April 2020

EUFMC Now Offers Online Educational Forum

Date: 30-04-2020 / Author: shannon

The Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference now offers an online education connection to help people in the electric utility industry access its educational programs and to provide a forum for sharing professional knowledge.

The EUFMC’s annual conference in Williamsburg, Virginia, each spring features educational presentations by experts from utility fleets and related suppliers, as well as roundtable discussions in which fleet managers can share information to help each other solve problems and improve operations.

OSHA Gives Guidance to Help Construction Workers Avoid COVID-19

Date: 29-04-2020 / Author: shannon

OSHA has issued industry-specific guidance to help construction workers avoid the COVID-19 virus.

When working in the construction industry, the following tips can help reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus:

·Encourage workers to stay home if they are sick.

·Allow workers to wear masks over their nose and mouth to prevent them from spreading the virus.

·Continue to use other normal control measures, including personal protective equipment (PPE), necessary to protect workers from other job hazards associated with construction activities.

Ritchie Bros.’ Online Auction Sells More than US$43 Million of Equipment

Date: 27-04-2020 / Author: shannon
Ritchie Bros.

Last week in Houston, Ritchie Bros. sold more than 4,400 equipment items and trucks for more than US$43 million.

The April 21–22, 2020, auction, conducted with only online-bidding due to state gathering restrictions, attracted more than 8,600 registered bidders from 62 countries.

U.S. buyers bought about 93% of the equipment. The top three U.S. states in terms of buyers were Texas, California, and Florida. International buyers from countries such as India, Italy, and Peru bought 7% of the equipment. About 22% of purchases were made through Ritchie Bros.' mobile application.

IPAF Confirms New Presidential Team

Date: 24-04-2020 / Author: shannon
IPAF Confirms New Presidential Team

The International Powered Access Federation has confirmed a new presidential team. During the federation’s 2020 annual general meeting, held April 23rd, Norty Turner of United Rentals was officially instated as the new president.

It was IPAF’s first AGM to be held as a virtual meeting, a result of ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It was also the first since Peter Douglas became IPAF CEO & managing director in Dec. 2019.

Manitou Partially Reopens European Production

Date: 22-04-2020 / Author: shannon

Manitou Group has partially resumed activity at its production sites in France and Italy.

The limited reopening lets the company gradually restart its whole supply-and-production chain in the context of a health crisis that is still cause for concern.

In accordance with the regulations applicable to all the production sites, Manitou has implemented specific measures to protect the health of its onsite employees and service providers.

Equipment from AGF Access Group Helps Build Montreal Light-Rail Project

Date: 22-04-2020 / Author: shannon

AGF Access Group, Montreal, has been selected by NouvLR to supply equipment and services to assist with construction of the Edouard-Montpetit station, part of the new Réseau Express Métropolitan in Montreal.

The REM is a fully automated electric metro transit network, the largest mass transit project in Quebec in 50 years.

AGF Access Group’s, rental division, Jamco, provided a Hydro Mobile S Series transport platform for the initial phase of the project and will provide a temporary construction elevator for the second phase.

California Rental Association Exec Blackwell Passes

Date: 22-04-2020 / Author: shannon
Dale Blackwell

Dale Blackwell, California Rental Association executive director and owner of Aba Daba Rents, Sacramento, California, died April 15, 2020, from complications after a traumatic brain injury. He was 65.

Blackwell served on the CRA board of directors and as an officer for 17 years and had been executive director since 2006. He was also the chairman of CRA's insurance committee for 14 years.

In addition to serving the CRA, Blackwell had owned Aba Daba Rents since 2000.

IPAF Welcomes New ISO Standard for MEWP Operator Controls

Date: 21-04-2020 / Author: shannon

The International Powered Access Federation welcomes the introduction of a new international standard about operator controls for mobile elevating work platforms.

The new standard, ISO 21455:2020, was published earlier in April. It culminates a decade of work from IPAF, its members, and the U.K. Health and Safety Executive to standardize the actuation, displacement, location, and method of operation of MEWP control.

Deutz Puts New Power Center in West Palm Beach, Florida

Date: 17-04-2020 / Author: shannon

April 16, 2020 - Deutz Corp. is putting its new Power Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

"We're incredibly pleased to have a new Deutz Power Center in this busy area of South Florida," said Dominick A. "Nick" Vermet, general manager for Deutz Power Centers. "It's a great opportunity to better support our OEM partners, assist our dealers, and help Deutz users in Florida decrease downtime and increase productivity.” Vermet added that because Deutz power centers focus only on Deutz engines, they can give these customers the attention they deserve.

Crane Hot Line and Lift and Access Continue to Publish

Date: 16-04-2020 / Author: shannon
Crane Hot Line Lift and Access

Dear readers, clients, suppliers, and friends:

When the COVID-19 virus began to sweep across North America, Heartland Communications Inc., like all businesses, had to make some quick but difficult decisions.