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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
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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
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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
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According to the Crane Inspection and Certification Bureau (CICB), approximately 80 crane-related deaths occur every year. Of all crane-related incidents 90% are due to human error, 50% results in a fatality, and 40% involve someone being struck by the crane or an object that the crane is lifting or moving.
A solution for modernising cranes is developed by PaR Systems and called EXPERTOPERATOR, which was designed to help operators by reducing load sway by 95%. PaR is a global manufacturer of advanced automation, robotic and specialty material handling solution. Read more
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Palfinger’s assistance systems integrate mechanical extensions into the overload protection system and weigh loads directly on the crane to further increase efficiency, and can easily be activated by the crane operator via the radio remote control PALcom P7.
The systems can be used on three of Palfinger’s heavy-duty loader cranes (PK 135.002 TEC 7, PK 165.002 TEC 7, and PK 200002 L SH) and on all of its TEC 7 loader crane models. Read more
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He ran Verticon for two years prior to starting Reds Global. Persistence and innovation has seen this business continue to grow. Having its main depot in Sydney, it now has cranes working in key markets around Australia although the Greater Sydney area has the highest concentration.
Things have changed a lot in tower cranes in Redman’s time in the industry. At the start, Favco diesel hydraulic tower cranes dominated the market and the average age of the cranes was much greater in the earlier era (the average age of the Reds Global fleet is three years). Read more
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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
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Aptly named EcoLifts, the range features a patented stored-power lift/lower system and requires no batteries, on-site power, or hydraulics.
This game-changing feature means EcoLifts deliver trouble-free, clean, green operation with no need for hydraulic oil and no leak points. They have low maintenance requirements, run at a low total operating cost and offer the potential for 24/7 use. Read more
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Second quarter 2018 income from continuing operations was $55.9 million, or $0.73 per share, on net sales of $1.4 billion. In the second quarter of 2017, the reported income from continuing operations was $95.4 million, or $0.98 per share, on net sales of $1.2 billion.
Income from continuing operations, as adjusted, for the second quarter of 2018 was $74.9 million, or $0.98 per share. This compares to income from continuing operations, as adjusted, of $49.6 million or $0.51 per share in the second quarter of 2017. Read more
Over the last two years, Hiab has been expanding its loader cranes portfolio, most recently renewing its light range cranes in May this year.
The acquisition of Effer, which has an enterprise value of EUR 50 million (A$78.83 million), will complement Hiab’s loader cranes range and expand the company’s selection of heavy cranes, particularly in the >100tm segment, which Effer is known for. Read more