September 2019 Roundtable

Date / Time:

Friday, September 13, 2019

11:15 am – 12:00 pm Registration & Networking
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch & Program
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Networking


“A Lift Plan for Every Lift

When attempting any lift, regardless of how small or seemingly insignificant, there is a minimum of ten questions that that must be answered and confirmed before you begin.

In this presentation we will discuss utilizing the questions to develop a basic lift plan for routine lifts. The ten-question lift plan is intended to inspire creative thinking and assure the most vital parameters are considered.

It has been shown that when a lift plan is required for every lift, the supervisors, operators and riggers catch mistakes before they happen.


Joseph Collins, Heavy Lift Manager, Becht Engineering Co., Inc.

Joseph (Joe) Collins is the Heavy Lift Manager for Becht Engineering Co., Inc. He is providing Consulting and Design Services for Lifting and Transport of process equipment, machinery, chemical, refining and nuclear vessels and components. His duties include consulting to clients using the world’s largest cranes and super heavy lift projects.

Mr. Collins has over 45-years’ experience in the heavy lift industry. He served as Commissioner, on Board of Directors and Vice President for the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO). Joe also served as a member of the Cranes and Derrick Advisory Committee (C-DAC) to OSHA, which wrote and delivered the initial draft of the new OSHA Crane Safety Standard. In January 2011, Engineering News Record magazine honored Joe as one of the “Top 25 Newsmakers” for his work with C-DAC.

Joe’s long-term exposure to the industry in several key positions has made him a respected expert throughout the trade. He has applied his expertise to OSHA compliance audits, crane inspections, crane repairs, crane erection and dismantling, due diligence in crane purchases, transport or relocation of large cranes, sizing of cranes, and cost projections for bidding purposes. The holistic exposure through the complete chain of lifting operations enables Joe to conduct crane accident investigations, wherein he manages accident sites, including the removal of wreckage and determine the root cause of the accident.

  • $25 per person for online registration ($35 per person at the door)
  • Free for Rice Students (registration required in advance)
  • $15 for Rice Faculty (registration required in advance)

Online registration will close at Noon on Thursday, September 12, 2019. A boxed lunch will be served.



Location & Parking:

Grand Hall in the Rice Ley Student Center

Detailed campus maps are available on the web at The Ley Student Center is located in the central part of Rice campus. The Central Campus Garage, which is the closest parking facility, is located to the across the street from the Student Center.

In the possibility the underground parking is full, the second closest parking is the West Lot. Continue down the Laboratory Loop Road to the stop sign. The campus also offers a bus shuttle that runs about every 15 minutes as it loops the campus.

Note: In order to protect the privacy of the luncheon attendees, the list of attendees is not published or distributed.

This Roundtable qualifies for one (1) Professional Development Hour (PDH). Your email confirmation at completion of registration serves as your PDH and payment receipts. Paper receipts may be picked up at the registration desk at time of check-in.