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By : 
Les Knoll

Everyone knows about urban myths, those stories of unnatural creatures, incredible cures, conspiracy theories and easy ways to get rich. These are the folk tales that range from Microsoft cash giveaways to chain letters, cures for warts, and the recent 'news' that Mars will be closer to the Earth this year than at any other time within the next 25,000 years. A number of TV producers have made quite a killing bringing these yarns to the airwaves and this list is heralded by the infamous, Ripley's 'Believe it or Not'.

By : 
Rick Raef

Editor's Note: Rick's column this month is in response to a recent act of vandalism in Independence, Mo. According to various news sources, vandals caused more than an estimated $1 million in damage to equipment at the Bass Pro Shops construction site. A trailer was overturned, and earth-moving equipment was wrecked or smashed at the 127-acre work site. The vandals apparently tried to drive some of the equipment off a dam at the east end of the site. About a dozen pieces of equipment were damaged and two pieces were completely destroyed.

By : 
Rick Raef

Regardless of the mobile equipment being operated, all too often operators fail to wear the seatbelts provided in the cabs of their telehandlers, cranes, and other equipment. Even among those who do a good job of making seat belt usage a wear-it-or-work-someplace-else issue, there is still that occasional buckle that can be seen dangling and reflecting in the sunlight.

By : 
Howard Kaplan

A few weeks ago I was telling a friend about my company and how proud I am to work here. It's a company that fosters a safe, productive environment for its operators. In 30 years, we've never had a crane accident, and I never thought for a second that we would ever turn a crane over • yet, as hard as it is for me to say • we did just that.

By : 
Dave Sleightholm

Thousands of wire ropes of all different types, sizes, and construction are manufactured throughout the world, and the differences in these ropes have a dramatic effect on strength and operating characteristics. Because of their differences, wire rope selection can be a very difficult task for someone without basic wire rope knowledge.

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