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
  • Selecting and Implementing a Fall Protection System for

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.

Modular spreader beams offer modular span capabilities with a wide range of loading capacities. Modular spreader beams are flexible, which allows for the heaviest loads to be accommodated. Most spreader beams can be manually handled on-site, reducing the need for lifting equipment and saving assembly time. Lifting Gear Hire offers capacities ranging from 24 to 1,000 tons and spans ranging from 3 to 100 ft.

GM Engineering Services has released a video about the new optional remote web access feature of the HoistCam. Besides giving direct line-of-sight to the crane operation, the HoistCam remote web access feature allows managers and site supervisors to view the site from the HoistCam’s point of view from anywhere in the world.

NACB Inc. will present the 2013 Professional Development Conference this fall. The company has compiled experts from various segments of the crane, hoist and rigging, and safety and compliance industry to present, to attendees, including nformation that can be readily applied to our day-to-day operational needs.


CONEXPO-CON/AGG will represent an immense unveiling of all the newest equipment, technology and product breakthrough in construction. From earthshaking big iron to groundbreaking innovations, it's all assembled in one place to help you work smarter. CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014 -- If it's new, it's here!

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014 will feature:
• 2,400 exhibitors showcasing new products and technologies from for every major construction industry including asphalt, aggregates, concrete, earthmoving, lifting, mining, utilities and more.

The Crossover 2659ERT (and its taller sibling, the 3259ERT) scissor lift from powered access equipment manufacturer MEC Aerial Work Platform is the company's way of bringing the benefits of on-slab electric scissor lifts to the rough-terrain scissor lift market.

JLG's G12-55A telescopic handler offers 12,000-lb. maximum capacity with outriggers down or up. With outrigger support, the JLG forklift operator can lift 5,000 lbs. to its full 55-ft. maximum height, or provide 42-ft. forward reach with 3,500-lb. capacity. On tires alone, the JLG telehandler can lift 4,000 lbs. to a height of 55 ft., or 500 lbs. at 37-ft. forward reach.