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Liebherr’s New Five-Axle LTM 1150-5.3 AT Crane Lifts 165 USt, has 216’ Boom

Oct. 20, 2020 – Liebherr has rolled out its LTM 1150-5.3, a new five-axle all-terrain crane designed to be the successor to its highly successful LTM 1130-5.1, of which some 1,500 have been sold.

Christoph Kleiner, Liebherr sales director calls the new LTM 1150-5.3 “The jewel in your fleet, a flexible all-rounder that will enhance any crane fleet.”

Kleiner says that the LTM 1150-5.3’s 216’ (66 m) boom is the longest in its class and that the 165-USt (150-tonne) crane can compete with models in the 220-USt (200-tonne) lifting capacity class.

“It delivers outstanding lifting capacities when fully raised and at large radii,” said Kleiner. “And it is immediately ready for use once it reaches the site because it carries  9.9 tons (9 tonnes) of  ballast and has a gross weight of 66 tons (60 tonnes). That means it can complete lots of jobs without requiring additional transport vehicles.”

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Survey: Small-Business Confidence Rebounds, but is Below Pre-Pandemic Level

Oct. 20, 2020 - Balboa Capital, a leading direct lender that specializes in equipment financing and small business loans, has announced the results of its latest survey, conducted to gain a better understanding of small business performance during the COVID-19 pandemic and to gauge small business owner confidence for the final months of 2020.

The survey reveals that 53% of small business owners saw decreased revenues in the second and third quarters of 2020, compared to 18% in the previous two quarters.

Conversely, 54% of small business owners are expecting increased revenues in Q4. That’s up 7% from Balboa Capital's previous survey results.

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SC&RA Offers Members Guidance About Tower Crane Signs

Oct. 21, 2020 -  The SC&RA is offering members guidance about putting signs on tower cranes.

The organization's Tower Crane Committee recently completed a document titled Tower Crane Signage Guidelines, which addresses best practices for placing signage on tower cranes.

“As always, the manufacturer’s instructions must be followed, but the committee felt there were other areas that needed to be addressed to ensure signs mounted on tower cranes meet certain requirements and do not create a hazard for personnel working on or around the crane,” said Peter Juhren, chair of the committee and president and COO of Morrow Equipment.

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WestRock Paper Mill Adds New Broderson Carry-Deck Crane

Oct. 20, 2020 - The WestRock Solvay Mill in Solvay, New York, has taken delivery of a  Broderson IC-100-3B from Empire Crane Co. to use in construction and maintenance operations, primarily repairing the paper mill’s rotating equipment and screens. 

The new 2020 Broderson IC-100-3B replaces a 1999-vintage Broderson IC-80 that has long been working reliably at the mill.

WestRock decided to upgrade because it now needs more lifting capacity than the IC-80 offers.

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Morrow to Reopen Training Center in January 2021

Oct. 20, 2020 - Morrow Equipment will reopen its Morrow Training Center in Salem, Oregon, starting in January 2021. 

Morrow follows the latest COVID-19 guidelines set forth by the State of Oregon and the CDC.  Classroom space at the training center is large enough to allow social distancing, and Morrow will be restricting the number of students in the classroom.

Masks must be worn during training. Procedures for using hand sanitizer use, handwashing, and temperature checks are in effect.

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Best Heavy Equipment Simulators Give Operator the Feel of Real

Oct. 22, 2020 - If you’re looking to optimize your operator training by investing in heavy equipment simulators, it’s important to remember that not all simulation is created equal, says Mala Dewan, product marketing manager for CM Labs, a simulator manufacturer in Montreal, Quebec.

Dewan says that most experienced operators say that when they work a piece of equipment, it becomes an extension of themselves. That gives them the ability to identify which brand they’re sitting in simply from the sound of the engine or by the seat of their pants.

Whether in lifting or earthmoving equipment, responding to machine feedback is important to maximizing its capabilities and, in many cases, saving time and money.

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The Pit Row Group Names Steven Todd as New President

Oct. 13, 2020 - The Pit Row Group LLC, a leading provider of transportation and specialized transportation solutions, has named Steven A. Todd as president of Pit Row Transportation Solutions and partner of Pit Row Legal Solutions. Todd began his duties Oct. 1.

Todd has more than 20 years of senior management experience, including serving as chief of permits for the Illinois Department of Transportation. He most recently was vice president of transportation for the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association. 

“Steven is the right leader for PRTS,” said Mike Morgan, Pit Row Group chairman.

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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.


Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article174548496.html#storylink=cpy


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