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Comansa Upgrades 21LC660 and 21LC750 Flat-Top Tower Cranes

November 20, 2018 - Comansa has applied upgrades from the new 21LC1050 flat-top tower crane it rolled out in September to two of its most successful existing flat-top tower crane models.

The changes significantly improve the performance of Comansa’s 21LC660 and 21LC750 flat-top tower cranes, both of which are both designed mainly for large industrial projects, energy, mining and PPVC construction.

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Association of Safety Professionals Offers Seminar on Total Worker Health

November 20, 2018 - Workplace safety professionals from all industries learn at the American Society of Safety Professionals’ (ASSP) Seminarfest 2019 in Las Vegas, January 24-31, 2019. 

This year, attendees can learn why the Total Worker Health model developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the way of the future. 

“The Total Worker Health approach can help break down organizational silos and foster a more holistic view of employee well being,” said ASSP Senior Vice President Deborah Roy, corporate director of health, safety, and wellness at L.L.Bean. 

Roy will lead a session on Total Worker Health at the event. 

Traditional occupational safety and health protection programs have concentrated on ensuring that workers are protected from the harms that arise from work itself.

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SC&RA Clarifies Date of Mandatory Crane Operator Certification

November 20, 2018 - The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) is working to clarify questions that have surfaced after OSHA’s final rule on crane operator certification requirements. 

On November 5, in anticipation of the effective date of existing crane operator certification requirements and awaiting the publication of a new final rule revising these requirements, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued compliance guidance noting that “OSHA will accept operator certification issued by type only, or by type and capacity.” 

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H&E Names New CEO

November 11, 2018 - H&E Equipment Services Inc., Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has appointed Bradley W. Barber as Chief Executive Officer, president, and a director of the company, effective January 1, 2019.

Barber will succeed current CEO John M. Engquist, who has been appointed executive chairman of the board of directors, effective January 1, 2019.

Gary W. Bagley, current chairman of the board, will remain a director of the company.


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A1A Software Expands Features of 3D Lift Plan

November 14, 2018 - A1A Software LLC, Fernandina Beach, Florida, continues to improve the interface and features of 3D Lift Plan, making it easier for customers to use the crane lift planning program as a sales tool and for bid proposals, crane selection and setup, lift planning, and documentation. 

“We have utilized WebGL technologies to enable the display of 3D content in Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge web browsers to improve the interface for customers no matter their preferred browser,” said Tawnia Weiss, president of A1A Software. “This flexibility is important because 3D Lift Plan is a cloud-based program, eliminating the need to download and update software to individual computers,” she said. When using one of these browsers, users simply select the WebGL version.

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OSHA Reveals Top 10 Violations for 2018

November 14, 2018 - The American Society of Safety Professionals reports that OSHA has announced its preliminary list of the Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2018.  

Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the list during the 2018 NSC Congress & Expo in Houston.

Year to year, the rankings rarely change, although this year's No. 10, "Eye and Face Protection” (1926.102) was not on the 2017 list.


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Hayes Joins AED Foundation as Vice President of Operations

November 13, 2018 - The Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) recently hired Cory Hayes as vice president of operations for The AED Foundation. 

The AED board of directors has recommended an effort to aggressively increase focus on the workforce skills gap facing the industry. The continued development of The AED Foundation’s accredited diesel technician footprint remains a top priority to provide a quality workforce to AED members in North America. 

As part of the expanded efforts, Hayes has been brought in to spearhead operations. 

He has nearly 20 years of experience in the heavy equipment industry, working with dealers, OEMs, and service providers. He brings a decade of experience from the private sector, having worked at a leading consulting firm that helps heavy-equipment dealers improve operational, financial, and management practices.  

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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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