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When Training Lift Equipment Operators, Getting it Right is More Important than Checking the “Compliance” Box

September 29, 2014 - A monumental shift is taking place in construction and general industry regarding training operators in the safe use of lifting equipment. While OSHA acknowledges that training is an essential part of every employer’s safety and health program, the degree to which that is currently required depends on whether you are talking about cranes, telehandlers, or aerial work platforms.

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2015 Edition of Hot Line Crane Guide Now Available

September 29, 2014Crane & Rigging Hot Line announces it has released the 2015 Hot Line Crane Guide, Volume XIV. The Crane Guide is a resource used by crane owners and buyers. It features information on models from more than 100 crane manufacturers, including serial numbers, specifications, and pricing. A great historical reference, data is included on models dating back to the 1950s.



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Rozell Industries Acquires Lewis Crane Service

September 25, 2014 – Queensbury, N.Y.-based Rozell Industries Inc., acquired Lewis Crane Service, Inc., also located in Queensbury. The combined capabilities and expertise expands opportunities for Rozell’s crane and rigging services.

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OSHA Extends Compliance Date for Crane Operator Certification to 2017

September 25, 2014 - OSHA has issued a final rule extending the deadline for crane operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction final rule published Aug. 9, 2010 by three years to Nov. 10, 2017. The rule also extends by three years the employer’s responsibility to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely. The final rule becomes effective Nov. 9, 2014.



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Crane Institute of America Replaces Simulator for New System

September 23, 2014 - Crane Institute of America has replaced its 15-year-old crane simulator with a Vortex model from CM Labs Simulations. Crane Institute uses the Vortex simulator as a mid-point learning tool for students who have completed classroom instruction but who have not yet progressed to working with a crane.

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Manitowoc Delivers 440th 2250 Crawler Crane

September 23, 2014 - Manitowoc Cranes has delivered its 400th Manitowoc 2250 to Fincantieri Marine Group’s Bay Shipbuilding division, located in nearby Sturgeon Bay, Wis. Bay Shipbuilding was formerly a unit of the Manitowoc Company.

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AEM Reports Construction Machinery Exports Dropped in 2014

September 23, 2014 - According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, U.S. construction machinery exports dropped 17.3% during the first half of 2014 compared with mid-year 2013: $8.93 billion in exports were shipped to global markets compared to $10.8 billion for first-half 2013.

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Crane Accident: Epping, N.H.

May 5, 2014—A tire blowout caused a truck crane to veer off of a highway and into the roadside woods, where it struck a tree.

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Crane Accident: Terrace, B.C., Canada

March 25, 2014—A construction worker who was part of a crew building power transmission lines died after falling about 85 ft. to the ground from a crane-supported work basket at a work site about 30 miles north of Terrace, British Columbia, Canada.

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