New Crane Rules Place Unexpected Burden on Small Businesses

I have been around, involved with, owned, or operated cranes my whole life. In the early 1960s my dad had a crane rental business. One of my earliest memories is a lesson I learned when I was just six years old—thumbs up means boom up! I had to write that 100 times and present it to my dad for approval after not knowing what he wanted when he stuck his thumb in the air. I have forgotten a lot of things in the ensuing 45 years; that was most definitely not one of them.

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Chuck Mostert

Chuck Mostert is now the former owner of Mostert Cranes, Prescott Valley, Ariz., a taxicrane rental business. At one time he operated three cranes, but for the last six years has run a single machine. “I’d like to know how other small
crane rental businesses are handling the current conundrum. Please send me your comments and ideas.” Chuck Mostert can be reached at craniac60@cableone.net.