Dead-End Story Leads To Live News

Sometimes an article idea doesn’t pan out, but time spent researching the topic may open a new door. I had originally planned to include a story about operator fatigue in Lift and Access. It’s a consideration for many kinds of equipment ranging from trucks to cranes.

For example, the Department of Transportation requires operators of truck cranes to count their crane-seat time as part of their overall driving time. Thus, if an operator drives a truck crane two hours to reach a job site and then works six hours in the crane, he or she has to count a total of eight hours in his or her DOT log book. Getting out of the crane cab but being on the jobsite also counts toward the DOT total.

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Mike Larson

Mike Larson has been writing about heavy equipment and construction for more than 25 years. He joined Heartland Communications Group in 2011 as editor of Lift and Access. During his career, he has edited Western Builder and Midwest Construction, and has been a regular contributor to Engineering News-Record and Constructor magazines. Larson also worked in and managed marketing communications for Manitowoc Cranes. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.