to people or property. Training programs are accredited to ISO:9001, OPITO and NFPC in the UK, and API RP2D in the United States. 

The strategic fit between the two training leaders will benefit the entire industry according to Sparrows Training Manager, Sheila Deroche, "Sparrows is excited about working with ITI. Similar visions and values make the collaboration a great fit. The 'One stop shop' approach for offshore and onshore lifting and hoisting training will benefit both Sparrows and ITI customers. Our goal is to help create a competent and safe work force."

Susan Fraser, Global Head of Training & Competence adds, "Our partnership with ITI is a great opportunity for both companies to increase training foothold in the United States. Successful collaboration will, I'm sure, lead to further opportunities for us to work together on global projects."

Starting in October 2017, ITI will host select courses at the New Orleans Training Center including:

In addition to Sparrows' courses:

For a full listing of course dates at all ITI Training Center locations, visit www.iti.com/calendar.

About ITI

Founded in 1986, ITI is a privately held company headquartered in Woodland, WA. The company specializes in crane, rigging, lift planning, rigging engineering, and Virtual Reality (VR) Simulation training and technical services through multiple facets of delivery. ITI currently serves thousands of customers across the globe. For more information about ITI, visit www.iti.com.

About Sparrows

The Sparrows Group is a global provider of specialist equipment and integrated engineering services to the energy and industrial industries. The firm supports customers by delivering a broad range of expert solutions that optimize efficiency and ensure the performance, reliability and safety of critical equipment and people. For more information about Sparrows, visit www.sparrowsgroup.com

Topics: ITI Training Center, Sparrows Group, Houma, LA

Tower Crane Count: Washington State Tops the List with Certification Deadlines Looming

Posted by Kim McPhee on Jun 7, 2017 12:25:12 PM

Tower Crane Count: Washington State Tops the List with Certification Deadlines Looming

Seattle will very, very likely NOT be topping the charts as the United States' most populated city any time soon, (it currently checks in at 20 per WorldAtlas). However, Seattle DOES take the number one spot in another all important category. The massive increase in demand for condos and apartments in the city is the main force in leading Seattle to its new title: Tower Crane Capital of America. With 62 cranes towering over the city (as of year end 2016), Seattle tops the list ahead of Chicago, with 56 (Rosenberg, 2017). 

The Crane Index Report, conducted by construction consultants Rider, Levett, and Bucknall, showed a 43% increase in crane count in Seattle between February 2015 and February 2016 with the main growth factor being more than 9,000 residential units added over three years and no peak expected in the near future (RLB, 2016). Similarly, the January 2017 report showed optimism expressing that as soon as cranes are disassembled, they are again erected at another site with a waiting list on construction projects. The latest report shows that increased pressure for housing and the influx of high-tech industry businesses has kept the tower cranes busier than ever (RLB, 2017).Tower Cranes.jpg

Washington State doesn't just house the Tower Crane Capital of the United States; it also ranks highly in the industry for other reasons. In the crane and rigging industry, Washington makes several more of the "top" lists released in 2016, by The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS). Washington is the 5th highest paying state in the country for mobile and tower crane operators. Working with these crane operators are some talented and skilled riggers who act as the eyes and ears of many a tower crane operator. It makes sense then that the BLS ranks Washington as the 5th highest paying state for Riggers as well. The State also makes the top 5 lists for states with the highest concentration of jobs and local quotient for Riggers (BLS, 2017).

With an optimistic construction forecast for both Seattle and Portland and a shortage of operators, Industrial Training International (iti.com) is poised to assist riggers, lift planners, and operators to improve their skills and gain the required* certification needed as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) deadline for construction crane and derrick operator certification nears. Third-party certification is a “portable” option in which the “employer who employs an operator may rely on that operator’s certification as evidence of compliance with the crane standards operator certification requirement. This certification option also is the only one that is available to all employers” (OSHA, 2014).

*More information on the November 2017 OSHA ruling is available here.

Courses both at ITI Training Centers and at Customer Locations provide maximum flexibility when it comes to training options, that will comply with OSHA’s Final Rule on Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Certification.

NCCCO Moble Crane Operator Certification Prep Courses from ITI are available via the following methods:

For additional information or questions, please contact info@iti.com or call 800.727.6355. 


Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). (2014, September 26). Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Certification. Retrieved May 25, 2017, from http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=FEDERAL_REGISTER&p_id=24749

Rider, Levett, Bucknall. (2016 February, 22). Residential Sector Continues to Dominate North American Construction Market, Reports RLB’s Latest Crane Index. Retrieved May 25, 2017, from http://rlb.com/en/news/2016-02-22-residential-sector-continues-to-dominate-north-american-construction-market-reports-rlb%E2%80%99s-latest-crane-index%C2%AE/

Rider, Levett, Bucknall. (2017 January). RLB Crane Index North America January 2017. Retrieved May 25, 2017, from http://assets.rlb.com/production/2017/02/01000131/2017-01-Crane-Index.pdf

Rosenberg, M. (2017 January 23). Seattle is again crane capital of America, but lead is shrinking. The Seattle Times. Retrieved May 25, 2017, from http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/seattle-is-again-crane-capital-of-america-but-lead-is-shrinking/

 United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor and Statistics. (2017, March 31). Occupational Employment Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016 49-9096 Riggers. Retrieved May 25, 2017, from https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes499096.htm

United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor and Statistics. (2017, March 31). Occupational Employment Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016 53-7021 Crane and

Topics: OSHA Construction Crane Rule, NCCCO Certification, Tower Crane Capital

World Class Crane & Rigging Training in Woodland, Washington

Posted by Jennifer Boon on May 30, 2017 10:49:35 AM

World Class Crane & Rigging Training in Woodland, Washington

Having grown up in this small farming town in the Pacific Northwest, I often take for granted all the natural beauty that is just outside my doorstep. Located on the I-5 Corridor, Woodland sits between Seattle, WA and Portland, OR. As the location of ITI’s Corporate Headquarters and the company's longest tenured training center - this little town draws students from all over the World for crane and rigging training. That's right, students travel from other countries to Woodland. It's kind of amazing when put in that perspective!

SeattleToPDX.jpgAs the training center coordinator in Woodland, one of the most frequent questions I get from students who visit ITI is some variation of, “What is there to do in this town?” Well - the answer depends on the person asking, because there are countless possibilities! This little pocket of the Northwest is perfectly situated; an hour or two in any direction can lead you to the mountains, the ocean, the beach, the big city, or the famous Columbia River Gorge!

Located 30 minutes south of Woodland on I-5, students who enjoy the city scene can travel to Portland, OR for numerous activities. Portland boasts some of the best Microbreweries in the Northwest, and the world. Sport fans can appreciate the short trip down the freeway that leads to an NBA team (the Trailblazers), an MLS team (the Timbers), and an NWSL (the Thorns). For all the "foodies" out there, Portland is a great place to explore. From the world famous food carts, to the notorious Voodoo Donuts, there is something in Portland for every palate. 

For the outdoor types, Woodland has something for you in spades. Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood are within hours to the Northeast and Southeast respectively, and offer lots of hiking, fishing, and general sightseeing. The Ape Caves and Lava Canyon are two especially interesting sites created by Mt. St. Helens eruption in 1980. Recently the Woodland Training Center hosted a group of students who had never seen snow (they were from Hawaii), and it was fun to hear that they could enjoy some time getting to ski and snowboard on Mt Hood. For those who enjoy the ocean (or maybe have never seen it), Woodland is close enough for a day trip to Long Beach on the Washington coast or Seaside on the Oregon coast. 

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Mt. St. Helens in the summer. The mountain and its numerous activities is less than an hour from the ITI Woodland Training Center. 


So much of the natural beauty and many of the activities that are so common to us Northwest natives may be things that students visiting us have never experienced. To see students enjoy their FULL ITI experience then return home with improved crane, rigging, and load handling skills from and knowledge from training, and also some make some lasting memories from this little town and the region is an added cherry on top!

View upcoming courses at the Woodland Training Center here. If you have questions feel free to send them to registrations@iti.com, or call 800.727.6355. 


Topics: rigging training, crane training, Woodland Training Center

United Rentals and ITI Customers to Benefit from United Academy Partnership

Posted by Industrial Training International on May 1, 2017 8:15:00 AM

United Rentals and ITI Customers to Benefit from United Academy Partnership

United Rentals, Inc., the largest equipment rental company in the world, and Industrial Training International, a leader in innovative safety training solutions, have announced a reciprocal agreement under which customers of the two companies will have access to a world-class curriculum of shared training resources through United Academy® (http://www.unitedacademy.ur.com).United-Academy-Newlogo.png

Under the new partnership, ITI’s crane, rigging, rigging engineering and lift planning courses are now available to United Rentals customers in e-learning and instructor-led formats; similarly, ITI customers are able to utilize United Academy’s vast online course library and network of over 950 North American locations for classroom and blended learning training.

In addition to its new Cranes and Rigging training category, United Academy offers e-learning and instructor-led training options for the following categories, with select courses also available in French Canadian and Spanish:

  • Confined Space
  • Equipment Operations
  • Trench and Excavation
  • Fall Protection
  • Road Safety and Regulated Driving
  • Electrical Safety
  • Jobsite Safety
  • OSHA

United Rentals has established safety as a core value and is at the forefront of promoting job site safety and compliance across all equipment rental applications. In addition to its online curriculum, United Academy’s classroom and blended learning options can be completed at customer locations or at United Rentals branch locations throughout the United States and Canada.

“We are just ecstatic about the opportunity to offer ITI crane, rigging and lift planning courses via United Rentals, a true industry leader in safety. Our specialized ITI curriculum has been developed, refined and improved for the last 30 years by ITI subject-matter experts who are industry leaders in their own right. The ITI course offerings are a great fit with United Academy’s existing training library and impressive infrastructure for learning delivery,” commented Zack Parnell, president and chief executive officer of ITI.

Founded in 1986 by Mike and Darlene Parnell, ITI exists “to serve and learn, every day.” Over more than 30 years, this simple mission has driven ITI to the position it holds today: a world leader in training and technical services regarding cranes, rigging, lift planning, rigging engineering, and most recently virtual reality (VR) simulations. ITI offers over 30 courses through its full-time, highly experienced technical training team. Instructor-led training courses are delivered at customer locations and seven ITI Training Centers in the United States and Canada, as well as through a robust online course catalog.

For more information about ITI courses offered through United Academy, visit www.iti.com/solutions or call 800.727.6355 to speak with a Training Solutions Advisor.

About United Rentals and United Academy

United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) is the largest equipment rental company in the world, primarily serving construction and industrial customers with approximately 13,600 employees and 950 locations. The company’s United Academy® online training center, launched in 2014, has become the equipment industry’s most comprehensive platform for safety and operator training. United Academy utilizes a blended learning approach that integrates online theory and examination with a live practical evaluation conducted by a certified evaluator. Additionally, United Academy allows for easy verification of training taken through the Academy and other sources using a unique wallet card and mobile app. More information is available at www.unitedrentals.com and www.unitedacademy.ur.com/.

About ITI

ITI is a privately held company headquartered in Woodland, WA. The company specializes in cranes, rigging, lift planning, rigging engineering, and VR Simulation training and technical services through multiple facets of delivery. Visit www.iti.com for more information.

Topics: e-learning, crane and rigging training, United Rentals, United Academy

CONEXPO 2017 - Team ITI [Photo Diary]

Posted by Industrial Training International on Mar 16, 2017 8:06:54 AM

CONEXPO 2017 - Team ITI [Photo Diary]

5 Days, over 2,500 exhibitors, 100,000 attendees, and over 2,500,000 square feet of show space. CONEXPO 2017 is officially in the books! Before you start to prepare for the 2020 industry staple, here is a quick look back at the mammoth event from the perspective of the ITI Team. 

CONEXPO 2017 | Las Vegas, Nevada | March 7-11, 2017

CONEXPO Gold Lot Overhead.jpgThe view from over the Gold Lot and Gold Hall at CONEXPO 2017. The Gold Lot featured the majority of the cranes and heavy equipment present at the event. In addition to these two exhibition spaces, the show featured seven more "halls" and three more "lots" to host the 2,500+ exhibitors from all over the globe.

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There will be cranes - Ground-level view from the NCCCO exhibit space near the entrance of the Gold Lot. Its safe to say that there were some booms in the air.

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The calm before the storm - Exhibitors in the Gold Lot prep for the 100,000+ attendees just before the show opens. 

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Its always more fun with friends, Part I - Caleb Steinborn from ITI and Andrew Czarnietzki from Serious Labs prep the Motion Base VR Mobile Crane Simulator Unit that was available for demo at the Tadano exhibit. This particular Motion Base hardware unit was manufactured with an actual Tadano crane seat and the actual control levers from a crane that was taken out of service. 

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Its always more fun with friends, Part II - The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators' (NCCCO) exhibit space housed an ITI VR Mobile Crane Simulator Desktop Hardware Unit for the full length of the event. This portable unit secures with ease to any table, further lowering the existing barriers to simulator training.

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1 booth, 3 VR simulator options - Members of the ITI team run through final tests before the opening of the show. The ITI exhibition featured two VR Mobile Crane Simulators including a desktop hardware unit and a motion-base hardware unit. Additionally, the VR Aerial Work Platform (AWP) Simulator offered a valuable demonstration of a solution to help bridge the gap between theory and competency for trainees. 

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The real fun begins! - Crowds begin to gather as operators and non-operators alike experience ITI VR for the first time. 

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The VR buzz - All week long CONEXPO attendees waited for their chance at the ITI VR experience. Although, maybe it was the matching t-shirts that drew everyone in? We may never know the truth...

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Iron Planet - Oh yeah there were a few cranes on site...

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Top shelf entertainment - The Las Vegas street performers really took it up a notch for CONEXPO this year.


"I felt like I was 50 feet in the air!" - A common response from CONEXPO attendees who tried out the ITI VR Aerial Work Platform (AWP) Simulator. The motion base hardware unit is completely immersive and provides the most realistic AWP simulator training available. The all inclusive hardware and software package is available now and retails for $89,950.

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To be continued in 2020?!

You can view the full ITI CONEXPO Gallery on the ITI Facebook Page here.

Highlights from the event website are available here.

For more information about ITI VR and the VR Mobile Crane Simulator visit www.iti.com/vremail vr@iti.com or call 800.727.6355 to speak with an ITI VR Product Manager.

Topics: crane and rigging training, ConExpo, ITI VR

Lift & Move USA - Tampa, Florida [Photo Diary]

Posted by Industrial Training International on Feb 27, 2017 4:25:41 PM

Lift & Move USA - Tampa, Florida [Photo Diary]


There is a skills and labor gap in the United States. As a generation prepares to retire from the trades and craft work, a new generation must fill their shoes. The crane, rigging, and specialized transport industries are no exception, as companies are looking for mechanics, inspectors, riggers, equipment operators and countless other integral roles in the industry. Lift & Move USA is targeted at young people considering their future careers, including students in high school and those attending community and technical colleges. 

ITI participated in the February 14th Lift & Move Event at ALL Crane in Tampa. If you weren't in attendance along with the 400+ high school and technical school students, here is the next best thing!

Photo Diary: Lift & Move USA | All Crane - Tampa | February 14, 2017

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"Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise."

- Ben Franklin

This guy might be on to something...

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The entrance to where all the magic happened - Founded by the Liptak brothers in 1954, as ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp, the ALL Family of Companies now is made up of more than 35 locations in the United States and Canada. With sales and rental solutions for every project imaginable, the ALL Family of Companies prides itself on being a leader in the crane industry.

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The All Crane - Tampa Yard - Prepping for the day's events. The majority of the stations and speaking sessions took place in the red building to the right. The crane in the foreground will later be used for a demonstration lift performed by the ALL Crane team for all the attendees. 

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The calm before the storm - Sponsors and vendors take a deep breath, and grab a quick break before the 400+ students arrive. ITI contributed to the event by giving the students a chance to "run" a 100 Ton Tadano All-Terrain Crane on the ITI Virtual Reality (VR) Mobile Crane Simulator. The ITI station was conveniently located next to the Mazzella Companies. The ITI Cleveland, OH Training Center is located at Mazzella's Headquarters in Cleveland. 

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Lift & Move USA Executive Director, Brett Melvin, addresses the attendees as the event kicks off. Lift & Move USA is the result of Mr. Melvin's foresight and vision to create a pipeline to aid in the turnover of an aging workforce in the crane, rigging, and specialized transport industries. 

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The ALL Crane Tampa Team performs a demonstration lift for the Lift & Move USA attendees. The load is a 40 Ton trailer platform. The ALL Crane Team demonstrated a number of different functions and responsibilities necessary to complete a lift including - Crane Operator, Riggers, Signal Person, and Tagline Users. The lift was performed exactly as planned with zero complications. 

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Lift & Move attendees take their shot at different crane operator scenarios on the ITI VR Mobile Crane Simulator. Attendees had the opportunity to experience VR Simulation as well as a legacy crane simulator option at the event. 

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The first time in recorded history that male teenagers have foregone free food (photo was taken during lunchtime), in order to take part in a learning activity. [Unconfirmed, researchers are trying to verify]

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The day comes to a close as the buses are loaded up, and the sponsors begin to pack up their stations. Another successful Lift & Move USA is in the books!


There are three more Lift & Move Events scheduled for the remainder of 2017 - 

  • May 3 | Chicago, IL | Hosted by Lifting Gear Hire
  • September 14 | Ft. Wayne, IN | Hosted by Buchanan Hauling
  • November 15 | Baton Rouge, LA | Hosted by Berard Transportation & Deep South Crane

For more information about Lift & Move USA visit www.liftandmoveusa.com or email brett.melvin@liftandmoveUSA.com if you are interested in sponsoring an upcoming event.

For more information about ITI VR and the VR Mobile Crane Simulator visit www.iti.com/vremail vr@iti.com or call 800.727.6355 to speak with an ITI VR Product Manager.


Topics: ITI VR, ALL Crane, Lift & Move USA

ITI Partners with Capital Safety Fall Protection

Posted by Industrial Training International on Jan 27, 2017 3:35:19 PM

ITI Partners with Capital Safety Fall Protection

Capital Safety (www.capitalsafety.com) and Industrial Training International (www.iti.com) have announced a partnership beginning in 2017, where ITI will host select Capital Safety Fall Protection courses at the ITI Training Center in Woodland, Washington. Additionally, the entire ITI Technical Team went through a "train-the-trainer" program in September of 2016, and is now approved to deliver Authorized Person and Equipment Inspector fall protection training for crane and rigging professionals, and other industrial employees working at heights. 

The fall protection courses will utilize the two-story Bull Rigging Structure that currently resides inside the hands-on skills building area of the Training Center. The Bull Rigging Structure is typically utilized in rigging application training courses to give workers practical, hands-on experience moving loads with chain hoists, in tight, hard to maneuver conditions, much like the environment inside a plant or factory. ITI maintains another two-story Bull Rigging Structure at the Houston, Texas Training Center, with one-story structures in Memphis, Tennessee and Edmonton, Alberta.


Capital Safety, a 3M Company, is an industry-leader in Fall Protection products and solutions, including harnesses, lanyards, self-retracting lifelines and engineered systems. They employ a fully staffed training group that executes open enrollment courses, specialty training programs, and on-site training at customer locations all across North America. 

Industrial Training International is a world leader in training and technical services regarding cranes, rigging, lift planning, and rigging engineering.  ITI offers 30+ courses through its specialized instructor-led team at its hands-on training centers as well as at customer locations.  Additionally, its e-learning services include on-demand courses and VR crane and rigging simulation.


Capital Safety courses currently scheduled for 2017 at ITI’s Woodland, WA location include: 


About Capital Safety


Capital Safety is a manufacturer of fall protection, confined space, and rescue equipment for oil and gas, construction, utilities, wind energy, transportation, telecommunication, mining, and general industries. They are headquartered in suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota, with primary manufacturing and training facilities in Red Wing, Minnesota. Capital Safety operates manufacturing, distribution and training facilities worldwide, and has more than 20,000 sku’s and holds more than 400 active patents.

About ITI


ITI is a privately held company with headquarters in Woodland, WA. The company specializes in cranes, rigging, lift planning and rigging engineering training and technical services through all facets of delivery.

For more information, visit iti.com/solutions, or call 8000.727.6355 to speak with a Training Solutions Adviser today.

Topics: fall protection, 3M, Capital Safety

Bechtel to Host ITI Customer Advisory Open-House Focusing on Crane & Rigging Technology & Innovation

Posted by Industrial Training International on Jan 13, 2017 7:18:07 AM

Bechtel to Host ITI Customer Advisory Open-House Focusing on Crane & Rigging Technology & Innovation

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Industrial Training International (iti.comwill be hosting customers at Bechtel's Oil, Gas & Chemicals Offices in Houston, Texas on Friday, February 10th, 2017, from 8AM to 5PM for an open-house featuring an incredible lineup of innovative solutions regarding cranes, rigging, industrial training and safety.

There is very limited space at the event which will allow participants to demo four innovative products in 15-minute intervals. To request a demonstration time slot visit www.iti.com/innovation, space and availability is very limited.

Bechtel subject-matter experts have participated in the Technical Advisory Group for ITI's development of its virtual reality mobile crane simulator project along with several other organizations (www.iti.com/vr) given its strong culture of innovation and desire to leverage technology to enhance its operations. 

A preview of the four stations that will be available for demonstration are as follows:

VR Mobile Crane Simulator

  • ITI's virtual reality mobile crane simulator developed in partnership with Serious Labs contains over 400 scenarios and multiple crane types used to screen potential operators, train apprentices, and provide continuous training and qualification of existing employees or contractors.

VR Aerial Work Platform Simulator

  • Virtual reality aerial work platform simulator developed by ITI's partners, Serious Labs and United Rentals, is the most state-of-the-art and safe way to train and qualify new AWP operators.

OJT Simulations

  • On-the-job training simulations from ITI's partners, TPC Training Solutions and Serious Labs, help automate and standardize industrial skills assessments.


  • Interactive and immersive instructor-led training powered through virtual reality from ITI's partner, Serious Labs, for instructor and student interaction that surpasses timezones and allows a live virtual audience of thousands.

ITI has hosted similar customer advisory events in the past in New York, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, and Houston. In July 2016, ITI with host Mammoet USA, filled the conference room at Mammoet's Rosharon, Texas US-headquarters for a similar event with over 30 participants. The company aims to hear and understand customer feedback which in turn drives its decision-making and service offerings.

To learn more about this event and other ITI services please contact Jonah Hobson, Director of Customer Success, at jonah@iti.com.

To learn more about ITI's capabilities in the Houston Area, please contact Justin Meade, General Manager of ITI Houston, at justin@iti.com

Topics: ITI VR, VR Mobile Crane Simulator, OneRoom, VR AWP Simulator