During fall 2013, Crane Institute of America, Florida Crane Owners Council, and M&P Specialty Insurance, hosted crane operators and their employers during a Regional Qualifying Event for the Crane Operator Skills Championship, a partnership between Crane Institute Certification and Crane & Rigging Hot Line magazine.

When considering the complexities involved with crane operations, having pre-determined quality controls in place for effective accident management prior to beginning crane work can prove to be one of the most important elements to protect your interests when accidents occur. 

Kevin Cunningham, president of HIIG Construction, provides ways to protect your interests after an accident.

To help owners and users of aerial work platforms understand their responsibilities when operating, transporting, and using this equipment, the Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA) & OSHA Alliance recently released a series of tip sheets that focus on the primary techniques for using aerial work platforms.
Documents include:
  • AWP Jobsite Checklist
  • AWP Pre-Start Safety Checklist
  • Preparing Aerial Work Platforms for Transport
  • Rescue Plans for Aerial Lifts

After years of indemnification agreements that shield contractors and owners from litigation by transferring legal obligations to subcontractors, more than half of U.S. states are adopting legislation to assist subcontractors' efforts to contain litigation. 

Kevin Cunningham, president of HIIG Construction, discusses what's happening in the states you operate in, how to mitigate the financial burden and time spent immediately after an accident, and how to develop a "Rapid Response Plan" for your company.

In this SAF-T Conference webinar, Scott Owyen, Training Manager, Global Marketing for Genie, takes a realistic look at aerial work platform training requirements and the challenges of providing high-quality aerial lift operator training in an extremely diverse culture.

Modular spreader beams offer modular span capabilities with a wide range of loading capacities. Modular spreader beams are flexible, which allows for the heaviest loads to be accommodated. Most spreader beams can be manually handled on-site, reducing the need for lifting equipment and saving assembly time. Lifting Gear Hire offers capacities ranging from 24 to 1,000 tons and spans ranging from 3 to 100 ft.

GM Engineering Services has released a video about the new optional remote web access feature of the HoistCam. Besides giving direct line-of-sight to the crane operation, the HoistCam remote web access feature allows managers and site supervisors to view the site from the HoistCam’s point of view from anywhere in the world.

NACB Inc. will present the 2013 Professional Development Conference this fall. The company has compiled experts from various segments of the crane, hoist and rigging, and safety and compliance industry to present, to attendees, including nformation that can be readily applied to our day-to-day operational needs.


CONEXPO-CON/AGG will represent an immense unveiling of all the newest equipment, technology and product breakthrough in construction. From earthshaking big iron to groundbreaking innovations, it's all assembled in one place to help you work smarter. CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014 -- If it's new, it's here!

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014 will feature:
• 2,400 exhibitors showcasing new products and technologies from for every major construction industry including asphalt, aggregates, concrete, earthmoving, lifting, mining, utilities and more.

The Crossover 2659ERT (and its taller sibling, the 3259ERT) scissor lift from powered access equipment manufacturer MEC Aerial Work Platform is the company's way of bringing the benefits of on-slab electric scissor lifts to the rough-terrain scissor lift market.

JLG's G12-55A telescopic handler offers 12,000-lb. maximum capacity with outriggers down or up. With outrigger support, the JLG forklift operator can lift 5,000 lbs. to its full 55-ft. maximum height, or provide 42-ft. forward reach with 3,500-lb. capacity. On tires alone, the JLG telehandler can lift 4,000 lbs. to a height of 55 ft., or 500 lbs. at 37-ft. forward reach.

Genie's GS-2669 RT scissor lift combines a 26-ft. access platform height with 1,500-lb. capacity on a chassis just 69 in. wide. It is part of powered access manufacturer Genie's growing family of RT scissor lifts that also includes 33- and 40-ft. tall powered access models, as well as electrically powered versions designed to work both outdoors and indoors.

JCB's 510-56 Loadall telescopic handler offers 10,000-lb. maximum capacity, as well as the option of lifting on tires or with front-mounted stabilizers. With stabilizer support, the JCB telehandler can lift 4,000 lbs. to its full 56-ft. height, or provide 42-ft. forward reach with 3,000-lb. capacity. On tires alone, the JCB 510-56 forklift can lift 3,000 lbs. to a height of 52 ft. or 300 lbs. at 42-ft. forward reach.

The highest-capacity telescopic handler featured in the 2012 Lift and Access Showcase walkarounds was Xtreme Manufacturing's XR3034. Designed as a pick-and-carry telehandler, it does not have outriggers, so all capacities are on rubber. The forklift operator can lift the Xtreme telehandler's maximum capacity of 30,000 lbs. to a height of 27 ft., or lift 12,000 lbs. to its maximum lift height of 34 ft. The forklift will handle that same 12,000 lbs. at its maximum forward reach of 17'6".

The Skyjack SJ 6826 RT scissor lift offers the same industry leading rugged, robust, and reliable design features that have made Skyjack scissor lift's famous. Equipped with an exclusive Crossover Symmetrical 4WD system for superior traction, and featuring 50% gradeability, this powered access machine can operate on the most challenging job site terrain.

Ideal for bridge construction, power plant services, and heavy construction, Skyjack's ZB2044 telescopic handler is in a class of its own. With a maximum capacity of 20,000 lbs., the Skyjack ZB2044 forklift features a three-section boom for a lift height of 44'. Robust, rugged, and reliable, the ZB2044 telehandler offers unparalleled jobsite productivity for forklift operators, and its superior maneuverability and mobility make it the perfect substitute for heavy cranes and material handlers.

CTE has released a video that explains the various steps for the proper use of the harnesses, starting with the first information regarding the fit (almost like a jacket), then it analyzes the various points of locking legs, fixing belts and connecting the cord, so to be ready to work safely at height. In this sense, we need to be careful for any simple everyday things, because they need always a lot of attention.

Combining a working height of 69'7" (21.2 m), a horizontal reach of 40' (12.2 m), and an up and over clearance of 27'6" (8.4 m), Skyjack's SJ63 AJ articulating boom lift is designed for versatility. Superior positive traction and terrainability is provided by the axle-based 4WD used in many of Skyjack's powered access product designs, which accounts for a proven low maintenance, rugged, and reliable drive train. 360 degree turret rotation and zero tail swing allow for flexible operation of this boom lift in tight locations.