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Trackunit Honored for Off-Road Telematics

February 20, 2019 - Frost & Sullivan has honored Trackunit with its 2018 North American Off-Highway Vehicle Telematics Customer Value Leadership Award.

Trackunit, a global leader in telematics technology and innovation, received the recognition as a part of Frost & Sullivan’s 2018 Best Practices Awards.

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Kubota's New 200-hp Engine Named Diesel of the Year

February 20, 2019 - Kubota Corporation has won the European Diesel Of The Year 2019 award from Diesel International magazine for its new 200-hp V5009 engine.

The V5009 large displacement engine range was developed in response to new, more stringent emissions standards in the United States, the EU, and Asia. All industrial machinery manufacturers are now required to build their machines with emission certified engines that incorporate after-treatment devices.

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Liebherr Ehingen Turns 50

February 20, 2019 - On February 22, 1969, Hans Liebherr founded Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH. (The parent company was by then 20 years old, having been founded in 1949 in Kirchdorf, Germany.)

Within the Liebherr Group, Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH operates as a divisional control company for mobile cranes that are used wherever loads have to be lifted and positioned with precision.

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Crane Industry Services, LLC Adds Course to Help Employers with Crane Operator Evaluations

February 19, 2019 - Crane Industry Services, LLC (CIS), Carrollton, Ga., now offers training for employers who need to qualify individuals to do crane operator evaluations, according to new OSHA requirements. In addition, CIS staff can provide third-party crane operator evaluations to assist companies who need extra help getting these done.
During the first 60 days of enforcement (until April 15, 2019), OSHA will evaluate good faith efforts taken by employers in their attempt to meet the new documentation requirements for operators of cranes used in construction.
 “Crane operator certification is now the benchmark and employer evaluation of operator qualification is an ongoing process. We’re fielding a lot of questions from unions and employers about the confusion around the new OSHA language. While OSHA allows for crane operator certification to be by crane type, or crane type and capacity, the employer, or the employer’s representative, must evaluate each operator’s qualifications on each crane he or she operates. If multiple cranes are used and the machines are the same make, model number and are configured alike, one qualification evaluation will suffice. However, if the employer has multiple cranes made by different manufacturers, the employer must qualify each operator on every different machine the operator runs,” explains Cliff Dickinson, President of CIS.
“The evaluation process requires initial planning to determine how many different machines are in a given fleet, how many of them are the same make, model, configuration and whether they are used for the same type of work,” adds Dickinson

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Ritchie Bros. sells US$23+ million of equipment at its largest Tipton auction ever

February, 19, 2019 - Last week Ritchie Bros. conducted its largest Tipton, CA auction ever, selling more than 2,250 equipment items and trucks for US$23+ million on February 15.

A record 4,850+ people from 44 countries registered to bid in the unreserved public auction, including 3,400+ people registering to bid online. U.S. buyers purchased approximately 90 percent of the equipment, including 60 percent purchased by California buyers, while international buyers from such countries as France, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates purchased 10 percent of the equipment. Online buyers purchased 52 percent of the assets.

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Goldhofer to Present New Products, Innovations at Bauma

February 13, 2019 - Goldhofer Aktiengesellschaft will present a broad portfolio of vehicles and some exciting new products at the Bauma trade show in Munich, Germany, April 8-14.

The highlight of Goldhofer’s exhibit is the launching of a groundbreaking innovation that will make heavy haulage simpler, more efficient, and more sustainable.

The big secret will be revealed by member of the board Rainer Auerbacher at the Goldhofer exhibition booth, FN.823, on April 8, 2019.

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ACT Research Sees Yellow Caution Lights for Economy

February 11, 2019 - The latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle Outlook from ACT Research, Columbus, Indiana, says that yellow lights continue to flash for the U.S. economy, and by extension for the North American commercial vehicle industry.

“While the outlook has less of an orange tinge, sufficient caution flags remain to keep the yellow light burning regarding the near to mid-term economic outlook,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT’s president and senior analyst. “While we’ve seen improvement in petroleum prices, equity valuations, and a monetary policy pause, we remain cautious regarding indicators like a flat yield curve, quantitative tightening, potential fallout from tariffs and trade wars, as well as the global economic slowdown.”

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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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