Making the business case for safety
Tue, 22/04/14 – 13:41 | No Comment

Noël Després has seen what it takes for a company to transform its safety performance. At Comeau’s Sea Foods, it took a great deal of effort over several years, and required a change in outlook among senior managers.

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10th edition Mobile Cranes Handbook released
Wed, 23/04/14 – 8:18 | No Comment

Mobile Crane HandbookCrane Institute of America announces the availability of the newest edition of the industry’s favorite crane handbook. Mobile Cranes, 10th edition, by James Headley, is an excellent study guide for mobile crane operators who are preparing to take accredited certification exams.

Filled with useful illustrations, clear explanations, and real-world examples, the handbook covers essential topics on crane setup, operation, and hazards. First published in 1999, the 10th edition includes important updates reflecting the latest industry standards and best practices.

For the first time, Service/Mechanics trucks are referenced. This equipment can be found anywhere heavy equipment or machinery is used, such as mines, gas and oil fields, utility sub-stations or your local crane rental company. The addition of Service/Mechanic Truck Cranes is important with OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1400 requiring the qualification, or certification, of operators if the equipment is used in activities other than maintenance and repair.

Perhaps the most important section of Mobile Cranes, is the chapter on Load Charts. “It is not enough to know how to use load charts, but to know why load charts must be followed for safe operation,” said James Headley, author of the book and President of Crane Institute of America.

Topics covered in the handbook:

• Cranes Types & Components

• Load Charts

• Conditions that Reduce Capacity

• Pre-Operational Inspection

• Crane Setup

• Working Near Power Lines

• Operating Practices & Procedures

• Hoisting Personnel

Don’t let the handbook’s compact size fool you. It’s packed with valuable information and sized perfectly to fit in your vehicle’s glove compartment.

About the Author

James Headley has spent more than 40years working in the crane and rigging industry. After serving a crane apprenticeship through Operating Engineers Local 312 in Birmingham, Ala., he worked as journeyman crane operator until entering the crane training business in 1984.

As Presidentof Crane Institute of America, Headley has developed training programs for hundredsof major companies including ALCOA, Boeing, ExxonMobil, Hanson Aggregates, Honeywell, Kennecott, Southern Company, Toyota, USX, Weyerhauser, the U.S. Military, and others. For over 20 years, he served on the ASME B30 main committee on cranes and lifting devices, and subcommittees B30.5, B30.9, and B0.26. Presently he serves on the International Standards Organization (ISO) committee on cranes.

Headley has also written the Mobile Cranes companion handbook Rigging, the handbook Forklifts and the Safe Craning Field Guides.

About Crane Institute of America

For almost 30 yearsCrane Institute of America, Sanford, Fla., has offered training for operators, inspectors, safety managers, lift directors, and riggers and signalpersons working with mobile cranes, overhead cranes, tower cranes, aerial lift and forklifts. It is an authorized CIC written and practical exam testing site.

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Crane slips off wind farm road
Mon, 21/04/14 – 7:59 | No Comment
Crane slips off wind farm road

Another All Terrain crane became a casualty of narrow wind farm approach roads in Ireland last week.

A crane owned by McKinney’s Crane Hire of Strabane, Northern Ireland was travelling to or from a remote wind farm in Croagh, County Donegal, when the edge of the road gave way causing it tip onto its side. Thankfully no one was hurt in the incident.

Terex launches its biggest luffer
Thu, 17/04/14 – 8:24 | No Comment
Terex launches its biggest luffer

On Tuesday, Terex unveiled its largest luffing tower crane – the 1,600 tonne metre, 66 tonne maximum capacity CTL 1600-66 – at a customer event at its test facility near Fontanafredda in Italy.

Potain tower cranes work on Europe’s largest mall
Tue, 15/04/14 – 7:39 | No Comment
Potain tower cranes work on Europe’s largest mall

An 11-strong fleet of Potain tower cranes is helping to build Europe’s largest shopping mall in Russia. Once completed, Avia Park will occupy an area equivalent to 65 football fields at 463,000m2.

Terex launches mobile harbour crane
Wed, 9/04/14 – 8:04 | No Comment
Terex launches mobile harbour crane

Terex Port Solutions has launched its first mobile harbour crane – the Terex Quaymate M50.

Sims Crane Opens Tampa Bay Chapter of Construction Angels
Mon, 7/04/14 – 8:11 | No Comment
Sims Crane Opens Tampa Bay Chapter of Construction Angels

Sims Crane has invited the public to the inaugural fundraiser for the Tampa Bay Chapter of Construction Angels, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that helps with financial support for families of construction-industry employees killed on the job.

Liebherr Telescopic Mobile Crane
Fri, 4/04/14 – 8:26 | No Comment
Liebherr Telescopic Mobile Crane

Kiel, April 2nd 2014: the number of heavy cargo and project loads being handled in Kiel using the port’s efficient port cranes or RoRo ramps is on the rise. The latest example has been what is currently the most up-to-date telescopic mobile crane to be built by the firm of Liebherr

Luffing crane jib drops on London site
Mon, 31/03/14 – 7:50 | No Comment
Luffing crane jib drops on London site

A luffing tower crane jib dropped at a site in London on Friday hitting a family home.

New Line of Fiber-Reinforced Crane Mats
Thu, 27/03/14 – 7:48 | No Comment
New Line of Fiber-Reinforced Crane Mats

A new line of fiber-reinforced polymer crane mats for high-capacity cranes. Large, high-capacity cranes require large load distributing footprints on a variety of soil conditions, including low soil-bearing pressures, and the FiberMax crane mats product line were designed to meet the requirements of these cranes.

Maeda Unveils Mini-Crane with Articulating Boom
Wed, 26/03/14 – 7:48 | No Comment
Maeda Unveils Mini-Crane with Articulating Boom

One of the new and updated mini-cranes that Maeda USA, Houston, Texas, unveiled during the recent ConExpo trade show was the MK1033, a mini-crane equipped with an articulating knuckle-boom.

Bluestem Introduces Industrial Rigging Telehandler
Tue, 25/03/14 – 8:33 | No Comment
Bluestem Introduces Industrial Rigging Telehandler

Bluestem Machine Works has introduced the Precision Rigger PR40, the first industrial telescopic handler designed with the needs of riggers in mind.