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London Tower Cranes Orders Its 100th BlokCam System

July 18, 2018 - UK tower crane specialist London Tower Cranes (LTC) has ordered its 100th BlokCam crane camera system. LTC installed its first hook-block-mounted camera system only two years ago.

That the company is already ordering its 100th BlokCam system exemplifies LTC’s commitment to safety and BlokCam products, says BlokCam managing director Peter Hird.

Having gone through BlokCam’s product-training programs, LTC now fits and supports all its own systems.

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SC&R Foundation Awards Terex Scholarship

July 18, 2018- The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Foundation has awarded Linda Martin of Seabrook, N.H., the 2018 Terex Continuing Education Scholarship. Martin is corporate safety director for Bay Crane and an adjunct instructor in occupational safety. She plans to use the $3,000 scholarship to help fund a doctorate in safety sciences. 

Martin is the seventh recipient of the Terex Continuing Education Scholarship, which is funded through a donation from Terex Cranes.  


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ISTC Selects Deep South for Top Honors

July 18, 2018- The Industrial Safety Training Council (ISTC) has honored Deep South Crane & Rigging with 3 awards: the Safety Achievement Award for Recordable Incidence Rate; the Safety Achievement Award for Years Worked; and the Safety Achievement Award for Hours Worked.

Deep South reduced its total recordable incidence rate by 62% during 2017, compared to the average incidence rate for the three previous calendar years. It also worked one year without an OSHA lost workday case, and worked more than a million hours without an OSHA lost workday case.

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WIKA Mobile Control Launches New qSCALE Maestro LMI Upgrade Solution

July 17, 2018 - WIKA Mobile Control (WMC) has introduced an upgrade for the qSCALE maestro LMI. The system upgrades DS150G, DS350G/GW, and maestro systems currently in the field. The qSCALE maestro’s flexible design converts existing software, so there’s no need to re-calibrate.  

The qSCALE maestro’s 4.3” color display shows actual and allowable load, boom length, boom angle, and load radius. It has an integrated light bar and event recorder. An external light tower is optional. The console’s IP 66/67 rating lets it be mounted either inside or outside of the cab. 

Before launching the qSCALE maestro, WMC completed several field tests to assess the product’s functionality and programming. 


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Able Buys Mobile Lifts Inc., Adds it as Fifth Location

July 17, 2018 - Able Equipment Rental Inc. of NY (Able) has purchased the aerial equipment assets and service operations of Mobile Lifts Inc., Norristown, Pa.

The transaction makes the Mobile Lifts facility the newest branch of Able Equipment Rental. Able will retain most of the Mobile Lifts staff, and plans to grow the team immediately. The location is Able’s fifth location in the Northeast.

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Mammoet Moves Two 430-Ton Tugboats

July 17, 2018 - Mammoet has safely completed the transport of two tugboats weighing up to 430 tons from Island Tug and Barge’s (ITB) Annacis Island facility to the Vancouver harbor for berthing. 

The two tugs, named Island Raider and Island Regent, each  measure 78’5” long and 41’0” wide. 

Examining the transportation route identified many obstacles, including a below-grade railroad siding, three sets of railway tracks between the yard and the steep bank of the river, overhead powerlines, railway restrictions, and constraining tides.

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Danfoss to Buy Remote Control Business from Ikusi

July 17, 2018 - Danfoss and Ikusi have reached an agreement for Danfoss to buy Remote Control from Ikusi.
Remote Control’s business includes technologies for wireless operation of truck-mounted cranes, winches, off-road machines, and other equipment. The acquisition reflects Danfoss’ strategic focus on using connectivity as a competitive advantage.

“Acquiring new innovative technologies is an important part of our investments in developing our business, and I am excited about the team of experts from Ikusi Remote Control joining Danfoss. Remote controls hold a tremendous potential, and the acquisition is a great example of how we by adding new digital technology can strengthen our portfolio of advanced components and systems and offer a broader range of solutions to the benefit of our customers,” says Kim Fausing, Danfoss president and CEO.

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Worker Hospitalized After Crane Collapse in Fort Lauderdale

May 3, 2018 - Emergency crews rushed a worker to the hospital after a crane fell on him in Fort Lauderdale Thursday morning.

Officials say the piece of equipment fell just after 9 a.m. at a building located at 1850 South Ocean Lane.

Crews were able to get the man free and take him to Broward Health Medical Center as a trauma alert, but would not release details about his injury or how the crane fell.

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2 workers die when crane topples on dock in Southeast Texas

,Authorities say two workers were killed and another hurt when a crane fell on a marine dock in Southeast Texas.

Jaree Fortin, a spokeswoman for the city of Galveston, says investigators are trying to determine the reason the crane toppled over at Pelican Island on Wednesday morning. Fortin says foul play is not suspected.

The two were already dead when emergency responders arrived at the scene.

Authorities have not released the names or other details about the victims.

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