A team of world-class instructors and about 70 participants from all over the United States, Canada and Mexico converged on Midland, Texas, for the launch of the Hoist & Truss and Rigging & Truss workshops.


The Hoist & Truss workshop featured the disassembly and reassembly of a 1 US ton Lodestar, as well as a Prostar, with Dave Carmack of Columbus McKinnon.

Dave Sowa, meanwhile, of Tomcat USA, led a discussion on control systems and also coached an advanced troubleshooting session. Dana Bartholomew of Fisher Technical Services, Inc. gave instruction and demonstrations on automation.


Rocky Paulson, retired president of Stage Rigging Inc., taught safe rigging practices and principles, while Morgan Neff of Mine Safety Appliances gave instruction on fall protection practices and equipment.

Both workshops included a full day of truss instruction with Tomcat USA’s Will Todd. The class included beginning and advanced concepts in truss usage, including grid design, applying loads, ground support system considerations, structural design concepts and inspection techniques.


Additional sessions are available from June 4-7 2008. Online Registration is open now at www.tomcatworkshops.com.