HIAB expands its loader crane portfolio with new building material crane models

HIAB is launching its new building material crane models at the IAA exhibition in Hannover, Germany, which the company says offers the HIAB HiPro – an advanced remote-control system, as well as HIAB’s pioneering features, all to ensure safe and fast crane operation.

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Konecranes publishes new video outlining crane safety

The investigation analysed 249 industrial overhead crane incidents that occurred over the past 10 years.

According to the study, a total of 838 Occupational Safety and Healthy Administration (OSHA) violations were committed across the 249 incidents, which caused 133 injuries and 133 fatalities.

The study found that the most common reason for overhead crane incidents were failing loads, which can happen if the load is unstable or poorly rigged.  Read more

Consultation commences on LEEA apprenticeships

Following initial discussions with the IFA and having identified a gap in the apprenticeship scheme for the occupation of Lifting Equipment Examiner, LEEA will now be inviting its members to come together to form the necessary ‘trailblazer’ group, which will meet to work out what the sector actually needs from its future workforce.

Interested members must be committed to take on apprentices in their own businesses and willing to contribute to the drafting of an occupation proposal, which will in the future form an apprenticeship standard.  Read more

Boom Logistics delivers strong financial results

Revenue has increased in 2018 by 22% to $183.1 million, compared to $150.1 million in the previous period. Gross margins increased to 28.7%, compared to the previous 27.1%.

According to Boom, part of the increase is attributed to strong growth in the mining and energy sectors, with higher revenues from mining maintenance contracts in line with increased customer activity, and the completion of three Australian wind farm construction projects during the year requiring ongoing maintenance by way of specialised assets and expertise.  Read more

Konecranes RailQ provides a one-stop-shop for runway analysis

Runway condition influences how well a crane moves on its rails, and profoundly affects the usability and lifetime of the crane and its travelling machineries. A runway in poor condition reduces crane performance and can create serious safety risks.

Left undetected, rail alignment defects can lead to serious problems, which can create downtime and loss of production, while they are taken offline to be fixed. The best way to rectify these issues is to identify the warning signs early and prevent it from occurring in the first place.  Read more