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The Bluelift B72 from Reachmaster features lithium battery power combined with a combustion engine. The lithium battery option allows the machine to function the same speed as a gas engine, while machines running on 110-volt electric power only function at about 40% of the speed.
 

Genie’s GRC-12 Runabout Contractor low-level access lift is a compact unit with a 30-in. width, 12-ft. platform height, 500-lb.

Users’ need for safety and productivity are also helping raise the popularity of low-level access lifts that are so compact they can even maneuver into some service closets.
 
Although North American laws do not yet say that contractors cannot use ladders in construction, Justin Kissinger, marketing manager for Custom Equipment, which makes Hy-Brid brand lifts, says that many are turning to low-level access lifts as a safer and more productive way to work at low height.
 
The popularity for low-level access lifts continues to be on an upward trend, with growth in new construction, renovation, maintenance, and industrial applications is driving the demand.
 
Skyjack’s SJ12 represented the company’s low-level mast lifts at the Lift and Access Showcase, which took place in October 2014 in Las Vegas, Nev. It offers 12-ft. platform height, 500-lb. platform capacity, compact design, 0° turning radius, and Skyjack’s signature relay-based controls.
 
 

Genie created a whole new facade for the The National WWII Museum in New Orleans during the 2015 Rental Show last week. In fact, the facade was 100 ft. tall, 3D, and very blue.

Promoting the completion of its six-unit Genie GTH-telehandler product family, Genie and The Production Network, (Genie’s event producer) collaborated with Go2 Productions of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to create a specialized and astounding “projection mapping” animation.

Heartland Media Connection is a YouTube channel for safety, education, and operational videos for today’s construction equipment professionals. 

Produced by Crane & Rigging Hot Line, Lift and Access, Contractors Hot Line, and Lift & Hoist International, this channel includes Equipment Reviews, Safety Discussions, Product Demonstrations, and Company Profiles. 

Mast boom lifts are on the rise. Although they are still largely niche products in North America, their ability to provide productive up-and-over reach in tight spaces is quickly lifting their popularity among a widening range of applications and users.

In this review from the Lift and Access Showcase, Tom Bell of Haulotte discusses the features and benefits of the Haulotte Star 22J mast boom lift.

Straightpoint supplies load link load cells, dynamometers, load shackles, provided cabled or wireless (telemetry), crane scales, center of gravity and data logging systems. In an industry where safety and quality are paramount, Straightpoint designs and manufactures to the highest standards, builds measurement equipment with world-class technical expertise and can deliver solutions quickly from its many locations around the world.

Lifting Gear Hire (LGH) recently launched a new product demonstration video that focuses on troubleshooting electric chain hoists. The troubleshooting video contains pertinent information regarding finding solutions to common problems with electric chain hoists. When using an electric chain hoist it is critical to make sure you have the correct electrical requirements. If the power supply is not the problem this video shows how to remedy some other common problems, as well. 

Hirschmann MCS demonstrates its iSCALE Control System in a new YouTube video. The iSCALE Control System can be customized to meet almost any requirement. See how the components of the iSCALE Control System for safe load indication works, as well as an good overview of the safety-related functions they can perform in mobile applications.

Many studies and countless statistics that illustrate the need for effective fleet risk control, and there are even more "driver safety programs" touted by industry experts in today's market. However, the fleet accident statistics are staggeringly high.

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.

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