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NEWS IN OUR INDUSTRY
         cal  infrastructure  and  the  response  to
         COVID-19. I urge the administration to
         identify the steel manufacturing sector
         and its workers as essential when draft-
         ing and enforcing shelter-in-place or-
         ders and other directives,” Gibson said,
         noting  that  the  Cyber  and  Infrastruc-
         ture Security Agency at the Department
         of Homeland Security already lists the
         iron, steel and ferro-alloy sector as a
         critical manufacturing sector.
           Gibson also noted that AISI member
         companies are complying with federal,
         state, local and community directives
         during  the pandemic and are “taking
         all necessary precautions to protect the
         health of employees, customers, con-
         tractors and the community.”
           Reprinted  from the  American  Iron  and
         Steel Institute, www.steel.org.
         Lift-It Manufacturing
         Co., Inc., Develops Sling
         Protection Program
           Sling  protection  is  a critical  consid-
         eration for all load handling activities
         whenever  sling damage  may occur.
         While some sling types are more robust
         than  others,  “cut  proof”  slings  and/or
         sling protection does not exist.
           Lift-It  Manufacturing Co., Inc., Po-
         mona, CA has completed a 3-year proj-
         ect dedicated to testing and developing
         a “sling protection program” that when
         used properly will protect slings from
         cutting and abrasion damage.
           Sling users, industry experts, safety
         and training  professionals  provided
         input which  was used by a Human
         Factors  Expert  to  develop  five  differ-
         ent sling protection user manuals. The
         six-page, sling protection user manuals
         contain warnings and guidance for the
         proper use and inspection of sling pro-
         tection. Available in English and Span-








                                            ish versions, the sling protection user   handling  activities  and  is  a  token  of
                                            manuals also are the basis for the Lift-  our appreciation to an industry that for
                                            It sling protection training program.  many years has provided  a livelihood
                                              Michael J. Gelskey, Sr., Lift-It Own-  for our Lift-It families”.
                                            er/CEO stated, “We have been passion-  Lift-it Manufacturing is a recognized
                                            ate about promoting sling protection for   leader in the sling and rigging industry
                                            41 years. The copyrighted Lift-It sling   and for 41 years has provided the fin-
                                            protection user manuals will be donat-  est rigging products available. Lift-It
                                            ed to the Web Sling and Tie Down As-  safety professionals provide training at
                                            sociation (WSTDA) and hopefully will   the Lift-It Learning Center in Pomona,
                                            become the genesis for a sling protec-  CA and also bring dynamic training
                                            tion safety standard. Our gift is made   programs to your location.
         Lift-It Manufacturing Co., Inc., Develops Sling   with the sole expectation of assisting   Additional information on sling pro-
         Protection Program                 conscientious riggers in successful load           continued on next page

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