A Huge Success!

John Raulerson

John Raulerson

Let me give thanks to the people that took the time out of their busy schedules to attend the open house at Consolidated Rigging a few weeks back. This has been the first Open house that we have had in several years. There was an electric attitude and excitement surrounding the 2013 Ergonomic Lifting expose. We at Consolidated were pumped and excited about the new manufacturer lines and services that we now offer we had to spread the good news.
Many of you know Consolidated Rigging for excellence in heavy marine applications, heavy lift sling manufacturing and of course the service and testing that we have been honored to serve the State of Florida and beyond for well over 45 years. We take pride in our partnerships and our phenomenal clients. With out you our clients we would merely be an average rigging shop. Over the years you have challenged us and we have learned from you.
We had a great turn out but we understand many of you could not make the trip or fit it into your schedule but that is ok. We know if you could have made it you would have.
We did however have a full day of show and tell and a reintroduction into our revamped product and service offer. The monumental improvements have been the addition of the fall protection solutions that we now offer. Being out in the field and in front of people who require and use fall protection, we know the basics are readily available. Consolidated Rigging over the years have always carried a limited selection of fall protection for the casual last minute rigging customer that may have realized they needed a harness. The industry has made major changes in fall protection requirements as most of you know. If you don’t know you will as soon as your friendly neighborhood OSHA inspector moseys onto your jobsite. The general industry rules have rapidly changed and the efforts of enforcement have ramped up considerably. For this reason Consolidated Rigging has made a conscience effort to upgrade our solution offers. Anyone can offer a harness and lanyard out of a catalog. There are catalog offers from companies that sell gas and body bags. Not making the connection. But I think that speaks to the value placed upon fall protection in the industry. For many the attitude is an aggravating necessity that the “safety director” is making them wear and they don’t want to be bothered by the “stupid” harness anyway. I heard some say, “It makes me lose my balance” or “its just one more thing the Guvament is trying to control us with.”
Well that is all well and good but the reality is that we are in a place where the mandate is in place to protect workers from dying on jobsites. It may be over-reaching to some but the facts are the facts. We have taken the necessary steps to offer our clients real life solutions to real life hazards. If you need training, we constructed a 15 foot tower where Jim can train on the proper “donning” and fit check of the harness. Improper use and fitting of a fall protection harness can be just as dangerous as not wearing one at all. If you need confined space training we have you covered as well. Mounted on top of the tower is a confined space retrieval winch to assist necessary personnel on how to respond in an emergency if a worker is trapped in a confined space. Do you have a site-specific rescue plan in place? Well if not one is required for all jobsites and dialing 911 is no longer an acceptable rescue plan. The rescue units are quite possibly equipped to do a mid air rescue. Take a minute to watch the video below just click below

Watch Video

Pretty sobering video! If you are looking for real solutions to real work place problems just give us a call and get a free site survey. Jim can help you with a site-specific rescue plan, fit check workers and advise on a proper fall protection plan to keep workers safe and secure.

We really enjoyed seeing all those of you who were able to attend the open house and see all of our new offers and toys. If you have not been by in awhile or ever at all stop on in any time and we can show you the training facility and demonstrate the other cool lifting solutions.
Hope to see you soon

John E. Raulerson


Police your Brass

John Raulerson

Police your Brass
It seems that everyone and their mother is going for weapons training these days. There seems to be an air of hysteria surrounding new laws that are being enacted from the leaders of our country, mainly in response to the recent widespread violence. It seems everywhere I turn someone is talking about his or her spouse, their sister, or even their kid going to class to get a concealed weapons permit. I even hear that ammunition is hard to come by and that gun sales are through the roof. People are stocking up and taking aim at the thought of whatever they may fear and getting some training. The training offered in these classes is extremely helpful, the folks learn where the safety is located on the weapon, get a cute little carry case, maybe get the gun monogramed with matching and sequenced handles with a nice shiny finish. The students learn to take aim at a little paper target about 20 yards away, maybe hit it a few times, and re-holster in the new side arm case. After the first few hours they take a break for lunch go load up on carbs and get hopped up on red bulls and come back for round two and really lay the lead to the paper.
After the day of training is up the new “young guns” wait to get their permit to carry the thing while they now have a new toy to parade for their friends and show the power off a bit. Showing off the new power toy is fun and gives the new owner a regained sense of power and comfort. If a person is getting a weapons permit as a result of a violent crime a sense of relief is realized when they go in public. I must say that my first response to this new trend was not a feeling of comfort personally. In my travels and duties for Consolidated Rigging I find myself out in public and on the roads. I now am extremely cautious not to cut anyone off in traffic, stay in the slow lane (leaving plenty of time to get to appointments) and if someone wants to pass LET THEM! The reason why is for one I am much more relaxed and highly more effective when I am relaxed. Secondly, all these “NEW” gun owners and concealed weapons holders, with very minimal training, I certainly don’t want an inexperienced “newbie” emptying their fuzzy handle, pink, 9 mm magazine on me at the red light.
So what made me think of this you ask? One of my instructors who is very wise and much more seasoned than I told us a story in class. Of course I correlate this story into what is important in my world of Rigging, Lifting, and Fall Protection.
We were discussing in class a study performed by the trainers of the FBI back in the late 60’s early 70’s. One of his family members was an agent and had first hand information to these very interesting studies of human behavior and reactions under stress. The FBI historically is an organization that emphasizes and lives by the code of constant training and improvement. The drills they performed over and over on the range, in the field and in the classroom they became conditioned, so much so, their training became second nature and they learned to react without thought. The repetitive and rigorous nature of his or her training ingrained in each agent the reaction time of a skilled fighter; after all that was the point of the training. The trainers learned, over the years, that an agent would be highly successful and stay alive in dangerous situations, if they were so well trained and reacted with zero hesitation. Countless hours were spent on the shooting range to become expert marksmen. When the agents in training were on the range they had a very good habit of cleaning up their spent brass and keeping an accurate count of each round by the count of brass casings they picked up and put in their pockets. The agent then turned in the empty shells to the range manger to recycle or re-pack them for reuse. The amount of shells the agent checked was the required amount of empty casings they were to turn back in at the end of each session. This training became second nature and reflexive in nature. Each agent without even giving one second of thought instinctively “policed their brass” with the same ease in which they breathed or blinked their eyes. This was a great testament to the level of training each agent was receiving.
On a sunny day in South Florida a raid was going down and agents were dispatched and in place to take down a cell group that were extremely dangerous. The agents were, I’m sure, nervous and yet bravely went into the line of danger. Long story short the raid resulted in a gun battle and bullets were flying in the heat of the battle. The agents were victorious that day. I am not sure if there were injuries or deaths, however, a great lesson came about that day. When the backup team came to claim the scene a startling revelation became apparent to the examiners. They noticed that there were loads of shell casings from the bad guy’s guns but none matching the ammunition of the agents. Curious they inquired of each agent as to why they did not find any of their shell casings when their weapons were clearly empty. What the investigators found that day is that each agent had a pocket full of brass shell casings in their pockets. The agents did not even realize they had pockets full of brass until the investigators pointed out this fact. Upon further study the trainers concluded that the training the agents were receiving was actually too effective in this case. While in the heat of battle the agents were so accustomed to “policing” their own brass over the years of training that they actually picked up the brass casings in the midst of battle, never even realizing what they were doing or calculating the extreme risk. They simply reacted to the training. At this point the trainers had to “re-train” the agents to worry first about the task at hand, like staying alive, and to forget about the brass. The trainers completely changed the process on the range by not requiring the agents to even pick up the spent brass or logging rounds in or anything else. The agents were only required to practice perfect, the task at hand, shooting straight and nothing else while on the range.

Not many people or organizations over train to this extent however, organizations and individuals often times train to their own understanding and current level of expertise never stretching to grow and get better but rather maintain the same level. In the very critical area of rigging and fall protection I find that people often go through the same procedures and routines when it comes to daily ascents to heights for work. The overload of information, the “busyness” of our schedules, and the complacency that is a result of over-familiarization, mundane and/or routine training. Maybe we find ourselves in a place where we don’t allow ourselves to learn new techniques.
Possibly, you or someone in your organization has had so much extensive training or on the job training and have become so set in their ways that they are not open to new ideas or procedures. The point is, that training in rigging and fall protection on jobsites and work places is not only a requirement but also it’s a good idea. If you’re required to work at heights or work with heavy lifting equipment take it upon yourself to be prepared and trained. Your employer may be responsible for providing the gear however at the end of the day individuals must insure our own safe return home.
Don’t get stuck in a redundant rut like those agents. Be proactive ask questions and most importantly BE SAFE! If you need assistance with your site-specific rescue plan or job-specific lift plan the easiest call you can make is to Consolidated Rigging. Your call will be directed to an experienced professional who will gladly assist you in your fall protection or rigging training plan or answer any question you may have.

John Raulerson

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)


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American Bureau of Shipping has been promoting maritime safety since its inception in 1862. ” At ABS, setting standards of excellence in marine and offshore classification is not a mere motto…it is the way we conduct business” http://www.eagle.org. Setting Standards of Excellence: ” The responsiblity of the classification society is to verify that marine vessels and offshore structures comply with Rules that the society has established for design, construction and periodic survey.”
The classification process includes:

The development of standards, known as rules
Technical plan review and design analysis
Surveys during construction
Source inspection of materials, equipment and machinery
Acceptance by the Classification Committee
Subsequent periodic surveys for maintenance of class
Survey of damage, repairs, and modifications

The above material was quoted from the ABS with whom Consolidated Rigging and Marine works closely with when required by the sea-going vessels that we service. Since 1967, well after the inception of ABS, Consolidated Rigging and Marine Supply has been an important “cog in the wheel” for marine vessels taking port here on the East Coast of the United States. We have worked closely with ABS and other standards societies for rigging and lifting hardware. Our testing facility, which is capable of 700 Metric Tonnes, is the premeire site for ABS Surveys in the Southeast. Over the years Consolidated Rigging and Marine has become the “go to site” for ABS surveyors to inspect not only the rigging and lifting products that we produce, but any ship board rigging that needs certifications. Even our competitors must bring their rigging to our testing site, on occasion, as the capacity on many of the ship-board crane and rigging well exceeds the testing capacity of many small shops. The fact that we own 1000 metric tonnes of “certified and serialized load test weights, in the yard, helps as well. It is not bragging, it is just a fact, that the leadership here at Consolidated Rigging has been very wise in accumalating the massive inventory of weights over the years which have come in quite handy. We have kept US Navy vessels in compliance and underway with the test weights. We have aided in countless cargo vessels to continue on their voyage and able to safely offload their payload by keeping their vessels in compliance. A few weeks ago our long time inspector Richard Moody set up a rigging test so ABS could do their survey and inspect for compliance of a 35 Ton container spreader bar with rigging. With only a day’s notice Richard called in the crane and set the rigging on the test weights. With skill and precision Richard equally distributed the weight and got everything in place and waited for the ABS surveyor to witness the lift. See the photos below of a few scenes of this weight test.


Certified Rigging Inspector attaching the test weights

ABS Survey

ABS Survey of 35 Ton Spreader Bar Load Test







1 leg of 35 Ton spreader bar attachment







35 Ton Proof Load Test of Container Spreader Bar


35 Ton Proof Test Complete

As the photos show the test went extremely well and with no incidents. The ABS surveyor left the site extremely satisfied with the way in which Richard conducted and prepared the load test. In this business every minute counts and Richard uses every minute wisely and efficiently always respecting the client’s precious resources and valuable time. If you need a proof load test to insure the safety of your rigging gear you know who to call on the East Coast.

The Panama Canal Expansion & the Impact on Global Trade & Supply Chains

John Raulerson







Get ready for the “big ditch”, to the south to open in 2014. The much anticipated passageway connecting more than just two oceans but the entire planet. I am astounded that the very opening of this passage through the Country of Panama is setting every port on the Eastern Seaboard in motion to prepare for the “post” Panamanic ships able to carry more cargo than most small countries posses in total. These massive ships will carry twenty-two layers across the girth of the ship. Wow Asia is really confident of America’s and Europe’s consumption. Nevertheless, the Panama Canal is the future of cargo movement to America and the World, which brings many opportunities.
Recently, I attended the inaugural MODEX Show in Atlanta Georgia an event historically held in Cleveland Ohio but due to the changing dynamics of the opening of the Panama Canal unfolds, the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) sponsored event relocated to the strategically located Atlanta Georgia. Atlanta is the focal point of trade and commerce for the southeastern United States. Atlanta was an incredible location and a great city to spend time. The overwhelming theme of the entire show was the Panama Canal opening.
I had the pleasure to attend many informative seminars, however, by far the most beneficial meeting was on a Tuesday with the CEO of the Panama Canal Authority, Director Alberto Aleman Zubieta. Mr Zubieta is a dynamic man and speaker. Mr. Zubieta spoke from the heart and the cuff and is very well versed on the impact of the Panama Canal expansion project and the results the expansion will have on the United States and the World. Although very light-hearted, funny and entertaining Mr. Zubieta became extremely serious and focused in an instant when speaking of matters of importance such as infrastructure improvements of port facilities throughout the United States. The call to action for port widening and port upgrades left a resounding effect with every person in the room. The expansion of the Panama Canal is certain to change global freight movement and open up new opportunities, yet the question still remains as to how and when the changes will effect commerce. Additionally, Mr. Zubieta discussed in great detail the benefits to importers and exporters, alike, for increased and immediate improvements to America’s infrastructure. No question about it the Panama Canal expansion project is a “game changer” for supply chain operations.
Consolidated Rigging & Marine Supply has been proactive in positioning for this change for years. Strategically located near all of the major ports that accommodate these import and export markets. Consolidated Rigging & Marine Supply is headquartered just a few miles from Jacksonville Port Authority and even graciously sold our original properties to Jacksonville Port Authority when it was time for their expansion process over fifteen years ago. Our branch office in Savannah Georgia is within one mile of the Georgia Port Authority. With other branch locations in Coconut Creek Florida and Tampa Florida. Easily accessible and with all of the rigging and marine supply equipment in stock and available. Consolidated Rigging even has a representative sales staff in Panama. Just give us a call if you need service onsite in Panama as well we can make it happen.
“According to the MHIA, as much as twenty five percent of trade could shift from the West Coast once the expansion project is complete in Panama, as five new terminals in the Gulf and East Coast are currently scheduled to open, while only two are planned for the West Coast. The Panama Canal expansion, which will accommodate 12,000-TEU(twenty-foot Equialent Units) ships, is set to reshape global trade patterns.” ILH, Richard Howes. “The Panama Canal expansion also will enable companies to export products to markets that were previously prohibitively expensive and that could result in the need of additional barges and other forms of transportation equipment.
Material handling has a role to play at every turn of the supply chain. Not only will it handle product for transportation itself, but water and land-going vehicles will need building and maintaining. It truly could be an era of opportunity for users and suppliers alike.” ILH, Richard Howes
Of course, Consolidated Rigging will be here to supply your operation with the proper lifting and rigging equipment as well as fall protection and rigging training for all of the new personnel needed to handle the massive amount of cargo.
The future is truly before all of us and in my view the future can and will be very bright.

John Raulerson



Crane Training and Safety

John E. Raulerson








Protecting Workers & Crane Safety

Fatalities and serious injuries can occur if cranes are not inspected and used properly. Many fatalities can occur when the crane boom, load line or load contacts power lines and shorts electricity to ground. Other incidents happen when workers are struck by the load, or caught inside the swing radius or fail to assemble/disassemble the crane properly.
Below are a few quick points to keep at the forefront of your mind while operating cranes at your job-site.
• Cranes are to be operated only by qualified and trained personnel
• A designated competent person must check all crane controls to ensure proper operation before use.
• Be sure the crane is on a firm/stable surface and level.
• During assembly/dis-assembly do not unlock or remove pins unless sections are blocked and secure.
• Fully extend outriggers and barricade accessible areas inside the crane’s swing radius
• Watch for overhead electric power lines and maintain at least a 10’ safe working clearance from the lines.
• Inspect all rigging prior to use; do not wrap hoist lines around the load.
• Be sure to use the correct load chart for the crane’s current configuration and setup, the load weight and lift path.
• Do not exceed the load chart capacity while making lifts.
• Raise load a few inches, hold verify capacity/balance, and test brake system before delivering load.
• Do not move loads over workers.
• Be sure to follow signals and manufacturer instructions while operating cranes.
It is our goal at Consolidated Rigging and RRR Warehouse & Service to keep you up to date, informed and safe while on the job. Our trained and qualified inspectors have been serving the Southeast for decades. If you require and detailed inspection, proof load test, and/or certification please call for an appointment. If your require rigging or crane training to meet or exceed OSHA Standards we can help with that requirement as well. For further information on OSHA regulations and standards we help with that also or you can access more information at www.osha.gov.
Contact Johnny Barefoot or Richard Moody to schedule your appointment today

Selecting the Right Overhead Crane

By: John E. Raulerson







Selecting the Right Overhead Crane

It has been nearly a month since I had the pleasure of visiting the MODEX Trade show for the material handling industry. I walked every mile of the show and was completely in “awe” of the new technology available in today’s market place. I visited booths that were featuring fully automated robotics guided by lasers, G-force lifting , & machines that make the perfect box for exactly what is being shipped. It was a true education. I brought back around 85 LBS worth of catalogs and brochures. My email box now fills up at a rapid rate from all of the great vendors that scanned my badge.I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Material Handling Industry educational tables for instance Georgia Tech Institute of Technology, Material Handling Industry (MHI), & Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA).

The CMAA published a great handout on the selection process of an Overhead Crane. This helpful publications is a great fact checker and guideline when helping clients in the selection process, after all an Overhead Crane is a major capital investment and an integral part of the manufacturing process at many steps in the supply chain. So making the right choice in quality and design is key to long term success. Many times I have encountered clients that are myopic in their vision to the bottom line only and skip right over the “meat & potatoes” of the design of the crane itself. Taking this short term approach and skimping on quality will cost  more money in repairs and replacements. “The selection of the proper overhead crane system is critical to the safe and economical operation of your facility. The owner is responsible for selecting a qualified crane supplier.”

Factors to be considered in proper overhead crane selection:


Material Handling, Single or Double Girder, Load Rating (capacity), Service Rating (freq. of operation), Control/Speed,

Top Running or Under Running, Electric/Air/Manual (Voltage/Air Capacity),


Clearance Requirements, Building Width/ Crane Span, Building Length, Low Obstruction, Crane Hook Height, Runway Beams, Runway Rail Length, ASCE Rail, Column Support (placement location), Environment, Maintenance Access.

Installation & Start-Up of Your New Overhead Crane:

Proper installation, start -up and Testing of your new crane is vitally important for long term satisfaction with your crane investment.


All overhead crane operators must be trained prior to using any crane. Training should include familiarization with crane controls, Capacity of the crane and safe operating practices. Periodic operator”retraining” is strongly recommended.


OSHA standards (OSHA 1910.179) require cranes be inspected on a daily, monthly and yearly basis. Additional inspections may be required due to hours of operation, environment and/or severity of service. The inspection requirements of ANSI (B30.2, B30.11 & B30.17) and the manufacturer must also be followed.


OSHA regulations, 1910.179 and ANSI B30, require that all crane owners shall maintain their cranes in safe operating condition and retain appropriate maintenance records.

Consolidated Rigging is teamed with Gorbel and Cleveland Tramrail, who practically write the standards for crane quality. When considering your new crane project consider these helpful guideline tips and choose quality. We have helpful worksheets to help with the initial planning phase. Once we get the basic fact we can help you through the process and get the right crane.

Take the Advice of an Ole’ Tree Hugging Hippie

Recently I sent out a notice to you that our new catalog was now complete. We have worked hard to “Consolidate” all the products and services that we offer to you our valuable clients. Before, we had a general catalog and had to provide inserts of the additional products that we offered in a binder, but not anymore. Now you can easily reference working load limits of the rigging hardware that is specific to your particular lift plan. You can easily design a chain sling using the latest components with our easy to read charts. If you need a crane system we have easy to use floor plan worksheets that you can fill out and submit to your sales representative saving you valuable time and money. If your work site needs fall protection, again, there are easy to use charts for mapping out and designing a plan. Of course we never forget safety, in the very front of the catalog we have referenced the most current OSHA regulations, for the lifting industry, as a quick and simple reference tool, as well as load angle charts to insure proper safety when planning a lift. The main theme of the NEW comprehensive publication was to make your life easier.

As I visit with people in the field and give them the NEW publication the response has been overwhelmingly positive. One person that I have met with really stands out to me and I wanted to pass along what he said to me as I believe it will greatly benefit you and your company. When I presented the catalog he emphatically said how useful and professional he thought it was. “The color photos jumps out and really looks nice” but, “ I am an Ole’ Tree Hugging Hippie all that paper must really cost you a fortune do you have anything digital that I can download?” After I stopped laughing and processed his comment about being a “Tree Hugging Hippie” I realized how correct he was in his analysis and have responded accordingly. We do, in fact, have the entire catalog available for download.

You can access the catalog from our website, just log on and click on the “products” section and click on the “NEW Rigging Catalog” right at the top. Fill out the short form with your basic contact information and it will automatically take you to a download, click on the download and in a few minutes you will have a complete digital file right on your desk top or laptop for quick reference in the field. Just,” save as”  right to the Desktop and it will be on your screen when you log in. You can also  CLICK HERE  and it will take you right to the site, saving you a few steps.

Of course many like to have a paper copy and that is OK too all you have to do is get in touch with your sales rep or just give us a call and we will get it right over to you ASAP. But the Ole’ Tree Hugging Hippie advise if pretty smart, let’s face it the digital revolution is upon us so embrace it and save some trees. Heck I recycle all of my plastics and try and save fuel when I can, conservation can benefit us all.

So if you want the NEW digital catalog all you have to do is CLICK HERE and it is yours!

Have a productive and Safe Day,

John Raulerson