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AEM Elects Willie Harbert of Eaton as New Director

May 23, 2018 - The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has elected Willie Harbert, vice president, sales, hydraulics group of Eaton, to the AEM CE Sector Board to fill an unexpired term.

AEM officers and directors work on behalf of all member companies, giving their time and talent to provide strategic direction and guidance for the association's business-development initiatives in areas including public policy, market data and exhibitions, as well as technical, safety and regulatory issues and education/training.

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ARA Forecasts U.S. Equipment and Event Rental Industry Revenue to Exceed $64 billion in 2022

May 22, 2018 - In its latest five-year forecast, the American Rental Association (ARA) projects U.S. equipment and event rental industry revenue to grow consistently on an annual basis, resulting in total revenue of $64.1 billion in 2022. 

While the quarterly updates for ARA Rentalytics™ have shown minor up and down fluctuations over the past few years, the May 2018 update is the first to project larger increases in revenue almost across the board when compared to the previous forecast. 

For example, the latest update expects revenue to total $52.3 billion in 2018 instead of the $51.5 billion forecast in February.

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H&E Relocates to New Facilities in Salt Lake City, UT

May 22, 2018 - H&E Equipment Services Inc. (H&E) has relocated to newly constructed facilities at 5052 West 2400 South, Salt Lake City, UT.

The new operation includes two energy efficient buildings. One is 29,295 sq. ft. and focuses on cranes. The other is 31,285 sq. ft. and specializes in aerial lifts, forklifts, and other construction equipment. The facilities sit on 10 acres with a fully-fenced and paved yard.

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OSHA Seeks to Change Crane Operator Certification Requirements

May 21, 2018 - National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) reports that OSHA is proposing to remove its rule the requirement for crane operators to be certified according to the capacity of the crane, a decision supported by the overwhelming majority of industry stakeholders at meetings hosted by OSHA and others since the rule was first published in 2010.

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Hiab Renews its Light Range Loader Crane Portfolio

May 17, 2018 - Hiab, part of Cargotec, has launched its renewed HIAB light range loader cranes with a capacity from 4 to 11 tonne meters. This range of HIAB loader cranes combines strength and reliability with ease of use. Four options for remote and manual control systems ensure that the customer can choose between the systems that meet specifically the level of precision needed when operating a crane.

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Crane Hot Line Honors 2018's Top Trainers for Innovative Methods and Top-Notch Results

May 2, 2018 - Crane Hot Line magazine has named its Top Trainers for 2018.  

Winners of this year’s competition are AI Abel of Mazzella Companies in the Corporate category and William Elmore of Alaska Crane Consultants in the Professional category. 

The Corporate category is for trainers employed by a company whose principal business is not training, such as manufacturers, contractors, equipment rental companies, or equipment dealers. 

The Professional category is for trainers from companies whose principal business is training. 

This year's Honorable Mention (runner-up) awards went to Wayne Wille of Straightpoint in the Corporate category and Yannick Morin of Kraning in the Professional category.

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Bigge Purchases the Last Manufactured Liebherr LTM 1220-5.2 Cranes

May 16, 2018 - Users of Liebherr LTM 1220 All-Terrain cranes will no longer be able to purchase this model from the manufacturer. Learning of the discontinuation of this long-sought after and best in class crane, Bigge decided to purchase the last four of these outstanding two engine, 60-meter, Tier-4 final cranes. The delivery of these cranes is expected to be between May and October 2018.

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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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