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Samsel Supply Hosts Spring Rigging, Lifting Training Event

Mon April 24, 2017 - Midwest Edition #9
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Jason Birdwell of Crosby discusses rigging standards during the Spring Rigging and Lifting Training Session.
Jason Birdwell of Crosby discusses rigging standards during the Spring Rigging and Lifting Training Session.
Jason Birdwell of Crosby discusses rigging standards during the Spring Rigging and Lifting Training Session. The third floor of Samsel Supply Company served as the classroom for the training session. (L-R): Chris Samsel, construction sales manager; Kathy Petrick, president; and Mike Samsel, vice president; continue to run the business started by their father, Frank Samsel. (L-R): Jim Canfield of Chicago, Ill.; Bob Graham of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Paul DeMattie of Wallingford, Conn., all of Crosby, came in to lend their rigging expertise and to cook up the company’s traditional after training feast, their famous Cajun Shrimp Boil. Nanci Scheutzow, a longtime employee of Samsel, greets attendees.

Samsel Supply Company held its Spring Rigging and Lifting Training Session at the company's facility in Cleveland on March 22. The event attracted approximately 150 attendees from Ohio, West Virginia and Indiana.

Geared toward the construction, maritime, railroad and aviation industries, those in attendance included construction company safety directors, OSHA representatives, ODNR officials and others involved with lifting and transporting a wide range of materials.

Representatives of Crosby, a manufacturer of rigging, lifting and material handling equipment, presented the training session. The company has extensive experience and expertise in conducting such courses, offering three, two-day ASME / OSHA Rigging Trainer Development courses for individuals working in manufacturing facilities, construction sites, utilities and other industries where compliance with OSHA regulations is required. The company also offers similar training courses in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The two-day courses in the United States provide attendees with continuing education credits.

Samsel Supply Company's Rigging and Lifting Training Session featured a baseball spring training theme, and a certificate of attendance was provided to those at the event. The four-hour class covered risk management; estimating rigging load, weights and rigging configurations; and application and inspection of hardware and slings. While Samsel Supply Company's informative Spring Rigging and Lifting Training Session focused on the very serious issues of rigging standards and employee safety, the event closed on a fun note with attendees welcomed to feast on Crosby's famous Cajun Shrimp Boil, the company's traditional after training treat.

Samsel Supply Company

Frank Samsel founded Samsel Supply Company in 1958. The company's initial product lines were wire rope, chain, blocks, load binders and manila rope. Today, the company is still a family owned business with second generation family members managing the operation. Over the years, the company has grown from a handful of employees to its current roster of 34 employees, and has maintained its focus on supplying the construction, industrial and marine industries with quality lifting, rigging, maintenance and safety needs throughout the great lakes region. The company also offers inspection and certification of lifting slings and, for marine industry customers, life raft inspection and certification. Samsel Supply Company also is one of the largest stocking distributors of Crosby products in Ohio.

Chris Samsel, who heads up construction sales, said that by providing an extensive range of products along with customized fabrication services, the company has filled a unique niche in the marketplace.

According to Kathy Petrick, president of Samsel Supply Company, the best way to keep customers is to provide outstanding products and service and to keep them safe. She said the company has been hosting training sessions since the early 1980s with the goal of preventing accidents. The courses are designed to inform the company's customers about the latest equipment developments to keep them up to date on changing regulations.—CEG

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