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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Bob's Crane Service – Pg. 06 D.J. Scheffler & Nye, Inc. – Pg. 12

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Providing Exemplary Truck Crane Rental Services and Continuing to Build on 36 Years of Success in the Greater San Diego Area and Beyond







Years of Expertise and Diversified Equipment Fleet Elevates Them to the Top of the Deep Foundation and Drilling Construction Trade

Gets in on the Ground Floor of Construction on the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles








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Providing Exemplary Truck Crane Rental Services and Continuing to Build on 36 Years of Success in the Greater San Diego Area and Beyond ob’s Crane Service was established by its namesake, Bob Turner, back in 1983 with one used Bucyrus Erie 12-ton crane. He soon found work on the Interstate 8 and 67 interchange, a job that kept him busy for the next 18-months. While other crane companies were shuttering their businesses in the early 90s, Bob’s Crane Service was experiencing an upturn and began expanding his business by purchasing cranes at auctions. 6

Once heavily invested in the support of the tree industry, Bob began to shift his focus to the general engineering construction sector. He continued his impressive growth into the 2000s working on freeways like the I-15 and other high-profile projects such as Petco Park, numerous hotels and in the San Diego Gaslamp District. Bob Turner will be the first to tell you that the success of his 36-year-old crane business is 100% due to the wonderful

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and talented people he has been lucky enough to surround himself with. “I am so proud and privileged to have what I consider the best operators, estimators, and support people in the business,” says Turner. “A great example of this is one of our longest-term employees, Brad Ek , who just retired after 27 years of service to our company and 45 years in the industry. I want to thank everyone who has been there for me and this company for the past 36 years.

It has been a great ride and I look forward to many more years of success.” Bob’s Crane Service continues its impressive growth today with projects ranging from small one day HVAC lifts to large multi-crane projects that keep them busy for months and even years. The company is currently providing crane support on the Mid-Coast Transit Constructors (MCTC) project where they are expanding the San Diego Trolley service and specifically the Blue Line Trolley from the Santa Fe Depot in Downtown San Diego to the University City community, serving major activity centers such as Old Town, the University of California San Diego (UCSD), and Westfield UTC . The $1.2 billion MCTC project is a fullyintegrated joint venture of Stacy and Witbeck, Herzog, and Skanska. The job began in fall 2016 and will be complete in 2021. The work includes four miles of system upgrades to existing tracks, 11 miles of new tracks and the construction of nine new stations. The northern most four-mile section of light rail extension located in University City will be elevated, while the remaining seven miles will sit parallel to the existing San Diego Coaster Commuter rail service tracks. Bob’s Crane Service has been providing cranes as needed on the MCTC project for the past two years and will continue their work there for the next two years. “We are providing general crane support on the MCTC project that includes a lot of large rebar column work,” says Turner. “We are using our Grove 350-ton hydraulic crane out there and some of the 60,000 pound, 100-plus foot rebar column picks require two of our cranes. We are on and

Left: Bob's Crane Service has a large fleet of cranes available from 5-ton to 350-ton capacity. Shown here using their Link-Belt HTC-8640 40-ton crane at Naval Air Facility El Centro. Above: Bob's Crane Service shown lifting large rebar columns at the Mid-Coast Transit Constructors (MCTC) project in San Diego. Shown above is a Grove GMK6350 and a Grove GMK5275.

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Above: Bob's Crane Service picking up drill rig out of excavation pit on Ballpark Village project in San Diego. Above: Bob's Crane Service using their Link-belt HTC-8690 90-ton hydraulic crane on a project for McCarthy in San Diego.


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off of the project as needed and whenever the joint venture is in need of an extra crane.” Bob’s Crane Service is not always on such large and high-profile projects as the MCTC project, and many times it is a call for a crane to place an air conditioning unit. “We get calls to do all sorts of lifts and no job is ever exactly the same. We have even lifted cars, boats, helicopters, airplanes and other displays to the top of major San Diego hotel chains and that keeps it all fun and interesting,” says Turner. Another one of Bob’s Crane Service's regular gigs is for BAE Systems at the Naval yard in San Diego. “We seem to always have a few 90-ton and a 40-ton crane onsite to support ship repair work at the Naval Base and we are thankful for that consistent work,” says Turner. “We treat our customers well and always provide the same top-notch consistent service and that keeps them coming back to us time and time again.” Bob’s Crane Service also owes some of the success over the past 36 years to vendors like Nixon-Egli Equipment Company who provides them with sales and service on their Link-Belt cranes. “We have done business with NixonEgli for many years and their service and attention to detail is unsurpassed in our industry,” says Turner. “We have around 13 Link-Belt cranes in our fleet right now, ranging from 40 ton to 200 ton. We also have 12 Terex 40-ton units, as well as a Grove 350-ton and 275ton crane.” In all, Bob’s Crane Service offers a choice of 31 cranes from 5-ton to 350-ton capacity. “We will continue to grow with the market and purchase new cranes as needed [Continued on page 10]



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Left: Bob's Crane Service lowering placing a concrete vault box in San Diego. Far Left: Bob's Crane Service placing a car on a hotel in San Diego as part of a display for a conference. Below: More heavy rebar column lifts for Flatiron on a project in San Diego.

[Continued from page 8] or whenever a job or opportunity presents itself,” says Turner. “We have spent the past several years replacing our fleet with California Resource Board certified cranes and that has been a challenge to say the least. We will need to be fully compliant by the end of 2022 and that means having cranes 2013 or newer and for us, all Cummins engines.”


Bob’s Crane Service is a family business in the true sense of the word with Bob’s son, Ryan Turner serving as vice president and working as an operator, and his two grandsons, Ryan Turner Jr. and his daughter Angela’s, son Cyrus Fain, both in the apprenticeship program and soon to become journeyman operators. Bob’s Crane is a member of the Local 12

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D.J. Scheffler & Nye, Inc.’s Years of Expertise and Diversified Equipment Fleet Elevates Them to the Top of the Deep Foundation and Drilling Construction Trade By Brian Hoover


o say that Dale Scheffler is driven would certainly be an understatement. It almost seems that he has never been without a job, having more than a dozen employers before even finishing high school. He also followed in his father’s footsteps early on when he owned and operated his own window cleaning business. His interest in

construction got its jump-start during his sophomore year at Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights. He joined a two-hour class each day where the students were tasked with a contest on who could best design a home that would actually later be built and then auctioned off. Dale won the best design, and as the project coordinator, he began contacting

vendors for donations on building materials like lumber and windows. It was a very successful program that gave Dale his first taste of what being a contractor might be like. In the end they were unable to build and sell a house due to 22 percent interest rates at the time, so instead, he and his crew of students demolished and performed

Background: Tadano-Mantis GTC600 crawler crane working for D.J. Scheffler & Nye on a state park project in Newport Beach.


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tenant improvements on another structure they later turned in to an administration building. When the time came to begin attending college, Dale went to work for a concrete contractor instead, building foundations on projects like Industry Hills Country Club. He entered into the apprentice program and was the first of many to win and have his name put upon the Cement Apprentice Award Trophy, that is now highly coveted with a nationwide competition in all 50 states and Canada. “I got into the concrete business right out of high school in 1979 when I went to work for Eckert Brothers, I found myself doing side jobs within a couple of weeks under the name D.J. Scheffler Construction,” says Dale Scheffler. “I actually ended up working 40 to 50 weekends

a year on these side projects where I was building patios and driveways for private residents.” After three years of apprenticeship, Scheffler went to work for Ben F. Smith where he quickly began prepping to become a foreman. “I was young and was lucky to have the opportunity to learn from others that were a lot older and more seasoned than I was at the time,” continues Scheffler. “So, I really learned from what I considered to be the best in the business not really knowing just how valuable that would be down the road.” Scheffler eventually decided to go out on his own and officially went full-time on the last day of October 1985, just 3 ½ years after entering the concrete trade. His company grew quickly and initially focused on traditional concrete contracting work.

Before long, Scheffler began to see a need for a drill rig that could install piles on hillsides. He pursued this idea, and with the help of a brilliant friend and engineer, the hillside drilling rig became a reality, and the demand for his drilling expertise and new rig skyrocketed. The move from flat concrete work to the very specialized art of deep foundation drilling and shoring had been made, and it was a real game changer for Scheffler as he moved to hire more skilled personnel and engineers, as well as adding more equipment. By 1989, Scheffler was not only building, but also designing most of the projects, and along with this new direction, came a new name, D.J. Scheffler, Inc. Today, D.J. Scheffler is one of Southern California’s most active landslide contractors, with some

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Above: Dale Scheffler of D.J. Scheffler & Nye, Inc. with Gary Bach, Sales Representative, Coastline Equipment Crane Division and Neil Goodale, Division Manager, Coastline Equipment Crane Division. Right: Tadano-Mantis GTC-600 crawler crane purchased from Coastline Equipment Crane Division.

sort of landslide work on his books just about at all times. To put it in layman’s terms, Scheffler drills and excavates deep shafts to place steel rebar and concrete into deep cast in drilled holes (CIDH) on landslide stabilization projects throughout Southern California and beyond. “Our work requires the use of drilling rigs, cranes and other support equipment like excavators, skid steer loaders and dozers to place 10 to 100-foot pieces of rebar cages and I-beams that might weigh 4,000 pounds into deep holes along hillsides,” says Scheffler. “It is not easy work, but it is gratifying and knowing that we are one of the few contractors capable of doing this sort of work safely and correctly helps preserve a special niche for our company.” An excellent example of the kind of work Scheffler does would be an oceanside state park project that his company is on right now. “The job is a $3.4 million contract that we are on with one of the general contractors that we like to work with whenever 14

possible. It is an extensive restoration project for a coastal state park in Newport Beach that is renovating all of the historical vacation homes and structures in the park for families to further enjoy on their vacation to the beach. The slope or bluff in the state park does not currently meet the strict state standards, so D.J. Scheffler & Nye, along with the prime contractor, were brought in to stabilize the hillside, as well as build a concrete boardwalk. “This is a pretty unique job where we are building soldier piles to support the above roadway, as well as retaining wall piles with horizontal anchors and vertical piles. We are supporting the road and terrain above first so that the other trades can get in and begin their work on renovating the buildings and property,” says Scheffler. “We are drilling these soldier piles around 50 to 55 feet deep and then continuing to stabilize the slope as we work our way down. Every time we place a pile, it is like building a wall that will prevent potential future landslides.”

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D.J. Scheffler & Nye started the job at the beginning of January and is scheduled to be on-site for the next six months. Before their work is complete, Scheffler will go through around 3,000 lbs. of rebar and 3,500 yards of concrete that will all go into the hundreds of soldier piles that will be drilled along the 10-acre work area that stretches around a quarter mile in length. “Concrete and rebar can account for as much as two-thirds of the cost on many of our projects, and we go through around 4 million pounds of rebar and another 4 million cubic yards of concrete each year,” says Scheffler. “Those are big numbers, and it is actually more than many large concrete contractors utilize each year. We are always finding ways to reduce that amount, even if it means more drilling so that we can save our stakeholders money on those costly materials.” Scheffler points out that he regularly uses his own drilling method that he developed from strategies that have been successfully utilized in Europe for [Continued on page 16]



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[Continued from page 14] many years. “Instead of the CIDH (cast in drilled holes) method that presents water issues and requires the shafts to be kept open with hydrostatic pressure, we use the CFA (continuous flight auger) method where we take the auger and drill to the bottom of the pile elevation and pump concrete into the hole as we are pulling the auger out of the ground,” says Scheffler. “We then push the rebar through the concrete that has been manipulated with chemicals to remain fluid. This can all be done manually or with a computer that allows for close to perfect accuracy.” As if drilling hundreds of soldier piles, pouring concrete and then pushing rebar into holes in the ground is not enough, Scheffler is also faced with the challenge of getting his drilling machines and support equipment up on to the bluff and behind the beach dwellings on the park project so they can do their work. “It is very narrow and tight on this and many of the projects that we perform, says Scheffler. “Access is an issue on almost all of our jobs, so to mitigate this challenge, we use one or several of our cranes to lift the equipment up and over the obstacle and then in to place on the hillside where we can either bench in an operating area or use one of our hillside machines that I developed and manufactured several years ago.” Scheffler purchased a TadanoMantis GTC-600 66-ton rough terrain crane from Coastline Equipment Crane Division in Santa Ana specifically for this project. “We had built up enough revenue


to purchase the Tadano-Mantis crane, and we went with the Tadano-Mantis for its crawler tracks and tremendous reach capacity,” says Scheffler. “We are working right on the edge of the sand on the ocean, and you never know from one week to the next when you are going to need a track machine. We have several rubber tire RT cranes, but nothing works like tracks do in these wet, sandy and muddy environments. The Tadano-Mantis GTC-600 is also known for its duty cycle capabilities, which we also plan to take full advantage of in the future.” Scheffler explains that it takes some special skills to work around the tide and accurately pick your windows of opportunity and having the right support equipment makes all the difference. “Gary Bach at Coastline Equipment (Crane Division) has been my go-to guy for cranes and other equipment going back 30-plus years. I bought my first crane through him, which was a Grove 18-ton stiff neck without a swing cab, and I purchased around a dozen more from Gary over the years,” says Scheffler “He is a good friend and a terrific resource for our company, and I trust him and Coastline Equipment (Crane Division) for my crane needs.” This isn’t the first time that Dale Scheffler has dealt with Coastline Equipment. “I had my first experience with Coastline Equipment when they first started selling Trail King lowboy trailers years ago. I also rented a good amount of heavy construction

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equipment from them over the years, and they have always been extremely professional and treated me right,” says Scheffler. Scheffler currently has a sizable

inventory of cranes, excavators, skid steers, dozers, and drilling rigs. Their fleet of five cranes are all in the 40 to 50-ton range, and Scheffler’s drilling rigs range from their compact Davey Kent 525’s (3.5 ft. wide) for limited access areas, to their massive Soilmec 930 rigs, one of the largest of its kind in the United States. “There are many different disciplines in the drilling industry, and our machines are equipped to perform anywhere from a 4-inch to a 100-foot diameter shaft and down to depths beyond 100 feet,” says Scheffler. Most of the work that Scheffler does is private, and they can quite often be found working on multimillion-dollar mansions in areas like Malibu and Beverly Hills, Del Mar and Newport Beach. “We have 20 to 25 jobs going at any given time, and a $350,000 to $500,000 job at beachfront homes is fairly typical for our company,” says Scheffler. “We also do work for underground contractors

where we construct access and receiving shafts 60 to 80 feet deep with a secant pile wall design.” Scheffler says that one of the largest drills he ever did was on the Santa Maria River at Vandenberg Air Force Base where he drilled two 10-foot diameter piles, 192 feet deep without any casings. “Back in the day, all of the support came from water and fluid where they are now using pipe casings,” says Scheffler. “I think we poured 500 yards of concrete in one hole alone that day.” Another interesting job for Scheffler was when he designed and built all of the foundation work for the Legacy Skywalk project at the Grand Canyon. “We have been on so many fun and interesting project over the years and that is one of the things that keep this job interesting and why we will continue

to hire and train young, ambitious designers and engineers to keep the ball rolling into the future.” Times have not always been great for Dale Scheffler and his company, but he has always seemed to find a way to make it work. “We survived the Great Recession without too many issues, but a few years later, we took on a few projects with difficult contractors that made it really hard to make any money. Sometimes all it takes is one or two bad jobs to get you off track,” says Scheffler. “We rebounded and went through one more name change in 2016 to D.J. Scheffler & Nye, Inc., and we are now back to the numbers we saw back in 2007. We are actually in a better position than ever before, and things are really booming right now. As more contractors begin to attempt to do our type of specialty drilling work, we have found ourselves taking on more conventional

concrete work recently, and that has also proved to be a good and prosperous decision.” D.J. Scheffler & Nye, Inc. is a drilling contractor with more than 35 years experience in foundation, environmental and geotechnical drilling. The company holds a contractor's and/ or a specialty license in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Washington. They also offer services in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado via other Scheffler companies. With a completion rate of over 150 projects per year in both the public and private sectors, D.J. Scheffler & Nye can design and build jobs involving deep foundations, micropiles, underpinning, earth shoring, tiebacks, and rock anchors, retaining walls and slope repair. For more information on D.J. Scheffler & Nye, Inc., please visit their website at www.djscheffler. com or call their Pomona offices at (909) 595-2924. Cc Background: Tadano-Mantis GTC600 crawler crane lifting support equipment and other materials on project in Newport Beach.

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Gets In On The Ground Floor of Construction on The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles

Left: Link-Belt 140ton hydraulic crane supporting rebar crews at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles. Above Right: Aerial shot of Link-Belt 140ton hydraulic crane flying rebar at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles.

onstruction of The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is underway and set to open to the public in 2021. The 1 to 1.5 billion dollar museum will house the private art and memorabilia collections of George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson. Interestingly, the museum is directly across the street from the University of Southern California where Lucas attended film school and located at L.A.’s Exposition Park in Los Angeles. The museum will feature approximately 10,000 pieces of visual art, including material related to the “Star Wars” franchise, as well as other illustrations, comics and displays. The artwork and expositions will be designed to celebrate the power of visual storytelling, giving an insider’s perspective on the cinematic creative process and the boundless potential of the digital medium. The construction area was formerly occupied by two parking lots, located west of the National History Museum. When complete, the 300,000 square foot, 115 foot high, four-story museum will be split into two wings and include exhibition space on several levels, a library, classrooms, two state-of-the-art theaters, gift shop, café and impressive lobby area. There will also be 11-acres of public green space available for guests, as well as a massive subterranean garage for housing as many as 2,400 vehicles. Construction began in Spring 2018 and will continue for the next 2 ½ to 3 years. Crane Rental Service, Inc. (Crane Rental Service) is currently on site assisting with the construction of the subterranean garage and other foundation construction activities. Carl Johnson is the general manager for Crane Rental Service and he has been in the crane and rental equipment industry for 30-plus years. “We are currently working for the rebar contractor primarily flying millions of pounds of rebar into the hole

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Above: Crane Rental Service operating their Link-Belt 140ton crane at the Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) at LAX.


to help setup the foundations and footings for the nearly quarter-mile-long structure. We will move on to steel work soon and then work on and off for other subcontractors until the job is complete. It is a great job and we are proud to be a part of such an amazing new museum,” says Johnson. “The first floor of the museum will be around 25 to 30 feet above ground level with a massive courtyard and gardens at ground level.” Johnson points out that Crane Rental Service is providing a Link-Belt 140T truck crane and 90 RT to assist the tower cranes provided by Bragg Crane Service. “We are supplementing the tower cranes and although it is a massive project and there is a lot of material to move and handle, it is really a very straight forward job for us.” Crane Rental Service is always busy on numerous short term and long term projects each and every day. They are currently performing a large project at the Hyperion Sewage Plant in Los Angeles, and have been out at the Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) at LAX for the past year and a half with another 18-months remaining on the job. “We are extremely [Continued on page 22]

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Left & Above: Crane Rental Service working out at the Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) at LAX, where they hope to be doing more work in the near future.

diversified and spread out throughout Southern California and that is the way we like it. We are on a casino job right now in the Palm Springs area and will be providing hydraulic cranes for the Grand Parcel Q project in Los Angeles coming up this summer," says Johnson. “We recently had a crane out at LAX on the people mover project doing preliminary demolition work, and on HVAC jobs all across Southern California. I am really excited about the momentum and direction of our crane company right now as we were fortunate to see double digit growth in 2018. I have to say that as important as it is to have the best cranes and equipment, what really makes the difference is the people, and we simply have the best working here at Crane Rental Service.� Crane Rental Service was founded in 1965 by William (Bill) C. Foster and opened their Tempe, Arizona facility in 1983. They officially became a certified Woman Owned Small Business and have a large fleet of hydraulic


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cranes in a variety of sizes ranging from 30-ton boom trucks, 50, 90, 130 and 150-ton rough terrain cranes, as well as to 25 to 120ton hydraulic cranes. They also offer 175-ton to 450-ton all-terrain cranes, and all of their cranes and boom trucks are available on a long-term to hourly basis throughout Southern California. The most recently added a new Terex 40-ton crane and a Grove 110-ton crane to their fleet with a total of 27 cranes available for service anywhere from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Their operators are members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 12 and Local 428, and are all NCCCO and OECP certified. For more information on Crane Rental Service, please visit their website at www. or call their Orange headquarters at (714) 997-3100. Cc


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BRINGS YOU LOAD TESTING MADE EASY est weights are used in the periodic recertification of lifting equipment, but procuring the right test weight rental company can sometimes be a challenge. The State of California requires that proof load tests be carried out on new cranes before initial use and every four years thereafter. The law also states that cranes must be load tested after major modifications repairs to important structural components, as well as when certified equipment is out of service for six months or more beyond the due date of a certification inspection. Proof tests are based on the manufacturer’s load rating and the proof load tested should be performed as

close as possible to this weight, but not exceeding 110 percent of the load rating for the boom. Seth Hammond is no stranger to the crane rental or test weight business after owning Specialty Crane & Rigging from 1984 to 2013, when he sold to Bragg Companies. During his time in the crane rental business, Hammond began manufacturing his own test weights for use on his own dedicated fleet. Before long, other crane rental companies and general contractors began to inquire about using his test weights for their cranes. Hammond happily obliged and thus began a brand new business model for the long time entrepreneur.

Background: Specialty Equipment Corp. test lifting a rocket motor fixture.


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Hammond took notice that while there were very few test weight rental companies, the few that did exist were offering weights in an unorganized fashion. “Companies have been offering weights in various manners for years, but often they would just be chunks of concrete or steel and many times not the correct weight needed for the test lift,” says Hammond. “Others were offering bags that you could fill with water, but that has always been cumbersome and not ecologically friendly with all the water waste.” Hammond knew Above: Testing overhead crane for rocket payload assembly in clean room.

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Left: Specialty Equipment Corp. test lifting 56,000 pounds using a load spreader bar.

that there had to be a better way and so he eventually developed an adjustable system made up of 100 lb. to 5,000 lb. steel weights that can be bolted together in a series to allow for the testing of cranes, both large or small. “We offer weights for both hydraulic and conventional cranes, as well as overhead cranes and our system of easily adding or taking off weight has been very successful and efficient,” continues Hammond. “We have 500,000 lbs. of weights available for rent, available in weights as light as 100 pound increments. 150,000 pounds is currently located in Long Beach with the remaining weights available at our Santa Barbara and Santa Maria locations.” Specialty Equipment Corp. can have the desired weight combination delivered to jobsites, buildings or crane yards throughout Southern California. “I don’t believe that there is anyone offering this type of system or with as much weight availability anywhere in Southern California,” says Hammond. “We have three locations with the Long Beach yard being centrally located for service anywhere below Santa Barbara with minimal travel time.” For more information or to schedule a delivery, please call Specialty Equipment Corp. Test Weight Rental at (805) 967-7700 or Seth Hammond at (805) 866-2000. Cc 26

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ANY IDEAS? By Steve Cota, Patriot Risk & Insurance Services As an owner of a construction company you want all your employees to be safe on the job; however, accidents are going to happen in the construction industry: it’s just the nature of the business. Below are some ideas that can help improve safety with your organization. If these are implemented and enforced, then it will help decrease the frequency of accidents. I also included a new labor law going into place on January 1, 2020.

7. Training a. Make sure your employees are trained properly. b. Provide OSHA safety training for all Foreman/ Superintendents.

1. Fleet safety program a. Vehicles should be inspected weekly Tires/ Oil/Etc.) b. Accident Investigation Report in all vehicles for drivers to follow. c. Random drug tests for all drivers and equipment operators.

9. Accident Investigations a. Should be conducted immediately. b. Documentation should include photographs of the scene, employee statement including witnesses, etc.

2. Safety Manuel up to date a. Make sure all employees review and sign. b. Have both English and Spanish versions. c. Review Annually to make sure it’s up to date. 3. Injury Illness and Prevention Program a. Review annually to make sure it is up to date. b. Make sure the information in there only pertains to the work you do. 4. Updated Subcontractor agreement a. Enforce with all subcontractors. You don’t want to be liable for them on the job. 5. New hire orientation a. Check references, pre-employment physicals. b. Training for job-specific orientation and close monitoring. 6. Safety Meetings. a. Conduct meetings regularly. b. Makes sure they are documented and each employee signs in.

8. Safety and Personal Protective Equipment a. Make sure it is available, enforced and being used.

New California Law Requires Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Supervisors and Non-Supervisors Senate Bill 1343 requires that California employers with at least 5 employees must provide sexual harassment training to all supervisory and non-supervisory employees in California by January 1, 2020. At least 2 hours of training for supervisors and 1 hour of training for non-supervisors is required every two years thereafter, as specified by the new law. If you have any questions or need samples of any of the above, please feel free to contact me anytime. Cc Steve Cota, CRIS, directs the Construction Program for Patriot Risk & Insurance Services in Irvine, California. For more information regarding the above or any other insurance-related questions, he may be reached at (949) 486-7947 or

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NEW NEXT GENERATION CAT® 120 MOTOR GRADER DESIGNED TO ELEVATE PRODUCTION AND LOWER COSTS The new Cat® 120 Motor Grader offers the options to tailor the machine to customer preferences and applications. The Cat C7.1 engine uses up to 15 percent less fuel when paired with the standard ECO mode. Get unprecedented comfort in the all new cab. New filtration technology saves customers up to 15 percent in maintenance costs. Choose between steering wheel/lever or joystick controls, tandem or all-wheel drive and a range of scalable grade control technologies. The ground-up redesign of the all new cab unveils enhanced visibility with connecting rear windows, seat options, and new information display screen. Scalable Cat GRADE technologies provide grade control options for customers with different application

requirements and budgets— but all aimed at allowing operators to work faster and more accurately for increased productivity. Cat GRADE technologies include Cross Slope, Cross Slope Indicate, Digital Blade Slope Meter, and the Attachment-Ready Option, which integrates with grade control technologies. In addition, the optional Stable Blade system automatically slows the machine if the grade will be adversely affected by machine bounce.

When selecting the all-wheel drive option, the net power range is 145-189 horsepower (108-141 kW). Standard tandem power range is from 139 to 165 horsepower (104 to 123 kW). The all-wheel-drive system provides a front wheel only creep mode for precise grading. The allwheel drive option assists with traction and maneuvering in loose material. The increased power handles rough terrain for better productivity. From rippers to blades, expand the versatility of the machine by utilizing a variety of Cat Attachments. Each one is designed to fit the needs for improved performance, safety, and stability. For added operator safety, the standard secondary-steering system automatically activates should main-pump pressure drop. Cc

VOLVO CE LAUNCHES NEW GENERATION OF COMPACT EXCAVATORS The E-Series compact excavators by Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) provide the agility and go-anywhere flexibility to squeeze themselves into the tightest of spaces. The EC15E, EC18E and EC20E are small but tough models that replace the previous D‑Series of excavators, while the shortswing ECR18E is a new addition to Volvo CE's compact range. The EC18E and EC20E take performance to a new level, with a 13 per cent increase in tractive force and respectively 2,130kg 28

and 3,120kg of combined digging forces. Their lifting capacity has increased by an average of 22 percent at the front compared to the D-Series they replace, plus an extra 7 percent at the side on the EC20E.

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The ECR18E is an entirely new model and features a shortswing design. The ultra-short tail design gives it the smallest radius in the Volvo range. The unit is highly stable all through 360° of superstructure swing, and its variable undercarriage can retract to just 995mm or expand to 1,352mm. Ideal for working on congested jobsites, the new Volvo compact excavators comprises seven short swing radius models, ranging from 1.7 to 9.5 tons. Cc

NEW JOHN DEERE L-SERIES UTILITY WHEEL LOADERS PRIMED TO TAKE JOB SITES BY STORM After much anticipation and countless hours of product development, John Deere unveils three powerful and productive L-Series utility wheel loaders. The 524L, 544L and 624L offer customers an intuitive solution, ideal for projects that require agility and versatility on the job site or farm. Designed with the operator in mind, the L-Series machines incorporate several new features, including improved cabs for more comfort and visibility, electrohydraulic (EH) loader controls for easier operation and redesigned nearparallel linkage, and enhanced performance buckets. The most notable of changes to the L-Series from their K-Series predecessors

is the improved cab, which is roomier and more comfortable, offering more functional storage and floor space. The optional premium heavy-duty air suspension seat is heated, ventilated and designed to offer additional legroom. The HVAC performance is also enhanced, now including rear defrost, increasing air flow while reducing noise. Three standard 12-volt auxiliary power ports

in the cab enable the operator to charge multiple devices. Optional remote-heated, adjustable mirrors increase job site visibility. The 524L, 544L and 624L are available with optional High Lift (HL) and High Lift Plus (HL Plus) selections; there is also a tool carrier option on the 524L and 624L models. The HL Plus option features hinge pin heights that are 12 to 13 inches higher than current HL pin heights, allowing the operator to dump into higher trucks or wagons. The tool carrier option provides the best centerline visibility to the coupler or forks. It is ideal for customers handling materials, like pallets, pipe or logs, where centerline visibility is important. Cc

LINK-BELT ADVANCES ON ALL-TERRAIN FRONT Link-Belt introduces the newest member to its all-terrain crane lineup, the 175-ton 175|AT. Building on the success of its predecessors and designed with a philosophy of continuous improvement, this five axle 175|AT is Link-Belt’s most versatile and compact design yet. Loaded with features and a dramatic new look to match, the 175|AT is positioned to meet the demands and expectations of customers in all markets across the globe. Link-Belt is introducing Pulse 2.0 to the driver’s cab with a 7-inch full color, touch screen display that doubles as the monitor for the Vision camera

package. Pulse 2.0 continuously monitors carrier operations that include engine and transmission data, tire pressures and temperatures, suspension cylinder pressures, and even alerts the driver that the crane is ready for transport in dolly configuration. A 535 hp Cummins QSX15 will power the 175|AT, leveraging

the long-term success of LinkBelt’s single engine hydraulic truck cranes. In a decisive effort to manage critical factors like weight and multi-functioning power, it was a clear choice to continue the single engine philosophy to this five-axle allterrain with best-in-class power. A class leading 15-liter Cummins QSX15 tier 4 final off-highway engine provides an abundance of power to run carrier and craning functions. The 175|AT is standard full time 10X8X10 drive with on-highway speed-dependent steering and five jobsite travel steering modes. Cc

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SPECIALTY TEST WEIGHT RENTAL Offers 600,000 lbs (300 tons) in various modular configurations to offer the most versatility in weight-to-size configurations. From load testing equipment for annual certifications to initial fabrication integrity, we have got you covered. We also provide trucking to and from your job site.

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Tips to Sizing Your Excavator

The primary purpose of every excavator is Digging. So, go into the buying process with a complete understanding of your common job sites and the depths you’ll need to reach. Consider the choice of a longer arm or even a long reach excavator. If the breakout forces and lift capacities meet your needs, you don’t always need to go up in size to get the depth, just a machine with a longer reach.



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