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Lack of Qualified Talent is the Biggest Threat to the Crane Industry



Following a year marred by the impact of COVID-19 on new construction and infrastructure projects, the crane industry still anticipates the effects of the pandemic to be its biggest short-term challenge. However, according to a recent survey with over 150 crane professionals conducted by ProSight Specialty Insurance, there’s a bigger risk to the crane industry that could impact its very future.

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Two New Link-Belt Cranes are Available to Order Now

65|HT TCC-550

June 7, 2021 - Two new Link-Belt cranes that will be among the stars of Crane Fest in late September are already available for customers to buy.

During the first week of June, the Lexington, Kentucky, manufacturer announced that the new TCC-550, a 55-USt capacity teleboom crawler crane, and the 65|HT, a new 65-USt capacity truck crane, are already starting production and can be ordered.

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Crane Hot Line Publisher Franci Motz Passes, Celebration of Life Planned

June 8, 2021 - The lifting industry and many of us who work in it lost a talented and beloved colleague and friend when Franci Motz passed away on May 27 after a short illness.

She was 46.

Franci was publisher of Crane Hot Line and Lift and Access, both produced by Heartland Communications Group.

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First Demag AC-45 City Crane in U.S. Hits 10,000-Mile Mark in Two Years

June 8, 2021 -  In 2019, Steel Giraffe LLC, a welding, fabrication, and crane rental company in Rhode Island, bought the first Demag AC-45 city crane delivered in the U.S.

The AC-45 can lift up to 50 USt, has 102.4’ of telescopic boom, and offers up to 145’ of boom and jib.

In the past approximately two years, Steel Giraffe has put 10,000 miles on the rig traveling between lifting jobs. That’s about the same distance as from the company’s Portsmouth, Rhode Island, headquarters to Sydney, Australia.

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Mammoet Converts Demag CC2800-1 to Narrow Track Stance for Wind Farm Work

June 9, 2021 - Many wind farms in several countries, including Brazil, have narrow internal roads that are only about 20’-23’ wide.

That restricts the use of conventional crawler cranes. Cranes that are big enough to do the work are often too wide to travel the roads between turbines.

However, narrow-track cranes can crawl those roads without being disassembled or only partially disassembled. That saves money in civil work, dismantling, transport, and reassembly of the crane.

Mammoet, the world’s largest engineered heavy lifting and transport service provider, has introduced a narrow-track Demag CC2800-1 to its fleet in Brazil in order to support the country’s wind sector.

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HEC Crane Assembly Class Learns From Newly Arrived MLC100-1

June 8, 2021 - Students in an assembly safety class at Heavy Equipment Colleges of America (HEC) in Stonecrest, Georgia, recently put together a new Manitowoc MLC100-1 lattice-boom crawler crane that had just arrived at the school.

Students spent the day watching the unit being assembled and tested at the school’s field-testing site shortly after HEC took delivery of the new 110-USt crane.

Sixteen HEC instructors and staff conducted the assembly, which focused on measures to ensure the safe and proper assembly of the lattice-boom crawler crane.

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Hakel Retires as Director of Rebuild SoCal, is Succeeded by Switalski


June 8, 2021 – John Hakel, executive director of the Rebuild SoCal Partnership is retiring this week.


He has led the organization since 2006, when it was known as the Southern California Partnership for Jobs. Headquartered in Anaheim, California, the RSCP consists of 2,750 contractors represent more than 90,000 union workers in all 12 southern California counties.

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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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