US crane operator certification deadline – officially extended
Mon, 29/09/14 – 8:50 | No Comment

OSHA has officially extended its November 10th 2014, deadline for employers to ensure that crane operators are certified until November 10th, 2017.

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Contractor faces $168,000 fine
Thu, 25/09/14 – 8:02 | No Comment

Boston based electrical contractor Mass Bay Electrical Corporation is facing a $168,000 fine following the fatal overturn of a truck crane.

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the company for two wilful violations and four serious violations following the death of John Loughran jr, 34, and Joseph Boyd, 34. Both men were working on a high-tension power line from an aerial work platform attachment when the Elliot crane truck overturned on 12th April – see: Fatal boom truck overturn.

An investigation found that the company had failed to set up and operated the crane according to the manufacturer’s instructions and that its employees were not trained to operate the Elliot crane. The serious violations included not using load charts to determine the crane’s minimum boom angle, not using an aerial lift, allowing the crane to operate at greater than 50 percent of the rated capacity for its configuration and for failing to conduct a trial lift of the platform prior to use.

Contractor Faces 168,000.00 Fine

The overturned boom truck

Brenda Gordon, OSHA’s area director for Boston and southeastern Massachusetts, said: “These deaths were preventable. The employer did not refer to or use readily available and necessary information that would have allowed this work to be conducted safely. This lapse placed two workers in harm’s way and needlessly cost them their lives.”

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http://www.vertikal.net/en/news/story/21079/

 

Floating forward
Fri, 12/09/14 – 9:53 | No Comment
Floating forward

The use of floating cranes, automation technology and heavy lift cranes that can turn any port into a heavy lift port are having a major impact on the way that dockside lifting is being carried out.

All terrains ready for the world
Thu, 11/09/14 – 8:37 | No Comment
All terrains ready for the world

Different requirements around the world are influencing the design of all terrain cranes.

Another bridge bashed
Tue, 9/09/14 – 7:59 | No Comment
Another bridge bashed

A driver who forgot to stow his loader crane was injured yesterday near Murten (Morat) Switzerland after he struck a bridge on the A1 highway to the west of Berne.

Manitowoc Employees Raise $10,000 for ALS
Mon, 8/09/14 – 8:22 | No Comment
Manitowoc Employees Raise $10,000 for ALS

Manitowoc Company employees from across the nation participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge, raising $10,000 for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”

Crane rolls on mountain road
Tue, 26/08/14 – 8:16 | No Comment
Crane rolls on mountain road

An All Terrain crane rolled over onto a verge yesterday near Saint-Pons-de-Thomières in Southern France to the north west of Beziers.

Liebherr 1000 EC-H Tower Cranes
Wed, 20/08/14 – 7:42 | No Comment
Liebherr 1000 EC-H Tower Cranes

Since its successful launch of the 1000 EC-H at the Bauma 2013 in Munich, the largest standard crane in the EC-H series has been proving its worth in prestigious projects around the world.

Crane recovers plane
Tue, 19/08/14 – 8:14 | No Comment
Crane recovers plane

A mobile crane was called in this weekend to remove an aircraft from the Links Air fleet that crash landed at Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster, UK.

Popular Rigging Handbook Now with Metric References
Mon, 18/08/14 – 10:41 | No Comment
Popular Rigging Handbook Now with Metric References

Crane Institute of America announces the availability of the newest edition of the industry’s favorite rigging handbook. Rigging, by James Headley, has been converted from imperial to metric. Providing practical information and great illustrations, the …

What training do you need?
Thu, 14/08/14 – 7:52 | No Comment
What training do you need?

The other day I was asked “what training do you need to drive a crane?”. While this might seem a simple question with a simple answer, it is actually a good deal more challenging.

Crane Monitoring System Available
Wed, 13/08/14 – 8:39 | No Comment
Crane Monitoring System Available

Industrial Video and Control (IVC) is now offering the CZ-3041-1 crane monitoring system.