About us

About Us

Crane and Rigging Training, Consultant and Expert Witness

We are a privately held company that develops and delivers crane & rigging training and testing. We offer crane & rigging expert witness services & litigation support and independent audit & program evaluation. Dave Decker is also available for public speaking engagements. Our on-site training is aimed at individuals and organizations seeking to develop skills and comply with regulations and standards for the load handling industry. We provide investigation, deposition review and responsive reports, expert witness testimony, and claims related support services for crane & rigging-related issues. Accident investigation is provided to support the investigation of damages, causes and underlying factors for clients who experience accidents/incidents.  With our extensive crane & rigging expertise we offer an independent audit & program evaluation providing an evaluation of your program and equipment.

Over 39 Years’ Experience

Our extensive background and depth of experience provides a solid foundation for all your crane & rigging needs.


Dave Decker, founder of Becket Training & Consulting has developed and delivered crane & rigging training to government and private interests around the world, and has more than 39 years of experience in crane & rigging work with 20+ years of service on ASME B30 committees and the new ASME P30 main committee. He has been involved with many high dollar value one-of-a-kind lifts and large-scale projects involving nuclear and high risk operations. Dave now provides training, consulting services, certification, crane & rigging audits, expert witness/litigation services and is available as a public speaker.

Before his retirement, Dave was the charter crane and rigging training program manager at the U.S. Navy Crane Center, defining the Navy’s crane training program and developing the organization. He instituted and led the development of the Navy-wide crane & rigging training program for shore-based cranes and rigging at over 250 Navy activities worldwide.

In 2005, Dave was awarded the Department of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award (Highest DOD Civilian Honor) for developing and managing the Navy’s crane and rigging training program.

Dave Decker’s Curriculum Vitae

Society and Technical Memberships

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • ASME B30 Safety Standards for Cableways, Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Jacks and Slings, main committee member
  • ASME P30 Planning for Load Handling Activities, main committee member
  • ASME B30.9 Slings, subcommittee member
  • ASME B30.23 Personnel Lifting Systems, subcommittee member
  • ASME B30.26 Rigging Hardware, subcommittee chair
  • ASME B30.24 Container Cranes, subcommittee member
  • NCCCO Lift Director Task Force
  • NCCCO Lift Director Management Committee
  • Crane Institute Certification (CIC) Lift Director Exam Committee
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Delaware Chapter


  • NCCCO Certified Rigger
  • NCCCO Accredited Rigger Practical Examiner
  • NCCCO Certified Signalperson
  • NCCCO Accredited Signalperson Practical Examiner
  • NCCCO Certified Overhead Crane Operator
  • OSHA 7505 Introduction to Accident Investigation
  • Trico-Lift trained Rough Terrain Forklift Operator

Why Becket?

Our Reputation for Excellence
Dave Decker is known by clients, students and industry leaders to deliver well-organized and comprehensive expert opinion reports, training, presentations, and consultations with safety in mind. He explains complex crane & rigging issues in a way that is interesting, informative and understandable.

As an expert witness, Dave Decker is a reliable professional with vast industry knowledge paired with extensive experience in litigation support.
In the classroom he uses hands-on presentations to explain OSHA regulations and ASME standards with an interesting array of supporting photographs, interspersed with occasional humor and anecdotes.

He delivers a level of service and understanding of the issues that is rarely found.

Knowledge of the Crane & Rigging Industry 

Dave Decker serves on various ASME committees; keeping up to date with the most recent industry regulations and standards.
We apply our broad knowledge of the crane & rigging industry to all service areas. Dave has experience in many aspects of the industry including crane operations, rigging, crane inspection, crane audits, training, consulting, public speaking, expert witness and training program development.

We use our technical expertise to assist our clients in developing reliable programs and procedures to enhance the safety of their crane & rigging operations. We regularly update and monitor course curricula – ensuring our courses reflect the latest industry standards and regulations.

This technical knowledge brings insight and clarity to accident investigation and all stages of crane & rigging expert witness services and consulting.

Personal service from world-class crane & rigging experts
• Your call always answered by a crane & rigging expert
• Customized training programs tailored to your needs
• Prompt response to your emails
• A broad range of solutions with just one phone call

NCCCO Certification
Expert Witness and Litigation Support
Independent Audit & Program Evaluation

Contact Us

Becket Training & Consulting

677 Farnum Rd. Media, PA 19063

Find out how our extensive crane & rigging experience can work for you.

Contact us today to arrange for an initial consultation or to learn more about our services.