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24 Crane Days By the Lift and Access Staff Lift and Access reviewed six boom trucks for the first time at the 2009 Equipment Showcase, which took place last November at the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Largest Stock of Aerial Lift Equipment – Buy – Sell – Appraise – Inspect – Ship

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News & Reviews New Products Accident Alert Web Watch Industry Tips

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Editor's Page Katie Parrish

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Altec AC35-127S Terex RS70100 Tadano TM-35100 Manitex 5096S Elliott H50150 National NBT50

Features 22 Show Preview Promoting Crane Safety & Technology With an agenda full of quality information and networking opportunities, the Crane & Rigging Conference and Reach Expo 2010 are must-attend events.

Discovering Productivity in an Ash Cloud

33 Application Taking Materials to the Next Level

Safety Talk

Compact telehandlers offer maneuverability and flexibility in a wide variety of applications, including construction, agriculture, and landscaping.

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Chris Carmolingo

An Industry Perspective on Safety Best Practices

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A broad range of software provides greater productivity and tracking abilities for lifting equipment owners and managers.

Upcoming Articles • RT Articulating Boom Lifts

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Katie Parrish


aking a trip to Europe last month—and subsequently becoming one of the hundreds of thousands of people stranded as airspace was closed due to ash from Iceland’s now infamous Eyjafjallajokull Volcano eruption—I was reminded by how reliant we are on technology, as well as how much Mother Nature still rules our present way of life no matter how advanced we’ve become. Despite delays caused by the natural world, our connection with high technology did make the burden easier for displaced travelers. For those moving throughout Europe, many were able to find and book other means of transportation like rental cars, buses, ferries, and trains through internet connections. Those like me who had what felt like indefinitely postponed transatlantic flights were able to stay in touch with the office throughout the week through Wi-Fi and Blackberries. As a full-time telecommuter already, the only real difference for me was the disparity in Western European and Central time zones.

“In these instances, take the time to reflect on your current work processes and learn to become more productive.” In these instances, there are opportunities to reflect on your current working processes and learn to become more productive. For example, at my home office, I use two 21-inch widescreen monitors that really enhance multi-tasking. I keep email and the internet open on one while I have two or three applications running on the other. But back on the single, 14-inch laptop monitor, I actually felt more productive by nixing the email and internet screen. Extenuating circumstances aren’t required to review your productivity. Every day, lifting equipment owners adopt new technology. LiFT



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Whether it is for tracking equipment or recordkeeping, software advancements allow equipment owners to manage costs by keeping tabs on labor hours and service tasks. Software also can increase productivity and safety by preplanning entire projects before the first lift is made. With A1A Software’s 3D Lift Plan suite, for example, new components have been added to develop multi-crane lifts and include advanced rigging, such as shackles, master links, hooks, and lifting lugs, into the design. Recognizing how much lift planning tools increase safety and improve productivity, ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. makes the internet-based 3D Lift application available on all onboard crane computers in its fleet. Read more about productivity-enhancing software in “The Data Plan” starting on page 36. But how do equipment owners learn about new technology? Tradeshows and exhibitions often display the industry's latest wares, and the upcoming Crane & Rigging Conference, which will be held May 26-27 in Houston, Texas, is no exception. Leading experts will share RFID case studies and teach ways to develop a critical lift plan. Additionally, a panel is scheduled to take place that will discuss telematics and how this technology is being implemented on cranes. Crane owners, manufacturers, telematic suppliers, and an attorney are slated to take part on this panel. CRC also will be held in conjunction with Reach Expo 2010. This two-day exposition allows suppliers of rigging gear, training services, software products, and other crane-related components and accessories to show their latest products and services. Full details on CRC and Reach Expo 2010 are on page 22. For those of you who were also stuck thousands of miles from home, I hope your travels brought you safely home and you were able to take the opportunity to reflect on your work practices and productivity while working away from the office. ■



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Classic Trojan. Intelligently Reϔined. Every once in a while a classic design inspires new ideas. Introducing T2 Technology – Trojan’s next generation of deep cycle advancement. Inspired by the rugged durability, outstanding performance and long life that you’ve come to expect from our batteries, Trojan’s T2 Technology is battery technology intelligently refined to deliver even greater performance. Specifically engineered to handle the tough working environments of today’s aerial and access applications, Trojan’s T2 Technology features a series of improvements that deliver greater maximum sustained performance, long life and increased total energy. A newly fortified Maxguard® T2 Separator provides superior protection against failures caused by separator degradation, extending the life of your Trojan batteries and lowering your operating costs. Our Alpha Plus® Paste with Trojan’s patent-pending T2 metal agent increases both sustained capacity and total overall ampere-hours resulting in more operating power for your application and maximum hours of operation. Trojan’s T2 Technology – Experience why no other battery performs like a Trojan.

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SAFETY TALK An Industry Perspective on Safety Best Practices Chris Carmolingo


he equipment rental business is risky. Every time aerial lifts are used, the jobsite should have a safety plan in place. Understanding this, Trico Lift, Millville, N.J., made a commitment six years ago to make safety our No. 1 goal. We knew that safeguarding people was a very serious responsibility and doing what we could to meet that responsibility would distinguish us as a leading aerial work platform provider. Since adopting this philosophy, Trico Lift has been devoted to the idea that “every life counts.” This simple reference sums up why the company's primary goal is the health and well being of our employees and customers. In today’s challenging times, with time and money at such a premium, safety in our industry can be negatively impacted. Now more than ever, we all must be cognizant of our risk management and prevention efforts. We have to keep our eye on the ball. Below are several ideas Trico Lift has employed to manage safety effectively.

To ensure the integrity of any safety program, the policies or practices should be reviewed and updated on a regular basis to adapt to newly identified risks and circumstances. Written rules and regulations help communicate safe work practices, general safety instructions, and emergency response and preparedness. In other words, they document the way things should be done. Most importantly, established policies and practices make every employee in the organization accountable for reducing and avoiding risks.

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Risk prevention begins with routine monitoring. Job Site Analysis (JSA) and inspections are a way of life for Trico Lift, and they’re the quintessential practice involved in a good risk prevention program. The JSA program helps build upon the safety commitment. The practice is simple, and everyone can Trico Lift not only relies on operator safety instruction for providing safe working environ- do it. The goal of a JSA is to devise the correct ments, it also analyzes jobsites, complies with and safest plan for performing any work task industry standards, and manages equipment. or new process. Reviewing the safest way to perform a job task in advance enables you to Leading safety reduce or eliminate the hazards involved. By establishing and recording Our commitment to making safety our No. 1 goal has been solidified at JSAs for routine—and not so routine—tasks, you can establish and reguthe officer’s level with Steve Phillips, vice president for health, safety, and larly update the safety policies you expect everyone to adhere to. the environment, leading the effort. Phillips, a former safety manager for Halliburton/KBR, has established formal safety policies and compliance Maintaining compliance efforts at Trico Lift with full support from the executive group and our Auditing and inspecting should be second nature to any lift provider. board of directors. Trico Lift strives to have each piece of equipment safe and always in 100 Trico Lift has found that making an executive officer accountable for percent compliance by meeting industry guidelines. safety is the most effective means of creating a culture of safety. In our With ANSI 92 standards and manufacturer requirements as your business, the administration of safety and training programs by a qualiguide, each unit should be inspected every 90 days. Through an electronic fied leader is often necessary and speaks to the commitment of safety equipment management system, or even a handwritten one, you’ll be able from all levels of the company. to track equipment maintenance history and identify units due for maintenance and inspection. Should an inspection reveal a non-compliance Chris Carmolingo, executive vice president of Trico Lift, Millville, N.J., has manissue, the safest decision is to take the unit in question out of service— aged virtually all aspects of equipment rentals, retail sales, and leasing funcregardless of activity. tions during his 14 years with the company. He is credited with having established the company’s formal marketing and sales functions. His responsibilities include the overall management of day-to-day operations, safety, marketing, and all customer services connected to the company’s rentals, sales, leasing, parts and services. He reports to Ken Pustizzi, Trico Lift CEO and President. LiFT



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Equipment management Whether a company has four or 4,000 aerial lifts, a routine equipment maintenance program not only ensures safer operation of the equipment

Return on investment In some instances, safety pre-qualifications are required to provide aerial work platform services to the end user. By administering thorough policies based on clearly defined procedures for safe work practices and regularly auditing your practices, your experience modification rate (EMR), which is often part of bid pre-qualifications, can be lowered. A company’s EMR indicates its level of worker’s compensation claims, and with this lowered, you’re eligible for more business. Steve Phillips, Trico's vice president for health, And isn’t reducing costs and increasing profits safety, and environment, leads the safety effort. why we’re all in business? but also a healthier return on your investment. The ANSI Safety in the aerial lift market is no difstandards provide minimum tasks while the manufacturferent than safety in any other market. It takes er’s scheduled requirements serve as the real checklist for commitment from the top and increased thorough inspections. awareness and understanding. Harm of any It’s also important that people know your equipment is kind, especially injury or death, must be avoided at all costs. However, well-maintained checked for safety purposes. For example, Trico Lift has machines, decreases in workers’ compensachosen to create and place decals on every unit it owns. tion costs, lower workers’ liability insurance This is a simple practice that can attest to the integrity premiums, increased productivity, and reof any equipment management program. The decals are duced lost work time are added returns on clearly visible on each unit and serve as a public record of your investment. Safety is truly an investment the unit’s inspection history. Decals are updated each time Decals serve as a record of the worth making. ■ they’re checked by a field technician. unit’s inspection history.


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ATLAS II machines will supplement the 2,500 original ATLAS units being utilized by the U.S. Army in operations around the world.

and the Mid-Atlantic,” said Lee Styslinger, III, president and CEO of Altec. “Morse has a wellestablished reputation for producing reliable, quality products for over 125 years. They have been a leading supplier of aerial device equipment for the utility industry, and their modern final assembly plant in Massachusetts will be an excellent complement to Altec’s comprehensive network of manufacturing and service facilities located throughout the United States and Canada.”

Altec Acquires Morse Manufacturing

Snorkel Brings Pop-Up Products to U.S. Market

Altec Northeast LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Altec, Birmingham, Ala., has finalized the acquisition of certain assets of Morse Manufacturing of Sterling, Mass. Altec plans to continue utilizing Morse’s facility in Sterling, Mass., for final assembly of truck-mounted aerial lifts, digger derricks, cranes, and bodies for customers located in New England and Mid-Atlantic states. “This acquisition provides Altec with a unique opportunity to offer additional choice and value to our customers in New England

Snorkel International, Elwood, Kan., is bringing the ultra compact Pop-Up aerial work platform to the U.S. market. The Pop-Up Products typically weigh less than 1,500 pounds, cost between $4,000 and $10,000, and are configured in push-around or self-propelled styles. “Pop-Up is a name recognized for its market experience, product knowledge, and a proven track record in innovation in low-level personal access and is the ideal brand under which to market these personal access products worldwide,” said Darren Kell, CEO of the Tanfield

JLG Receives Contract from U.S. Army JLG Industries, McConnellsburg, Pa., has received two orders from the U.S. Army to build 311 JLG All Terrain Lifter Army System (ATLAS II) telescopic forklifts. The first shipments valued at approximately $51 million are slated to support U.S. Army logistics in Afghanistan. “The ATLAS II telescopic forklift can reach over obstacles to place loads, weighing up to 10,000 pounds, into trucks or shipping containers,” said Denny Buterbaugh, JLG’s vice president—government products and programs. “The tremendous versatility of these rugged machines, combined with their exceptional rough-terrain capability and JLG’s history of quality performance in the field were three of the factors why the U.S. Army chose JLG for its rough-terrain material-handling equipment needs.” ATLAS II rough-terrain forklifts boast significant performance enhancements over the original ATLAS design. These improvements include reduced emissions and the addition of several multifunctional attachments. The

Lifts in Action

Military Aircraft Maintenance Last fall, Lift-A-Loft Corp., Muncie, Ind., began delivering its Mobile Man Lift to the Naval Air Warfare Center in Lakehurst, N.J., for the U.S. Marine Corp. The initial order was for 31 units, followed by another order for 35 additional units. Lift-A-Loft designed the new product specifically to support maintenance operations on the V-22 Osprey, a tiltrotor aircraft manufactured by Bell Boeing. The Mobile Man Lift (MML) was developed to be a lightweight, easily deployable scissor lift that could access many points on the V-22 for use on land or ships. The unit had to be very maneuverable, durable, simple to operate, and maintain. A great deal of consideration was give to how today’s military functions and what the maintenance needs are for the V-22. The USMC’s MV-22 version of the Osprey recently completed an 18-month deployment, support combat operations in Iraq and is currently undergoing its first amphibious deployment aboard the USS Bataan. While the Marines are the largest operator of the V-22, the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command also flies this one of a kind aircraft. The MML’s 750-pound capacity platform has 24 inches of side-to-side traverse plus a 3-foot forward extension. This allows maintainers to position in hard to reach places, such as around the rotor. Maximum lift height is 19'2". “The MML can effectively perform the work of two or three common military stands that are employed for a variety of different access needs,” said William Fulton, CEO of Lift-A-Loft. Other features include Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) shields so that the MML can be used aboard ship or in other locations where EMI-protected equipment is essential. Also to meet shipboard requirements, the unit remains stable while operating at an 11° tilt. The operating system can function with either 24 VDC power or 110 VAC. The battery pack provides up to 80 full lift cycles before the 20 percent lift interrupt feature engages. While plugged into an 110-volt source, the unit will recharge until a control function is engaged. Finally, extensive environmental testing demonstrated that the unit maintains reliability in the most adverse conditions. and

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Seeking: LLEAP Award Judges Are you in tune with the latest equipment introductions? Can you recognize what it takes for a product to be innovative and beneficial to the industry? Do you want to voice your opinions on new products and how they will influence the industry? Then apply today to be a LLEAP Awards judge! The objective of the Leadership in Lifting Equipment and Aerial Platforms (LLEAP) Award is to recognize products, accessories, or design concepts that are considered innovative and/or have advanced the state of the lift and access industry. LLEAP entries are sorted into five categories, encompassing each area of lift and access equipment and their related components. These categories include Aerial Work Platforms, Cranes, Material Handlers, OEM-developed Features/Essential Components, and Aftermarket Support Products and Services. 2 0 1 0


Once all entries have been collected, LLEAP Judges will be sent ballots in order to rate the products in each category for which they are qualified to judge, providing a score for each machine in the category. Additionally, judges are to provide comments or additional explanation on their ratings for the products. Estimated time spent judging the LLEAP Awards is three hours per year. Ideal Judges would have: • Five years or more experience with aerial lifts, forklifts, cranes and/or components in the North American rental market; • Experience as a technician, consultant, safety, sales, equipment rental or similar position. Judges should not currently market a particular brand; • An opinion about new products introduced in the industry; and • An interest to express these opinions in writing. If you are interested in becoming a part of this unique opportunity, please contact Katie Parrish, editor of Lift and Access, at or (480) 241-5625.







treme anufacturing has the largest selection of Telescopic Handlers with the power to lift from 6,000 to 30,000 lbs. and as high as 67 Feet. Xtreme telehandlers feature world-class 360° visibility, heavy-duty long-life rollers, intuitive operator controls, dual hydraulic cylinders, power shift transmission and standard quick attach. For more information call (800) 497-1704.

Group, owner of Snorkel International. “By leveraging Snorkel’s expertise in product development, manufacturing, and sales and distribution in the United States, we can develop Pop-Up to be the dominant force in low-level, personal access and take maximum advantage of our fast track product development programme.” Nigel Woodger, managing director of PopUp Products, said that working with Snorkel is a match made in heaven. “By leveraging Snorkel’s expertise in U.S. sales and distribution, we can take jointly-developed products into North America and be the dominant force in low-level, personal access,” he said.

World's Highest Reach

In the March-April edition of Lift and Access, the phone number for Valla Cranes was listed incorrectly. The company’s correct contact information is:


Valla North American Sales Office 8616 La Tijera Blvd., Suite 512 Los Angeles, CA 90045 (310) 846-5900 • XR1267




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News & Reviews

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Palfinger Buys Aerial Lift Maker

Skyjack Adds Service Portal to Website

The Palfinger Group, Salzburg, Austria, announced it has acquired an 80-percent stake in Equipment Technology LLC, Oklahoma City, Okla. The U.S. company primarily produces and distributes aerial lifts. With a staff of about 190, ETI generated revenues of approximately $45 million in 2009, making it one of the top players in the field of aerial lifts in the North American market. The aerial lift business accounts for the majority of the revenues generated by ETI. The company’s growth also has been supported by the 2007 acquisition of a majority interest in service crane OEM Ideal Crane. The products are distributed via direct sales and supported by a nationwide network of independent service outlets and ETI field service employees. ETI previously was majority family-owned, and the former owners will continue to run the company after Palfinger’s acquisition. ETI will remain a largely independent business unit within Palfinger North America.

Skyjack, Guelph, Ontario, has added a customer-friendly technical service portal to its website. Tech Talk will feature informative detailed overviews on various topics related to equipment operation, scheduled or recommended maintenance, troubleshooting, and other technical product information. As an extension of Skyjack’s service and support, Tech Talk will provide updated and current information on a regular basis. Skyjack’s product specialists and maintenance specialists will offer useful and detailed information to its customers. “We are very proactive about our level of technical support we provide to our customers,� said Chuck Berls, director of customer support. “Any information we are able to expand on and provide as a value add to our customers is definitely a philosophy we wish to remain diligent about moving forward.�

This strategic step enables Palfinger to enter the North American aerial lift market with local products. The strategic partnership opens up significant synergies with the existing U.S. business. As a result of this cooperation, the consolidated revenues of the Palfinger Group will increase by about 6 percent, and the share in revenues contributed by North America will rise from previously 12 percent to about 18 percent.

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Working heights over 300 ft. Horizontal reach over 102 ft. Platform capacity to 1500 lbs Insulated and non-insulated models available

Reachmaster Extends Basic/Denka and Falcon Product Warranty Reachmaster, Kingwood, Texas, announced at The Rental Show it has doubled the standard warranty period of its Basic/Denka and Falcon product lines from one to two years. Both the Basic/Denka and Falcon product lines are popular in facility maintenance tasks. Basic/Denka lifts are available from 66- to 86-foot platform heights, and the Falcon units feature an exclusive double jib system to reach platform heights of 79 to 166 feet, depending on the model. ReachMaster’s new program includes bumper-to-bumper coverage to demonstrate the reliability of these products to its customers. According to the company, this is the first warranty extension of its kind within the compact lift industry. “Having sold the Basic/Denka and Falcon product lines in the United States for more than a decade has allowed us to fine tune areas of common warranty issues and re-evaluate key components,� said Ebbe Christensen, president of ReachMaster. “We’ve always been innovators of the compact lift market, and now we’re leading the way in customer service.�


• Coordinated Wire Rope & Rigging, Wilmington, Calif., has appointed Bo Kentner as its operations manager. He will manage the day-to-day operations for the 58-year-old company, as well as the sales and marketing for the Coordinated Companies group. Kentner has more than 30 years of sales and management experience in the rigging industry.

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• Steve Shaughnessy, president of Canada-based manufacturer Skyjack Inc., was elected president of the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) at its annual general meeting in March. He succeeds John Ball of Height for Hire Ireland and brings with him more than 25 years of experience in the access business. The first U.S. citizen to lead IPAF, Shaughnessy will serve a two-year term.

• Systems Material Handling, Olathe, Kan., has named Mark Fanelli, the new regional manager of business development for the company’s western region, which includes Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, California and Oregon. He will be responsible for customer business development needs, as well as outside sales.

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• Jeff Black has been named the Canadian national sales manager for Palfinger North America. Black’s area of responsibility will include managing all Canadian crane, forklift, and Palfinger American Roll-off dealers. as well as providing additional support to key account sales in Canada. He has been with Palfinger since 1995 and will continue to base his activities out of the Niagara Falls, Ontario, location.

• The Haulotte Group has named Michael Kuharik as the company’s North American Zone Manager. Kuharik replaces Jeff Ott, who is leaving the company but assisting with the transition for a short time. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Kuharik most recently held the position of general manager for Emerson Climate Technologies in Ontario, Canada.


JCB Names Southeast Dealer JCB, Pooler, Ga., announces that Tampa, Fla.-based Yale Lift Trucks of Florida and Georgia has become a full-line dealer. The new division will be named JCB of Florida and South Georgia and will remain under the same ownership and management as Yale Lift Trucks of Florida and Georgia. The company will service JCB customers from its four existing locations in Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville, Fla., and Tifton, Ga. Both JCB and Yale Lift Trucks of Florida and Georgia are familyowned and -operated businesses, which attracted Yale Lift Trucks CEO, A.D. “Sandy” MacKinnon, to JCB. “The culture at JCB is very similar to the culture we have at Yale Lift Trucks,” said MacKinnon. “Being a familyowned business, we believe in the same principles of hard work, cooperation and quick decisions.”

Hirschmann Appoints Brazilian Premier Dealer

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Hirschmann Automation and Control (PAT), Chambersburg, Pa., has named Alfatec Solutions of Itapevi, Sao Paulo, as its premier dealer in Brazil. Alfatec Solutions is a full-service dealer, carrying Hirschmann’s entire line of PAT and Krueger crane operator aids. These systems include load moment indicators, wireless and hard-wired indicators, and anti-two block systems. Alfatec Solutions specializes in crane service and is trained to install and service Hirschmann’s systems. Alfatec’s experienced team brings years of technical expertise to the crane market in Brazil. ■ and

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New Products

Highlights of the latest lifting equipment and component introductions.

Absolute E-Z UP Portable AWPs Absolute E-Z Up, Charleston, S.C., has introduced the availability of the IAWP-9.6, ISP-11, and the IAWP-15 aerial work platforms. The IAWP-9.6 provides a 0° inside turning radius and offers 397 pounds of unrestricted capacity on its dual extension decks. Twin 12-volt batteries ensure more than 250 lift cycles or more than 7 miles of driving. Weighing only 1,212 pounds, the unit may be used on a variety of floor surfaces. The ISP-11 aerial lift is designed to make inventory and product placement easier in warehouse, production, and retail markets. It maintains a 57-inch outside turning radius and allows the platform to rotate a complete turn on its axis. Measuring 31.8" x 61.4" and offering a 287-pound platform capacity and 35 percent gradeability, the ISP-11 can be easily operated in locations with high-density shelving systems and congested aisles. The ISP-11 is built with an aluminum alloy column, eliminating the need for annual chain inspections. The mast does not require greasing, which allows it to be used in supermarkets or food processing plants where hygienic operation is important. The IAWP-15 mast lift features a 15-foot platform height, an unrestricted platform capacity of 617 pounds, 35 percent gradeability to climb up ramps or over beavertails into trucks, vans, pickup beds, and a 0° turning radius. It also has a tow hook for roll-back trucks while operating via the removable platform control box. Powered by four six-volt, 180 Ah marine-grade Trojan deep-cycle batteries, the IAWP-15 can perform more than 400 lift cycles or drive more than 5.5 miles, working well beyond typical single and double work shifts. A large LCD readout on the ground module provides system diagnostics and status. All three machines have 10-year warranties on the mast and cylinder, five-year warranties on all components, and one-year non-prorated warranties on batteries. Plus the models are painted using a powder-coat painting process and use biodegradable fluid, eliminating costly lubricants and oil changes.

Crosby Shackle and Chain Accessory Series The Crosby Group, Tulsa, Okla., has introduced the new forged alloy steel 2169 Series shackles, as well as several new Grade 8/10 chain accessories. The shackles in the 2169 Series have the same attributes as Crosby’s 2160 “Wide Body” shackles but with a screw pin design. The company’s new S-1311N chain shortener series has a compact, ergonomic design for quicker attachment and is designed to eliminate crowding around the master link. The 2169 Series shackles significantly improve the life of wire rope slings and can be used to connect high-strength round slings, synthetic round slings, and wire rope slings. The increase in shackle bow radius provides a minimum 58 percent gain in sling bearing surface, according to Crosby product information, and a 15-percent minimum increase in usable sling strength. The 2169 Series is available in 7.75-, 13.78-, and 20-ton capacities, as well as a galvanized or self-colored finish. Among Crosby’s new chain accessory introductions, the A-342W master link series, with an enlarged inside dimension, allows additional room for the sling hardware and crane hook. The L-1338 and L-1358 grab hooks are designed with a spring-loaded latch lock system that keeps the chain in place under slack conditions. And the new S-1327 and L-1327 eye sling hooks have new hook dimensions better suited for chain sling applications, as well as a significantly larger throat opening on most sizes. and

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Gehl RS Series Telehandlers Gehl Co., West Bend, Wis., has introduced the RS10-55 and RS12-42 telescopic handlers to its RS Series line-up. The RS10-55 telescopic handler has a rated lift capacity of 10,000 pounds and a maximum lift height of 55 feet. The RS12-42 boasts a rated lift capacity of 12,000 pounds and a maximum lift height of 42 feet. The booms on RS10-55 and RS12-42 telescopic handlers have a welded box-section design. Maximum operating capacity is achieved with standard outriggers on the RS10-55 and without the use of outriggers on the RS12-42. Outriggers are optional on the RS12-42 for added stability. The patented Personnel Work Platform (PWP) Safety System is available as an option on both new models. A rear-axle stabilizer system improves stability by locking the rear axle in position whenever the boom is raised more than 60°, if the parking brake is applied, or the PWP system is activated. The RS10-55 and RS12-42 telehandlers are powered by a turbocharged 115-hp diesel engine. Both are equipped with a fourspeed power-shift transmission, three steering modes, and a quick-attach tool mounting system.

Genie Boom Lifts Terex Aerial Work Platforms, Redmond, Wash., is offering Genie telescopic boom models with greater platform capacities within a restricted outreach. The Genie S-60X, S-60XC, S-60 Trax, and S80X will feature restricted platform capacities up to 1,250 pounds and 500 pounds of unrestricted capacities. The increased capacity allows up to three occupants in the platform, which can enhance productivity. Other benefits of these units include a ramped boom control system, which provides smooth boom functions due to angle sensors and limit switches. A virtual pivot primary boom aligns the machine’s center of gravity, resulting in lower machine weight. Fixed width axles provide faster setup time, increasing jobsite productivity, while active oscillating axles provide superior traction increasing jobsite access and productivity.

PM Knuckleboom Crane Series PM recently showed its Classic and Classic Plus range of small and medium knuckleboom cranes available with the Easy, Basic, and Advance radio systems. The new cranes lift from 7 to 18 percent more compared to previous models, according to PM. A larger range of accessories, previously available only on higher-capacity cranes, can be added to models in the small and medium ranges. The machines are equipped with a Power Tronic electronic load-limiting device for increased safety during operations and overload situations. The cranes also feature a Stabilizers Rotation System, for manual or hydraulic configurations, designed to reduce the occupied space of a crane during installation and assure increased stability. The Easy, Basic, and Advance radio system are available with traditional joystick or with the compact remote handle and feature an LCD display. The company’s Easy system is the combination of a Palm radio system and a Bosch-developed proportional valve bank. The operator can

control crane operations with one hand. Equipped with frequency-jumping technology designed to avoid interference with other radio systems, it has a proportional switchboard with three different speed settings. The system is equipped with standard AA rechargeable batteries. In case of emergency, standard non-rechargeable batteries can be used. In North America, PM cranes are available through PM North America, Rolling Meadows, Ill.

JCB 515-40 Compact Telehandler JCB, Savannah, Ga., has the JCB 515-40, which boasts a full-size cab and measures only 5'11" tall, 5'2" wide and 9'6" long, and weighs 7,672 pounds. With a turning radius of just 9 feet and very compact dimensions, the machine can maneuver in even the smallest work environments. Equipped with four-wheel steering, four-wheel drive, and a hydrostatic transmission, the machine can easily traverse challenging outdoor conditions. Powered by a 50-hp engine, the telehandler can carry a payload of 3,300 pounds up to a maximum lift height of 13'2". The 515-40 comes standard with a universal skid steer quick-attach, opening it up to a vast range of attachments.

Niftylift SP64 Hybrid AWD Boom Lift Niftylift, Greer, S.C., has introduced the SP64 Height Rider hybrid all-wheel-drive aerial work platform, which features a versatile, compact, low-weight design, advanced power-source technology, and versatility. The SP64 Hydrid AWD has a two-person platform that reaches a 62-foot platform height and 41'4" of outreach. Weighing 13,900 pounds, the machine is lightweight for easy transportable and reduces running costs.

A key component of the SP64 Hybrid is its hydrid power system. When running on its electric motors, the SP64 Hybrid AWD becomes a zero emission machine that can work inside or outside in any environment. While on diesel power, the hybrid power system allows the electric motor to automatically assist the diesel engine when required, such as when climbing a steep slope, to boost the overall power. At all other times, the electric motor channels the excess power from the diesel engine back to the batteries, storing it for when it is most needed. The hybrid technology means that the machine can use a smaller diesel engine—it employs an 18-hp Kubota 722 engine—than would otherwise be required. It also reduces fuel consumption, averaging a savings of 1/8 gallon per hour. And due to its efficient design, the diesel re-gen feature can actually charge the batteries up to twice as fast as standard 110V power, so the SP64 Hybrid AWD can fully recharge itself in just four hours. The SP64 Hybrid can potentially work 24 hours a day, using the electric motor to work quietly at night and then re-charge during the dayshift while running on diesel. The SP64 Hybrid also is one of the first machines of its kind to offer an advanced exhaust purification system, reducing CO/NOx, particulates, and noise emissions.

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New Products AWPT Operator Training Support Kit At The Rental Show, AWPT Inc., the North American training arm of the International Powered Access Federation, introduced the AWPT Operator Training Support Kit, a new training component designed to assist qualified instructors in creating their own programs to deliver consistent quality aerial lift training. The AWPT Operator Training Support Kit includes an AWP course CD and materials to aid those trainers and instructors who have the time and knowledge to develop a written plan for an entire training program. According to Tony Groat, executive vice president of AWPT, all the elements of the aerial work

platform training support kit have been developed through the AWPT training program, and the kits lay out the guidelines for those who want to provide their own training. Although the kit contains quality training materials, it neither includes support from AWPT nor will not include registrations, updates, audits, PAL cards, ongoing instructor develop, or the tools and oversight that is associated with AWPT training. The training materials act specifically as a foundation for trainers to build from. Buyers of the kit, which is available for $345, must develop their own program and instructors.

JLG E300AJP Electric Boom Lift


JLG Industries, McConnellsburg, Pa., displayed an updated 30foot platform height E300AJP electric boom lift at The Rental Show. Previously, the E300AJP employed 370 Ah batteries, but by switching to 305 Ah batteries, JLG found that the smaller battery size reduces charging time. Battery recharging now takes 14 hours compared to 18 hours with the 375 Ah batteries. When the batteries are completely charged, the unit provides about 10.5 hours of continuous operation. The E300AJP also features a standardized 25x7x12 tire size on all four tires. In the previous generation, the front axle featured a smaller tire size. By standardizing all four tires, machine owners only have to stock one tire size rather than two. Gravity down is new on the E300 AJ and E300AJP. Previously, they used power from a motor and pump to pressurize the lift down circuit, which consumed energy. The current units

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use a solenoid with minimal amp draw to open a holding valve, allowing oil in the lift cylinder to exit through an orifice for a smooth, controlled, and quiet power-saving descent. Pothole protection bars have been repositioned to ensure that they won’t become hung up when crossing over a steep threshold, such as a 25 percent incline breaking over to a level surface. A drive orientation sensor is now standard, which helps prevent inadvertent travel in the wrong direction if the boom is positioned beyond the two rear wheels in either direction. ■

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Accident ALERT

Increasing awareness for those who operate lifting equipment.

WEST COLLAPSE — Broomfield, Colo. One man was killed and another was severely injured when a truck-mounted aerial lift’s boom collapsed. Two utility workers were in the platform putting up an electrical line at the time of the accident. The man who was killed was thrown from the platform and struck the truck. He died at the scene, a fire rescue spokesperson said. The other man also received traumatic injuries but was expected to survive. According to news reports, both men were tethered to the platform. It is unclear whether the accident was caused by mechanical failure or human error. OSHA is investigating. –

PINNED BY MACHINE — Phoenix, Ariz. A construction worker was killed after he was run over by a telescopic handler on a hospital construction project. Witnesses said the man was working at the site when he somehow became pinned underneath the forklift. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are investigating. – TIPOVER — Chandler, Ariz. A construction crane being used to remove three large trees from the yard of a home turned over on a residential street. News reports said the crane’s 100-foot boom snapped, which caused the crane to tip over. The crane operator received minor injuries, but no serious injuries were reported. –

NORTHEAST FALL — Wanaque, N.J. A 23-year-old construction work was injured after falling from the third story of an adult living community building. According to police, the worker was reaching for a propane tank that was being lifted by a forklift. The tank slid over and caused other tanks to fall, which in turn knocked the worker off balance. He fell 40 feet to the ground. Rescue workers reported the man’s face, left leg, and arm were injured in the fall. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries. – TIPOVER — Philadelphia, Pa. An aerial lift working inside a high school fell over and injured a worker. The machine was being moved near a swimming pool being built inside the school, and it tipped over, pinning the worker beneath it, a police superinand

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NORTHEAST TIPOVER — New York, N.Y. No injuries and only minimal damage occurred after an all-terrain crane tipped and fell against a commercial building in Lower Manhattan. However, four buildings and part of a fifth building were evacuated, and traffic was rerouted in the area. According to authorities, the crane was being used to lift mechanical equipment and building supplies. No one was operating the crane when it fell. “The crane had authorization to move mechanical equipment on to the top of 80 Maiden Lane,” the buildings commissioner said at a news conference. The boom apparently drifted, causing it to tip and damage the parapet wall of the top-most facade of the building. Although authorities said it is too early to tell if there was any negligence or wrongdoing, they were going to pull the crane out of service and perform a full investigation. The Fire Department sent numerous trucks to the scene, and firefighters worked to secure and remove the crane, which fell about 7 p.m. Crews worked overnight and into the next morning in order to remove the machine. The day following the incident, city officials suspended the license of the crane operator who ran the crane that day, saying he had failed to secure it properly before leaving the site for the day. Investigators said the operator did not lower the boom as far as it could go, which contributed to the incident but may not have been the sole cause. Authorities said they were looking into whether mechanical failure was a factor and that they may issue further citations. – New York Times

tendent said. He suffered non-life threatening injuries to his face and possible head trauma; he was airlifted to a university medical center. The cause of the tipover was unknown at press time. – TIPOVER — Atlantic City, N.J. High winds caused a crane to tip over at a casino under construction, leaving a city police officer injured. Debris from the site “was raining down on about a six-block area” and about four stories of glass was missing from a corner of the building, a police spokesperson said. The officer became injured when debris crashed through

the driver’s side window of his car. Details on his injuries were not immediately disclosed. –

MIDWEST TIPOVER — Nebraska City, Neb. A 49-year-old man was killed after the aerial lift he was operating at a meat processing plant toppled over. The lift was elevated about 20 feet, and the man was replacing some shelving units at the facility, which made the aerial lift top heavy and caused it to tipover, the county attorney said. OSHA officials were notified of the accident. – Omaha World-Herald

SOUTH STRUCK BY MACHINE — Morehead City, N.C. A forklift accident at a port caused more than five gallons of the highly explosive chemical pentaerythritol tetranitrate, or PETN, to spill, prompting officials to close the port and evacuate the surrounding area. Emergency officials were able to contain the spill, which was caused when a forklift operator punctured a container, putting holes in nine 110-pound drums containing PETN, a Coast Guard spokesperson said. – New York Times TRAFFIC — Orlando, Fla. A tractor-trailer carrying a forklift struck an overhead bridge, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The impact caused $250,000 in damage and forced the closure of all traffic crossing over the bridge for several hours. No one was injured. – Orlando Sentinel CITATIONS — Creola, Ala. OSHA has proposed fines totaling $72,500 for alleged health and safety violations for a trailer company after a mechanic was killed. At the time of the accident, the mechanic was riding on a forklift attachment and fell when the lift hit uneven ground. He was crushed under the machine. Violations cited by OSHA include failure to provide required forklift training or evaluation, failure to provide inspection programs for equipment in regular use, and failure to properly inspect and use appropriate attachments. “If the employer had exercised oversight and enforcement of [its]safety rules, this death could have been avoided,” the director of OSHA’s Mobile area office said. – POWER LINE CONTACT — Kirbyville, Texas A 38-year-old man died after he received a severe electrical shock. The sign company employee was using an aerial lift to change light bulbs in a sign when he came in contact with a live wire. Two other workers were operating the lift from the ground when the accident occurred, and they were able to lower the platform to the ground. Police officers removed him from the basket.

According to news reports, an ambulance was not available at the time of the accident, and a fire department first responder performed CPR on the man for more than an hour until an ambulance and EMS personnel arrived at the scene. A medical helicopter was sent to the scene, but the man was not stable and had to be transported by ambulance. The worker was pronounced dead at the hospital. – DROPPED LOAD — Murfreesboro, Tenn. A 49-year-old truck driver who was picking up a load of solid steel coils weighing more than 5,000 pounds each was killed at a steel plant. According to police, a crane operator was trying to

navigate the load onto the truck when one of the steel coils fell on the truck driver and crushed him. According to the CEO and president of the steel company, several employees were are first responders and rushed to aid the victim when the incident occurred. The crane operator has been placed on paid leave while he deals with the trauma of the incident, news reports said. Employees of the facility were offered counseling through the company. The local police is continuing to conduct a routine investigation, along with Tennessee OSHA representatives. The steel company CEO said the company will cooperate fully with that investigation. – ■

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TRAFFIC — Toledo, Ohio A flatbed truck hauling a crane clipped the support beams on the overhead exit signs on an interstate and shut down a stretch of the freeway for four hours, forcing drivers to seek alternate routes. Repairs are being made to secure the signs. –


Web Watch Whether it is late-breaking industry news, exclusive Equipment Reviews and On the Job analysis, guest columns written by industry experts, or editorials by our in-house editorial staff, Lift and Access 360 and put a wealth of exclusive information at our readers’ fingertips. Here’s a snapshot of some recent web-exclusive topics. online inform

Top Stories

Badger Takes New RT Models on the Road— and the Rail After re-entering the crane market last summer with cab-down style rough-terrain crane models, Badger Equipment Co., Winona, Minn., continues to answer the call from customers wanting cabdown RTs, especially discontinued Galions. Badger, a division of Manitex International, recently delivered 30-ton CD4430Rs to Amtrak and a 20-ton CD4420 to Contractors Crane’s facility in Houston, Texas, for work in refinery and petrochemical applications. Amtrak took delivery of three of the new machines outfitted with Badger’s own hi-rail gear. According to Badger, these 30-ton RTs will do most of their work on Amtrak's rails as lifting cranes and for maintaining their tracks as rail threader machines. Specially painted and equipped with

Guest Column

How to Prevent Oil Sludge Information Provided by Cummins Additives blended into your engine oil keep it from becoming acidic, prevent foaming, and limit oxidation, which are all good things. Waiting too long to change your oil or overheating your engine can cause the additives to separate from the oil and turn into the and

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Cummins Tier 3 engines, the cranes have all-wheeldrive, all-wheel-steer, a six-sided two-section boom with auxiliary winch and a roomy two-door cab with air conditioning, rear view cameras, and full glass protection. These machines also have an extra wide stance with wider rims, wider friction rail drives, and wider fenders. During an open house at the Contractors Parts and Supply facility in Houston, the model CD4420 was showcased by Badger as the first new crane of this kind to come to the refinery and petrochemical sectors in many years. Badger reports the new crane was met with excitement by a crowd of 65. Steve McReynolds of Groves Equipment, a major equipment supplier to refineries, commented, “You have done your homework, and you have hit the nail on the head!” At press time, Contractors Parts and Supply of Baton Rouge, La., also was to host an open house with the new 20-ton RT, as the facility supports many refineries, petrochemical plants, and contractors with parts and service on the older cab-down cranes in use today. The new crane, with 77 feet of reach, an available jib, and a comfortable cab, offers the latest in technological advances, and Tier 3 Cummins engines. Read for more new cranes.

dreaded oil sludge. When oil additives break down, they tend to solidify and turn into sludge. A buildup of oil sludge in your engine can lead to a number of problems, including significant damage to the rod and main bearings, crankshaft, and turbocharger. Sludge can even cause engine failure. What makes oil sludge even worse is that engine failures caused by sludge are not covered under your engine’s warranty. But there are simple ways you can prevent oil sludge from forming. Read for a list of tips.

Product Spotlight

Doran Tire Pressure System Provides Real-Time Monitoring Doran Manufacturing, Cincinnati, Ohio, has introduced the Doran 360CE tire pressure monitoring system, designed for commercial equipment used for mining, construction, and earth-moving applications. The device is ideal for all sizes and configurations of commercial equipment, and programming and installation of the digital LCD display and valve-mounted sensors can be accomplished in less than an hour without any special tools. The large-bore sensors are built with high-impact nylon and include potting material to secure the internal components and provide protection against vibration and high temperatures.

“Developing a tire pressure monitoring system designed for commercial equipment was a natural extension of our product offering,” said Jim Samocki, general manager. “Off-the-road tires can cost thousands of dollars. In addition, a flat tire, which could have easily been prevented by using the pressure monitoring system, can create a difficult and costly repair or even put a project behind schedule.” The components of the system have passed SAE tests by an independent a2La accredited testing facility to ensure that they deliver a long life and corrosion resistance, according to the manufacturer. In addition, the sensors also can be activated to transmit tire pressure and temperature data with the Doran SmartLink tool during a walk-around inspection. The in-cab display of the Doran 360CE system provides real-time monitoring of tire pressures for up to 36 wheel positions. A patent-pending green light provides “at- a-glance” confidence to the operator that the tires are at the correct pressures and the system is working properly. In addition to the standard Level 1 and Level 2 alarms at 12.5 percent and 25 percent below the programmed baseline tire pressure, a unique FastLeak warning is triggered with a drop in tire pressure of 2.8psi in less than 12 seconds along with a high temperature alarm that is activated if a sensor's temperature reaches 248°F. A built-in date/ time stamp function records the alarms, and a driver lockout function prevents accidental tampering. Read for more information. ■


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n agenda full of quality information sessions and the opportunity to network with dozens of vendors makes the Crane & Rigging Conference the must-attend event for contractors, fleet managers, safety personnel, and others. Registration includes admittance to Reach Expo 2010, where you will have an opportunity to learn about a variety of products—from rigging gear and cranes to training programs and software products. In addition, lunch will be provided each day, and don’t miss the cocktail party the evening of May 26, 2010. To register, go to or call 515-574-2312. The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Houston/North Greenspoint, conveniently located just eight miles from George Bush International Airport. Free shuttle service is provided. You can make reservations online via the link provided at or call 888-233-9527. Be sure to reference the Maximum Capacity Media Expo block to receive the $119 rate.

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A1A Software Ace World Companies Alps Wire Rope Corp. Associated Wire Rope & Rigging Inc. Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Bishop Lifting Products Carol Crane Rigging and Lifting Technology CICB Columbus McKinnon Corp. Compact Lifting Equipment Crane Institute of America/CIC Cranes Today, Hoist, and Overhead Crane & Hoist magazines The Crosby Group Delta Rigging and Tools First Sling Technology Gulf Coast Mats Harrington Hoists Hirschmann Automation and Control InfoChip Systems Irwin Car & Equipment J&R Engineering Kobelco Cranes North America Liebherr Lifting Gear Hire Load Systems International Maeda USA Manitowoc Measurement Systems International Miller Lifting Products Modulift NACB National Interstate Insurance Co. NCCCO NCCER Power Electronics International Rayco-Wylie Scott-Macon Equipment Slingmax Rigging Products Southwest Industrial Rigging Water Weights Zoomlion


Block Inspection & Maintenance Danny Bishop, Director of Training, The Crosby Group Developing a Critical Lift Plan Tawnia Weiss, President, A1A Software Mike Parnell, President, ITI/WRRC Mapping the Regulatory Landscape: Crane Operators, Signalpersons, Riggers, and Inspectors Joel Oliva, Program Manager, NCCCO Lessons from an RFID Case Study Chris Gelowitz, President, Infochip Systems Below-The-Hook Lifting Device Standards David Duerr P.E., President, 2DM Associates, Inc.

Cran hnology & Tec Speakers John Chamberlin

Managing a Crane Accident Joe Collins, President, Collins Crane

ing y t o m o r P e Safet

Walter Brumley

Training from a Practical Perspective Jerry Longtin, Director of Training, CICB

Danny Bishop

May 26, 2010 - Day One

David Duerr Jeff Hammons

Joe Collins Chris Gelowitz

Inspections it’s the Little Things—Dealing with Small Issues that Lead to Big Risks/Accidents Bradley D. Closson, President, CRAFT Forensic Services

Michael McCann

The Importance of Having a Manual for Crane & Rigging Operations Walter Brumley, Supervisor of Cranes, Rigging, Mechanics and Roads, Walks and Grounds, Shell Oil

Dennis Fetter

May 27, 2010 - Day Two

Jerry Longtin

Avoiding Boom Hoist Crushing Dennis Fetter, VP Product Engineering, Research and Development, WireCo WorldGroup

Brad Closson

Third Party Crane Inspection & How to Prepare For It Ed Shapiro, President, CCAA and President, HESCO

Jason Pogar

Mike Riggs

Ed Shapiro

Tawnia Weiss

Safety of Tower Crane Operations Christoph Schneider, Project Manager, Liebherr-Werk Biberich

Mike Parnell

Understanding Crane Accident Failures Mike McCann, Director of Safety, The Center for Construction Research and Training

Christopher Schneider

Telematics and Crane Owners Panel Discussion Moderator, Tracy Bennett, Editor, Crane Hot Line Keith Daley, OEM and Key Account Manager, Hirschmann Automation and Control Marcel Flir, Project Engineer, Liebherr-Werk Nenzing Jeffrey C. Hammons Sr., Vice President, Risk Management, Amquip Crane Rental Harry Baker, President, Southwest Industrial Rigging Ron Schad, President, Essex Crane Rental Ryan Warren, Esq. and Director of Construction Law, Hensley, Kim & Holzer

Joel Oliva

Philadelphia’s Tower Crane Rules—The Model Regulation for Today’s Tower Crane Operations Jeffrey C. Hammons Sr., Vice President, Risk Management, Amquip Crane Rental

UV Degradation on Synthetic Round & Web Slings Mike Riggs, Director of Training, I & I Sling/ Slingmax

Pre-Planning Requirements for Crane & Rigging Providers Jason Pogar, Crane Safety Expert, United Space Alliance’s Ground System Support group at Kennedy Space Center John Chamberlin, Human Factor Lead, Ground Systems Safety/Industrial and Human Engineering (GSS Safety & HE), United Space Alliance ■

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Crane Mats & Ground Bearing Issues David Duerr P.E., President, 2DM Associates, Inc.


Cover Story Local operators gave feedback on the six boom trucks during the crane operator event.


CRANE DAYS For the first time, boom trucks take part in the Lift and Access Equipment Showcase. By the Lift and Access staff


oom trucks offer an effective solution for rental companies and end users in a variety of markets that handle materials and perform maintenance. Recognizing just how important these machines are to the construction and rental markets, Lift and Access reviewed these machines for the first time at the 2009 Equipment Showcase, which took place last November at the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. Six crane manufacturers participated in the event, bringing two size classes of machines. They included the 35-ton Altec AC35127S, Tadano TM-35100, and Terex RS70100 and 50-ton Elliott 50105, Manitex 5096S, and National NBT50 boom trucks. Similar to the aerial lift and telehandler Showcase events, the boom truck Equipment Showcase was separated into three segments. At the and

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At the Equipment Showcase, boom truck setup included unhooking the headache ball and attaching the outrigger floats. first event, the boom trucks were put through a setup/tear-down routine to measure how much time it takes to get job-ready and then on the road again. This task involved unhooking the headache ball from its stowed position, setting the outriggers, and climbing in the cab. During the machine setup portion of the Showcase, editors of Lift and Access and sister

publication Crane Hot Line noted some key differences among the machines, which reflected the design philosophies of each manufacturer. For example, outrigger controls were located in different places on all three machines. Likewise, each manufacturer took different approaches to where floats are stored and how they attach to the outriggers. On the Terex RS70100, the

35-Ton and 50-Ton Boom Truck Specifications Max. Tip Ht.

Cap. @ Max. Radius

Single Line Pull Speed

Boom Extension Speed

Slewing Speed


127 ft 5 section

137 ft

1150 lbs @ 95 ft

298 fpm

Published: Varies. See Mfg. Measured: 86 seconds

Published: Varies. See Mfg. Measured: 1.76 rpm

Tadano TM-35100


100 ft 4 section

150 ft

1500 lbs @ 95 ft

459 fpm

Published: 75 seconds Measured: 110 seconds

Published: 2.8 rpm Measured: 2.86 rpm

Published: 108 seconds Terex RS70100


100 ft 4 section

163 ft

600 lbs @ 95 ft

196 fpm

(lift/telescope simultaneously)

Published: 0.8 rpm (180 degree) Measured: 1.2 rpm (360 degree)


Altec AC35-127S

Measured: 167 seconds

Elliott H50150


150 ft 4 section

164 ft

1800 lbs @ 100 ft

325 fpm

Published: 100 seconds Measured: 117 seconds

Published: 1.5 rpm Measured: 1.82 rpm

Manitex 5096S


96 ft 4 section

164 ft

3050 lbs @ 90 ft

553 fpm

Published: 140 seconds (theoretical) Measured: 147 seconds

Published: 2 rpm Measured: 1.88 rpm

National NBT50


102 ft 4 section

153 ft

2000 lbs @ 102 ft

383 fpm

Published: 90 seconds Measured: 101 seconds

Published: 2 rpm Measured: 2.73 rpm

boom trucks in North America, described the situation best when he said: “Sterling was vanilla, and everybody ate it. There were never any complaints about it. But make no mistake, the chassis price runs the gamut. You can strip down an International or Freightliner and really save money. Or you can do a top-end Volvo or Kenworth and spend all the money you want, but the rental rate is still the same.” Yet curb appeal is something that boom truck buyers—especially rental operators—are looking for because often they view the equipment as a rolling billboard for their company. “The owner doesn’t earn more money with it, but he might get more exposure with it and subsequently earn more money,” said Tom Limbach, sales training manager for Terex Cranes. On the jobsite, boom trucks compete with

Boom truck trends In conjunction with the Equipment Showcase, Lift and Access and Crane Hot Line editors held a roundtable discussion with the manufacturers’ representatives regarding trends in boom truck use. One of the biggest challenges boom truck manufacturers currently face is selecting chassis vendors. In October 2008, Daimler Trucks North America made a strategic decision to discontinue the Sterling brand, which was popular in boom truck applications for its price, ample cab, good turning radius, and good product support. That has left boom truck manufacturers searching for a new go-to chassis. Brian Peretin, Manitowoc’s vice president of sales and product marketing for

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Brent Twombly of Altec provided an overview of the AC35-127S.

telescopic handlers, articulating cranes, and even self-erectors. Fleet managers typically view this equipment as just one of at least five tools they have at their disposal to the get the job done, explained Limbach. The danger in that is that operators in end-user markets may be less careful when it comes to safety, but it also depends on the industry. Some markets— such as utilities and municipalities—tend to be more concerned with training. Looming new crane regulations could negatively impact boom truck use in applications where the crane is just a commodity—roofing, for example. Manufacturers worry that, rather than meet more stringent crane requirements, some users will look for alternatives, such as telescopic handlers. But what impact, if any, has the 50-ton class had on smaller boom trucks? “They are different market segments,” said Randy Robertson, director of sales and marketing, Manitex. “One does not impact the other.” He and Limbach both noted that larger boom trucks are eroding portions of the smaller truck crane market because they can be seen as more mobile and more versatile because of chassis options. “People getting in the industry start off by themselves,” Limbach said. “They want a vehicle they can also haul something on.” Robertson added that payload is often as important as the crane itself. Finally, as boom trucks become more complex, reliability remains a key concern for owners and manufacturers. Often new technology integrated into cranes migrates from industries where ruggedness is not needed. “The mobile industry needs greater weather- and vibrationhardened products,” said Limbach. May-June 2010 l LiFT


floats are conveniently stored on the outrigger beam and pinned in place. Once the outriggers are deployed, a front stabilizer (if available) on each crane could be lowered into position. Each crane offered sufficient ladder access to the cab but accomplished the task with unique designs. The setup tasks were done in reverse for tear down. All three cranes were ready for work in five to six minutes. Tear-down times were similar, except for the Tadano TM-35100, which was road-ready in about 3.5 minutes. Also measured were boom extension and slewing speeds. The second portion of the event allowed representatives from each company to provide an overview of the features and benefits during walk-around presentations, which were attended by competitors, component vendors, and members of the trade press. During the final event, more than 20 crane operators from the region—with experience ranging from beginner to more than 30 years operating—were given the chance to run the equipment and provide feedback on the machines. The hands-on portion of the event was sponsored by Southwest Industrial Rigging, Phoenix, Ariz., and Hirschmann Automation and Control Inc., Chambersburg, Pa. During exit surveys, the operators indicated that features most important to them are smooth, precise control and comfortable cabs. One concern voiced by operators at the event was that cabs with curved glass distort the operator’s view. Among the features operators would like to see on future models are larger cabs, fourfunction control on a single joystick, twospeed winches, more rigging storage, and higher capacities at low boom angles.

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Altec AC35-127S


fter 75 years of providing products and services for the electric utility, telecommunications, contractor, and tree care industries, Birmingham, Ala.-based Altec Industries entered the crane market in 2004. One of its first introductions was the AC25-127S boom truck, a 35-ton crane with a 127-foot main boom and a standard open riding seat. At the 2009 Equipment Showcase the Altec AC35-127S was equipped with the optional enclosed cab, and it was mounted on a Peterbilt 367, featuring a tandem axle with an additional 13,200-pound pusher axle, making it bridge legal in all 50 states. Brent Twombly, sales manager, noted the setup procedure for Altec boom trucks is different than others on the market because operators are able to completely set up the crane from ground level. “All setup is done without having to access the cab or run the risks of slips and falls climbing up the ladder,” he said. Outriggers deploy only from a control panel at the rear of the crane “to ensure the operator has clear sight of the outriggers as

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they go down,”said Twombly. The standard configuration offers controls on either side of the rear bed. The optional configuration, shown at the Showcase, is a centralized outrigger control with the four valves in one location. Convex mirrors at the front of the machine aid visibility. A safety interlock requiring a valve to be lifted prevents accidental outrigger motion. Pins, positioned manually on the outrigger beams, determine whether outriggers deploy to the 24-foot full span, 15'8" mid-span, or optional 8'2" short span. To help prevent theft, stowed outriggers shoes cannot be removed unless the beams are extended. An interlock prevents the boom from operating until the outriggers have been deployed. Once all five outriggers are set, the operator can lower the winch and complete the ground work before climbing into the cab. Lower winch controls are positioned at the front of the machine. The Showcase unit featured one access ladder, which stows underneath the bed. Others can be added at the customer’s request. An optional front access cab is a unique feature on this crane. With this configuration, operators are not swinging off the side or navigating a ladder to access the cab. The enclosed cab can be ordered with heat and air conditioning and an NBB radio remote control system, which controls crane functions and platform operation if the machine is equipped with a personnel basket. A joystick on the left side of the operator’s seat and two single-axis levers on the right control all boom functions. Controls have pilot pressure hydraulics to enhance metering, eliminating levers and linkages, or high pressure hoses and fittings near the operator. A Greer 510-based Altec Load Moment and Area Protection (LMAP) system allows warning alarms to be set to prevent operation in dangerous areas. The LMAP does not cut out functions. “The operator should set those points so that he has reaction time once the alarm goes off,” explained Twombly. “If he is in a boom function moving a load, it’s kind of scary to shut everything off at once with a suspended load.” LMI functions will cut

A Greer 510-based Altec Load Moment and Area Protection (LMAP) system allows the operator to set warning alarms to help prevent operation in dangerous areas. out if the boom is overloaded. The boom is a four-plate design. The pedestal and sub-base are all fixture welded. The outriggers, sub-base, and all major weldments are powder coated for corrosion and wear resistance. The rotation system in all Altec cranes uses an eccentric ring to adjust the backlash on the rotation system. The standard winch is 15,000 pounds with 5,000- and 15,000-pound auxiliary winch packages available as options. Other options include groove drum winches with third wrap indicators and block storage. The AC35-127S boom truck features a 127-foot boom length with single-stage 31-foot and two-stage 31- to 55-foot jib packages available. A maximum tip height of 192 feet can be achieved by combining the 127-foot boom length with the 55-foot jib. Work platform use is allowed at this height, and options include a standard two-person yokestyle or a two-person rotating platform. Personnel jibs designed for the utility industry include a fully insulated bare-hand jib for bare-hand transmission work, and a composite jib option for working on de-energized power lines in close proximity to energized power lines. A pole guide option is available for setting large utility poles.

Tadano ATF130G-5 160 tons 196.8' boom + 105' jib

Tadano ATF110G-5 130 tons 170.6' boom + 98.75' jib

Tadano ATF220G-5 250 tons 223.1' boom + 122' jib

Tadano ATF90G-4 110 tons 168' boom + 59' jib

Tadano ATF160G-5 200 tons 196.9' boom + 122' jib

Tadano ATF65G-4

Tadano Technology Delivers Safety, Quality & Performance

Tadano ATF50G-3 (281) 869-0030 fax (281) 869-0040 Tadano America Corporation, 4242 West Greens Road, Houston, Texas 77066

75 tons 144.4' boom + 52.5' jib

55 tons 131.2' boom + 52.5' jib

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Terex RS70100


ntroduced in 2004, Terex’s 35-ton truck-mounted crane is available in two model configurations.The RS70100, which was exhibited at the 2009 Equipment Showcase, features a riding seat and optional fully enclosed operator’s cab. The RS nomenclature stands for Riding Seat. The BT70100, or Boom Truck model, is equipped with two standup work stations. “This is a time-proven design,” said Tom Limbach, sales training manager for Terex Cranes, Waverly, Iowa. “The crane’s closed box-style sub-frame features fully unitized construction with integrated frame and outriggers for a strong torsional base.” The show unit was mounted on a Sterling truck, which has a 20,000-pound capacity front axle and 40,000-pound capacity rear tandem axle. However, to accommodate the elimination of Sterling from the market, in the future, Terex will use trucks from Freightliner. Multi-stage outriggers are deployed from a control station located behind the truck cab. This location provides easy access for the driver and a high vantage point during outrigger

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extension. Three load charts, monitored by a Greer 385 rated capacity indicator, provide ratings for the fully-retracted position of 7'10", mid-span at 14 feet, and fully extended at 20'10". This system has an audio alarm and functional shutdown when an operator encounters an overload situation. Aluminum/magnesium outrigger floats are stored on each beam and pinned in place. Flip-down ladders on either side of the crane provide access to the operator control station. Operators enter the cab via a side sliding door. The curved roof hatch can be opened for ventilation and a personal fan provides additional operator comfort. An LP gas heater is available as an option. Limbach described the very basic, yet easy-to-service, mechanical direct-activated controls as “no-frills,” but they are able to deliver a smooth, precise response. A 90-gallon capacity hydraulic tank provides adequate storage to supply the triple-stage hydraulic pump system. Pump output capacities are 32, 17, and 8 gpm, and, it simultaneously runs all functions—winch, boom, and swing. A hydraulic oil cooler is also standard. A two-speed, multi-stage planetary winch provides 15,000 pounds of first-layer line pull. The line speed is represented to be slightly less than 200 feet per minute. An under-mounted auxiliary winch on the main boom is available as an option. A winch roller, also optional, compresses the winch cable onto the winch for improved spooling. Slotted cable guides on top of the boom simplify cable removal when necessary. Terex’s unique boom design is a five-sided keel boom. “This shape offers optimum capacity for lateral stability,” said Limbach. “By nature of the shape, boom sections remain selfcentering.” The main boom length of 100 feet is full-power, fully synchronized, and can be extended to a 163-foot tip height when equipped with a 30- to 55-foot two-stage jib. Exclusive, patented color-coded boom and load charts allow the operator to easily determine boom extension, boom angle, and load capacity.

Cables to the anti-two-block device run inside the boom to prevent them from becoming snagged. Other features designed to simplify or reduce maintenance include spin-on return hydraulic filters and a hydraulic tank shutoff for major system work. Non-metallic and non-lubricated bearings are used as applicable to reduce the amount of greasing required. The boom can be swung over the side and lowered to -10° to provide improved access to the boom from the ground.

Multi-stage outriggers are deployed from controls located on the bed behind the truck cab for optimum visibility. “Typical applications include utility markets, heavy equipment maintenance, in-plant material handling, and road construction, as well as getting in on the small end of the taxi-crane service class,” said Limbach. A few key options are available to accommodate the needs of some of these end-user markets. They include single- and two-person steel baskets, two-person self-leveling aluminum baskets, auxiliary hydraulics to provide power for accessories in the basket, as well as auxiliary tool circuits at the base of the crane.


Tadano TM-35100

Inside the cab of the TM-35100, the AMLL system allows for multiple outrigger positions.

Outrigger controls are located on either side of the crane, as well as in the fully enclosed cab. A beam-sensing device on the outriggers communicates data about the outriggers’positions to the AML-L Automatic Moment Limiter system. This is combined with other information, such as boom angle, boom length, and load on the hook, in order to provide the operator with correct load charts for the setup configuration. The AML-L then adjusts capacity ratings as the boom rotates around the main frame, compensating for the outrigger span. The four basic outrigger positions include straight down, two mid-span positions, and full extension at 23'7", but various combinations are possible. If the crane moves into an out-of-capacity situation, a soft-stop feature slowly brings the boom to a stop position. Outrigger floats are stored on the superstructure. Other capabilities of the AML-L include an integrated anti-two-block device; pre-settable parameters for load radius, boom angle, tip height, and swing range; and control lever lockouts. During the spec evaluation portion of the event, it was noted that the Tadano boom truck exhibited a much quicker tear-down time than the other machines. It was approximately twice as fast as the five other units at the Equipment Showcase. Dammann attributed that to the fact that the outrigger beams retract quickly and simultaneously. Operators enter the cab through a side sliding door. Selfcentering finger control levers with pilot control are pedestalmounted. Neutral position and tilt on the control lever stands can be changed for easier access to the cab. Foot-operated controls include boom elevation, boom telescope, and engine throttle. The door window features powered control and the windshield and roof are equipped with wiper and washer. Glass in the cab is a curved design. Air-conditioning and heat are standard. The four-section, full-power synchronized boom is an ovalshaped construction and extends to 100 feet. The assembly is designed so the slide pads can be adjusted and/or replaced

During the machine testing portion of the event, Rick Stuksa, Tadano production manager, sets the crane up for operation. without disassembling the boom. A twin swing system permits free swing or locked operation. The winch is equipped with an automatic (neutral) brake, counterbalance valves, cable follower, and drum rotation indicator. It offers a single line pull of 12,600 pounds on the first layer. Maximum line speed on the sixth layer is 459 feet per minute. The boom can also be equipped with a two-stage lattice jib measuring 28 to 50 feet and offsets at 5°, 25°, and 45°. “The jib provides good up-and-over capability,” said Dammann. “And when operated using an optional radio remote, jib deployment can be a one-person job.”The radio remote system permits operation of all boom functions, and it is required if the boom is equipped with one of two optional personnel baskets. A twoperson platform can be mounted on the main boom tip, while a one-person basket can be added onto the end of the 50-foot jib. A rotating two-person platform is also an option. May-June 2010 l LiFT



he TM-35100, which Tadano America Corp., Houston, Texas, introduced in 2008 at ConExpo, tops the company’s boom truck product line at 35 tons capacity. Featuring Tadano’s exclusive Automatic Moment Limiter system, the crane is capable of nonsymmetrical multi-position outrigger configurations. “This key feature of the crane offers more than 82 combinations of outrigger span, which is good for when the crane is being set up in a location where it’s not possible to extend the outriggers all the way out,” said Bryan Dammann, North America sales manager for the boom truck division. “It’s the only boom truck in the industry that offers this.” At the Equipment Showcase, the demonstration unit was mounted on a Peterbilt chassis with a 260-inch wheelbase and 54,000 pounds of gross vehicle weight. The crane can also be mounted on a tandem chassis, which requires 20,000 pounds on the front axle and 40,000 pounds on the rear axle. According to the company, the TM-35100 is built with the largest swing bearing in the industry, which contributes to its strong design. This is the same swing bearing used on Tadano’s GR-300XL rough-terrain crane.


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Manitex 5096S


he first company with a 50-ton boom truck, GeorgeCapacity charts apply to three outrigger spans: fully extendtown, Texas-based Manitex, brought the 5096S truck- ed, mid-span, and fully retracted. Out-and-down outriggers mounted crane to the Equipment Showcase. Equipped have removable floats located in the front and rear. with a four-section, 96-foot boom, the machine is also A telescoping ladder on the side of the chassis provides acavailable with either a four-section 110-foot or five-section cess to the cab, which is fully enclosed with a diesel heater. The 155-foot boom. Total tip height for the 5096S is 151 feet. Showcase machine was equipped with optional A/C. The 5096S was mounted on a Sterling LT9513 truck and In the cab, the 5096S uses four single-axis, pilot-operated equipped with an Allison 4500 Series automatic transmission joystick controls. Accu-Swing enables operators to cut the flow that drives the pump, which is directly mounted to the power for smooth and precise rotation. Hoist drum rotation indicators take-off. Powered by a 410-hp MBE Mercedes 4000 Series en- or “thumpers” help operators feel the drum turning via the joygine, the unit comes standard with an engine brake. The truck is stick, which aids lifting in the blind. The system monitors drum rated at 20,000 pounds upfront. The allowable GVW on the rear rotations in precise 1/4-inch increments. The Hirschmann Mentandem is 46,000, and the steerable tag axle is rated at 13,000 tor LMI system features a full display that provides the operator pounds. Weighing in about 60,000 pounds, the Showcase unit, with all conditions of the crane in real-time, and it corresponds owned by Allied Crane & Machinery, was bridge-legal nation- with the operating modes posted on the load chart. wide. Allied re-rents cranes all over the country, and in this conA quick-reeve boom nose allows the number of parts figuration, the crane can move unrestricted without worrying of line to be easily changed without having to remove the about permits or road restrictions. wedge socket. To keep the boom greaseless, the slider pads The sub-frame is an integral weldment, which means the are oil-impregnated with Teflon inserts to provide lubricity main outrigger box, sub-frame, and pedestal make up one for the boom. According to Manitex, non-metallic sheaves rigid structure. According to the company, it resists twisting and reduce weight and are easy on the wire rope. A radio antiprovides a stable lifting platform. Featuring a clamp-on mount- two-block eliminates cables on the outside the boom and ing system, mid- and rear-mounting requires less maintenance. Wire rope on points require no drilling of the truck chasthe 5096S is the XLT4 low-rotation rope sis. Manitex also has adapted sub-frames from Wireco. for international markets and a variety of The 5096S has two groove drum globally produced chassis models. hoists with negative draft angle flanges Maximum outrigger spread is 22 feet that discourage the rope from stacking and can be controlled via radio remote. against the drum flange. It forces the With the PTO engaged, the engine can be rope to come down and lay properly started and shut down with the remote. with the groove drum. The drums are The keypad allows complete control and also equipped with rope tensioners, visibility of all four outriggers. Manitex which in high speed, help contain notes that the keypad eliminates addi- Outriggers and the engine the rope on the drum and reduce the tional harnesses and wiring and makes can be controlled via chance of mis-spooling. Also when setup operator friendly. rigging a jib or basket, it keeps the remote control. and

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Outriggers are out-and-down style, and the floats are housed at the front and rear. rope down on the drum and reduces an opportunity for miswraps on the drum. For added serviceability, the return filters can be removed or replaced without draining the oil, and a shut-off valve aids servicing the pump transmission. The boom rest is removable. Allied’s 5096S had been working in mining applications prior to the Equipment Showcase, which Manitex notes is a popular application for crane’s with this boom length. Other applications include oil fields, pump jack services, taxi jobs, and various work for general contractors. Machines with the 155-foot boom are primarily targeted for work on power grids. All Manitex’s products are supported through its North American dealer network; Manitex also has well established distribution in the Netherlands, Turkey, Russia, and Spain. Manitex cranes are found working in Latin and South American countries, particularly Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Peru, Equador, and Brazil.


Elliott H50150

The Showcase H50105 model featured a full staircase to access the deck.

outrigger spread, and capacity chart. Elliott says the machine weighs more than other 50-ton boom trucks because the H50150 competes with and performs like a truck crane. Elliott’s boom truck features a unitized sub-frame made of 100,000-psi Domex steel, which is welded as a complete structure. The swing bearing is mounted in the middle. Outrigger control boxes are located on each side, and outrigger floats are located directly on the stabilizer legs, making it easy for setup. Note that the teeth of the swing bearing are internal, which reduces the amount of grease and dirt that can get in the bearing. The turret The swing bearing’s teeth are internal to reduce is one solid weldment with the counterweight bolted to grease and dirt from getting in the bearing. it. Depending on the truck weight, the counterweight may not be required. However, the Showcase unit required the speed of the winch and to meter it accordingly. An auxiliary counterweight because of the lack of the front jack. winch is also an option. The H50105 is designed to allow short jacking of the outrigElliott currently only offers a 105-foot boom on the 50-ton gers, allowing the operator to set up the outriggers to full-span boom truck. A 31-foot single section or 31- to 49-foot extendon one side and retracted on the other. When in this configura- able jibs are options. It has a multi-sheave head so it can be tion, operators use an appropriate load chart for the side where multi-part reeved. Likewise, the wedge socket does not have outriggers are extended. Proximity switches on each outrigger to be removed to reeve the block. The two-part block is located and position sensors in the turret allow the crane to swing a in a rack on the deck. A 143-gallon oil reservoir offers plenty of 180° radius on the side that the outriggers are deployed, but it capacity to allow for operation and heat dissipation. A hydraulic will prevent the boom from swinging beyond these points. oil cooler is also standard. To access the all-aluminum deck and cab, Elliott incorThis crane has a single piston pump that is both load sensing porates a staircase with handrails on one side of the crane, and pressure compensating. This system knows when it needs while a swing-out ladder is housed on the side where the pressure and when it needs flow based on where the joysticks cab-door is positioned when stowed. The cab is standard, are positioned. The pump will then react; constantly changing which Elliott says keeps the operator dry, warm or cool while displacement and adjusting pressure and flow to match the remaintaining a decent cost performance ratio. The Showcase quired demand. A thumb throttle allows the operator to control machine featured electro-over-hydraulic controls, which has the engine rpm without having to use the foot throttle control. a two-speed high-low switch that allows the operator to In addition to truck carriers, like the Kenworth unit Mardian slow the speed proportionally to 50 percent when working in specified for this crane, Elliott can also mount the H50150 unit delicate situations. Hydraulic pilot-operated controls can be on a track base. This enables crane owners to work effectively in ordered if they are preferred. Sensors on the winches provide power transmissions and wind turbine applications. vibration in the controller to allow the operator to feel the May-June 2010 l LiFT



lliott Equipment Co., Omaha, Neb., has been in the aerial lift business for 60 years and entered the boom truck business in the last decade. Elliott’s primary focus is on custom-built cranes, and the company showed a good example of this at the Equipment Showcase with its H50150, which was owned by Mardian Equipment. One of Mardian’s specifications was to make the machine as compact as possible, which included eliminating the front stabilizer. Elliott redesigned the sub-base and repositioned the turret comparative to where the outrigger boxes are now located in order to run the unit without a front jack. Over the front, Elliott reduced the load chart to be similar to a 40-ton boom truck. This is facilitated through a work area definition system, standard on this model and optional on others, that is part of the Greersupplied LMI. The beefy outriggers are designed to match a popular 40-ton truck crane on the market and offers similar stability,


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National NBT50


ast fall, National Crane, Shady Grove, Pa., launched its NBT50 Series boom trucks, which includes the NBT50 and NBT55 models. The new models exemplify a new era for National, which includes greater capacities, new nomenclature, and updated platinum coloring. On the lower portion of the machine, National notes that the most significant feature is the X-style configuration of the front outriggers, which negates the need for a center-front stabilizer jack and simplifies setup. The four outriggers can be set in full, mid-, and retracted spans. Outrigger floats are stowed up front and at the rear of the machine. National uses a slide-on and -off style float with a retention pin and clasp to retain it. Outrigger control stations are located on each side of the machine along with an E-stop, and operators preselect whether they are going to extend or retract the outrigger and then select which outrigger will set. Per OSHA regulations, National only allows the operator to run the outriggers from the side of the machine they are working from and only those outriggers it can see. A pendant controller in the crane cab also allows the operator to control the beams and jacks.

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If a customer wants a front outrigger, it is available as an option. If a front outrigger is added, then a front bumper switch is included to control the stabilizer. The electronic and hydraulic components are included, making it easier to add. The NBT50 Series is designed to be operated by one person, if necessary, and the main and auxiliary hoists can be controlled from the front bumper, if equipped. In the cab, operators are able to turn on and off the main and auxiliary hoists, so if the hoists are disabled in the cab, then they are disabled in front. To access the cab, National provides a number of options. A fixed swing-out ladder is new on this unit, which allows the operator climb directly into the cab. An aluminum ladder is stowed and locked in the rear of the crane; it is lightweight and can be hung off the deck anywhere there are holes on the deck, for example on the opposite side of the machine if the boom is swung over the rear. At the rear of the machine, the crane now incorporates a structural bumper, rather than a cosmetic bumper, designed to meet tractor-trailer requirements. The bumper is permanently bolted to the truck frame. Likewise, the hydraulic tank is actually a part of the crane, allowing more toolbox space. The boom rest is integral to the torsion box, and aluminum decking bolts to the structure, to eliminate truck clearance issues. The NBT50 Series incorporates the Manitowoc common cab, which is now on the Manitowoc 14000 crawler, the Grove TM500 truck crane, and all NBT Series boom trucks. This cab will eventually make its way across all newly introduced and future Grove products. Everything in the cab is based on an electronic CANbus system. The standard machine has a diesel heater in the cab, and air conditioning is an option and can be fitted aftermarket in the field. Controls are available as single- or dual-axis joysticks. If an auxiliary hoist is added, the telescope pedal moves to the floor and the auxiliary hoist replaces telescope on the controls. Manitowoc manufactures the LMI and utilizes third-party sensors.

The boom truck incorporates a cab common to a number of Manitowoc cranes. Because the crane incorporates CANbus, the trucks meet SAE J1939 standards. At the Equipment Showcase, the NBT50 was mounted on an International chassis, the standard truck if the customer doesn’t have a preference. All indicators from the cab, such as fuel level, battery voltage, or coolant levels, are communicated as faults on the LMI screen, where information is displayed graphically. As a side note, the LMI also now monitors outrigger positions on the NBT50 Series. It should be noted that National now offers rear load charts with this series as well. To facilitate field installation, control valves are included so optional controls like radio remotes can be more readily added later. Pressure disconnects tie with a Parker quick disconnect to check pressures for the pump, load sense, pilot pressure, and swing brake release pressure. All the ports are easily accessed and labeled so they are easy to identify. The standard boom is four section and 102 feet long. An optional five-section, 128-foot boom will soon be available. The jib options include a 26-foot retracted length fixed jib at 0°and 30° offset, and a 26- to 45-foot telescopic jib with 0° and 30° offset angles. Auxiliary hoist is an option, and an auxiliary nose is also available. ■


Taking Materials to the Next Level Maneuverability and flexibility make compact telehandlers indispensable on jobsites. By Lynette Von Minden


hen it comes to moving materials to low levels on just about any jobsite, compact telescopic handlers are up to the task. While their larger, full-size brethren may have a higher load capacity and a longer reach, compact telehandlers are far more maneuverable, making them useful in a wide variety of applications, including construction, agriculture, and landscaping. Their smaller size and tighter turning radius make it possible to navigate around obstacles and deliver materials in confined areas inaccessible to larger equipment, like residential backyards or even some interior doorways. Jim Blower, senior product marketing manager for JCB North America, says that in many situations, compact telehandlers can efficiently manage tasks previously handled by other types of heavy equipment. “Compact telehandlers can be outfitted with a number of attachments, making them able to perform many of the same tasks as a skid steer loader, for example,” Blower explains. “While skid steers are known for being highly maneuverable and useful in small spaces, compact teleLynette Von Minden is a public relations counsel for Swanson Russell, Lincoln, Neb.

handlers combine that same maneuverability with greater reach. Because of their extendable boom, operators can lift much heavier loads across obstacles or up to a higher level than what’s possible with a skid steer.” JCB offers five Loadall models of compact telehandlers—the 515-40, 520-40, 520-50, 52450 and the 527-55. These models differ from one another primarily in horsepower, maximum lift height, and maximum lift capacity. The 520-40 is at the smaller end of the scale and features a 13'3" lift height, 4,000-pound capacity, and 50hp JCB Dieselmax engine, and the 527-55 at the larger end with a 6,000-pound capacity, 18'4" lift height, and 84-hp JCB Dieselmax engine. The company’s newest and smallest model is the 515-40, which was introduced in February 2010, and it is able to handle up to 3,300 pounds with a lift height of 13'2." Additionally, compact telehandlers are often classified by their dimensions and weight. JCB’s five models measure less than 7 feet tall and 6'7" wide, and they weigh between 7,670 and 12,500 pounds. The range of attachments that can be used by these compact telehandlers is considerable— forks, light material buckets, general purpose buckets, and collector and angle brooms, just to name a few. Able to travel forward at up to 20 miles per hour over rough terrain and lift heavy

loads up to a height of 18 feet, these machines combine speed with durability and stability. “Deciding between a skid steer loader and a compact telehandler really comes down to how the machine will be used and the physical characteristics of the work site,” Blower adds. Heavy equipment dealers throughout North America say more customers are requesting information on compact telehandlers. In the right scenario, these machines are often able to handle a wide assortment of tough jobs faster and more efficiently than other, more commonly used equipment. Due to their high level of adaptability, compact telehandlers also can reduce the need to rent, own, or maintain multiple specialized pieces of equipment, potentially saving many users both time and money. “Compact telehandlers are one of the most versatile machines that we sell,” says Jon Linstruth, sales manager for Associated Supply Co., Lubbock, Texas. “While there will always be the need for other types of compact equipment like skid steers and mini excavators, compact telehandlers are becoming extremely popular because not only are they adept at moving heavy loads, they’re also smaller, faster, and they can lift those loads much higher.” Paul Maher, sales manager for Liftech Equipment Companies, East Syracuse, N.Y., also believes in the value of these mighty little machines. “Often, a customer will purchase a compact telehandler based on positive word of mouth, and because of their lack of personal experience with the machine, they can be a little wary of how useful it will really be,” Maher explains. “But once they start using the compact telescopic handlers, they almost always find that these machines can accomplish an amazing number of tasks. Our customers begin to wonder how they ever managed without them.” The following application stories show the various uses for compact telehandlers described by Hamilton Feed and Grain, Natural Stone Water Sculptures, and Bianchi Bark & Gravel, which only scratch the surface of what these versatile machines can accomplish. While they’ve certainly proved themselves to be invaluable in any scenario that calls for the lifting and transport of heavy materials, their impressive maneuverability, stability, traction and ease of operation are making them popular for a much broader range of applications. There’s a great deal of evidence that shows compact telehandlers will be making themselves indispensable to even more heavy equipment operators and business owners in the very near future. May-June 2010 l LiFT


Businesses moving and delivering agricultural materials rely on compact telehandlers.


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Bianchi Bark & Gravel Grapeview, Wash.


n Grapeview, Wash., Jim Bianchi of Bianchi Bark & Gravel is moving large quantities of rocks. “My business offers bark, gravel, limestone, lava rock, and top soil for landscape use,” Bianchi says. “I retail these products directly to homeowners, and I also sell them on a wholesale basis to landscape contractors.” Bianchi must move large quantities of these materials around his operation and dump them directly into truck beds of varying sizes and heights. His JCB 520-40 compact telehandler offers a fast and efficient way to transport these materials. “In the past, I used a couple of skid steers,” Bianchi recalls. “But while those machines definitely have their good points, they weren’t as well suited for my line of work as the telehandler.” Bianchi’s skid steers weren’t able to reach high enough to load many of the large trucks driven by his wholesale customers. During the wet winter and spring months in the Pacific Northwest, the skid steer’s tires also tended to tear up the property surrounding his storage area. For the same reason, Bianchi was unable to use those machines when delivering materials to homeowners—the skid steers could easily damage his customers’ lawns. A friend showed Bianchi a JCB brochure featuring a compact telehandler. After viewing one of the machines in person, Bianchi was impressed by both its tight turning radius and the extendable, low, off-set boom. He purchased a pre-owned JCB telehandler with only 27 hours of service on it, and he was immediately pleased with the machine’s maneuverability and its impressive reach. “The extendable boom allowed me to load material at a much higher level than I ever could with a skid steer,” Bianchi says. Being located near many logging areas, Bianchi also has ventured into the firewood business. “I have a few suppliers who bring me logs that are 12 to 14 feet long and up to 3 feet wide, and they obviously need to be cut before I can sell them as firewood,” Bianchi explains. “Fortunately, my compact telehandler is so stable, I can attach a grapple bucket to the machine

and use it to pick up logs by grabbing them in the middle. Then, the machine can hold the logs up in the air while I cut them into smaller sections with a chain saw.” While speed and efficiency are important to Bianchi, safety and comfort also played a role in his decision to purchase a compact telehandler. “I’m 72 years old, and the side entry door on my machine’s cab offers better ease of access,” Bianchi says. “Plus, when I used my old skid steer, I often had to lift loads up almost directly over my head in order to get them up far enough to dump into high-sided truck beds or trailers—and honestly, I accidentally dumped a few of those loads right on the cab. With the extended boom of my telehandler, I can always keep loads far enough out in front of me that I don’t risk dumping them on top of my machine.” The compact telehandler also has a positive effect on Bianchi’s bottom line. “Before I purchased this machine, I could only use a half-yard bucket to pick up and move materials,” Bianchi explains. “Say I need to move 7 yards of gravel. With my old skid steer, it would’ve taken 14 trips, but with my telehandler, I only need to make seven trips, and it takes half the time. That makes a big difference when you’re averaging 10 deliveries a day.”

Natural Stone Water Sculptures Rochester, N.Y.


ased in Alleghany County, N.Y., David Spencer owns his own landscape design/build firm, specializing in unique water features that can be compared to works of art. The inspiration for his first water feature came while Spencer was on a hike and noticed the beautiful natural pools formed by stone in the rivers and streams nearby. He had the idea of bringing the beauty of these natural pools to residential and commercial properties, thus beginning his business, Natural Stone Water Sculptures. Moving large stones and slabs into residential backyards of all shapes and sizes is an essential part of Spencer’s work. Fortunately, his JCB 524-50 compact telehandler makes what could be a difficult task much easier. “We use our machine to pick up, haul, and position all

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Natural Stone Water Sculptures switched from a skid steer loader to a compact telehandler in order to lift heavier stones for larger sculptures. the stones that go into our landscape designs and water features,� Spencer says. “By attaching a bucket to our telehandler, we can also move soil, gravel, and all sorts of other material throughout the landscape.� Before purchasing his compact telehandler, Spencer used a skid steer loader when installing his water sculptures. Now he uses heavy-duty forks with his compact telehandler to perform the lifting necessary when working with boulders and slabs of stone. “We eventually outgrew the skid steer because we needed to lift heavier stones for the larger sculptures,� Spencer explains. “Our compact telehandler can handle up to 2.5 tons with no problem. With the fork attachment, I can quickly approach these large slabs, lift them, and move them into place in just a manner of minutes.� Spencer feels the investment in his compact telehandler was a wise one, as he can finish each job more quickly and move onto the next, allowing him to work with a larger number of clients in the same amount of time. “I’ve looked at other types of equipment, and most are extremely expensive in comparison to my compact telehandler, yet they don’t offer any additional functionality,� Spencer says. “Plus, my machine gets the job done, and it’s easy to use—what more could I ask for?�

grain mill in Coleman, Okla., Hamilton Feed and Grain specializes in the manufacture and sale of both seed and “Ko-zees,â€? which are wood pellets used as an efficient fuel source for wood stoves. The mill also produces a commercial pecan crop and sells fertilizer products. Owner Dan Hamilton and his crew use a JCB 527-55 compact telehandler purchased from Pettit Machinery in Ardmore, Okla., for just about every tough job around their work site. “We move logs, wood pellets, piles of sawdust, dirt, you name it,â€? Hamilton says. “When brush accumulates around the property, we break it up with our brush rake and then use the compact telehandler to move and dispose of it. And because our machine has such a wide bucket, we can also use it to load pecan trash and composting materials up into 12'x6' truck beds.â€? According to Hamilton, the most important features of his compact telehandler are its maneuverability, lifting capacity, and the ability to extend loads far out in front of the operator while remaining stable. “With its four-wheel drive and tight turning radius, it makes its way through muck and around obstacles so easily that it can go just about anywhere,â€? Hamilton explains. “I’ve used it in some pretty rough terrain. If you do get stuck, you can just push yourself out by extending the low, off-set boom.â€? When Hamilton purchased his first compact telescopic handler—a former rental unit—in November 2007, he had no experience using this type of machine and was somewhat skeptical that it would really make a difference in his operation’s efficiency. However, that soon changed. “Honestly, I’m not sure we could run this operation without our compact telehandler,â€? Hamilton says. “We use it on a daily basis to accomplish so many different tasks.â€? â–

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The Data Plan

Managing service, sales, or safety information often requires equipment owners to streamline their records through software.


n order to keep equipment businesses running smoothly, efficient recordkeeping is typically at the top of the list. A variety of data management software applications allows owners to track labor and equipment hours and service tasks; manage costs; train operators; and plan lifts. Read on to learn more about recently introduced software for the lifting equipment industry.

WennSoft Version 10.0 EX WennSoft Version 10.0 EX delivers new features and functionality that will help lifting-equipment professionals with equipment management, utilization, purchasing, rental, sales, and transport. New enhancements are designed to help equipment dealers effectively manage their equipment through more robust reporting, including a report on cost-per-unit and rental utilization. The software also allows users to automatically add service charges on all service work orders—based on a pre-defined formula—and allows for customer exceptions.

“WennSoft Version 10.0 EX will help organizations manage costs and create operational efficiencies, which are critical in these changing economic times,” said Jim Wenninger, CEO of WennSoft.“The components in Version 10.0 EX are based on customer and partner feedback and are designed to ensure our customers maximize their WennSoft business solution.”

Bid2Win Software Updates BID2WIN Software, Portsmouth, N.H., has released Bid2Win 2009 Service Pack 1, the latest version of its estimating and bidding solution. New enhancements, features, and reports were developed based on user feedback received via the company’s technical support hotline, client surveys, and an annual user conference. New features include the ability to flag entire cost categories, or the cost of specific and

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items and tasks, as tax exempt; archive estimates; purge deleted data; copy conversion factors when updating equipment rate classes; and several new ways to customize and save user preferences. Bid2Win Software also has released a Version 2.0 of its BUILD2Win field tracking software, which allows jobsite foremen and field managers to track real-time production quantities, labor hours, equipment hours and material quantities, and compare them against the original estimate. This release includes features such as the ability to add and delete multiple components at once and mobile field tracking, which will allow users to continue working even when their wireless connection does not. “Clients will be able to enter field log information from any location, and the system will automatically synchronize the data behind the scenes when a connection is available—eliminating the frustration of poor signal coverage and increasing productivity,” said Scott Johnson, Build2Win product manager.

RMI Advantage Version 2009 Service Pack 1 RMI Corp., Avon, Conn., has released ADVANTAGE Version 2009 Service Pack 1, which streamlines daily tasks and keeps users focused on key activities. RMI continues to improve the service management area to make it easier to use and helps to keep users organized. Improvements also help service technicians’ efficiency by cutting down on data entry and allowing them to work directly from their assigned service tasks. The latest release streamlines comment entry and access to the technician work journal from the service tasks window. You also can print the service work order report and service map report from this view. Capturing equipment meter readings is easier with checks in place to ensure your team is capturing the reading on each service work order. The Warranty Claims functionality has been improved to cut down on data entry via automated assignments of problem part numbers and operation codes when exact matches exist between the services performed and the codes supplied by the manufacturer. You may also create new problem part numbers and operation codes on the fly and use them in the claims submission process. When the manufacturer allows for the submission of travel, Advantage can automatically check the service work order and suggest that the standard travel rates be applied based on the location of the equipment. Business line salespeople also may now be defined for the customer. When setup, the rental, sale or service salesperson will be assigned to the respective transaction types. And Advantage offers the option to establish customer credit limits by business line (rental, sales, and service). Three new role centers are included in this release: rental manager, service manager and the RMI sales manager. Also, the small business owner role center has been improved to support greater visibility into the health of the business. Addionally, RMI introduces RMIConnect, giving users one-click access to RMI’s extensive training library, events calendar, user group, and remote support. The user experience also has been enhanced through the extension of keyboard shortcuts and additional search tools, improving productivity.

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Fleet Cost & Care FleetNexGen Version 2.5.4 FleetNexGen version 2.5.4 is now available from Fleet Cost & Care, Detroit, Mich. This patch includes new system enhancements, including unit warranty under the warranty tab. The warranty tab will allow users to track warranties for units either on a broad scale, IE 5 year, 10,000-hour general warranty, or on the individual components of the unit, such as the tires and engine. Another enhancement to the system is the “Show Jobs” button will now show all jobs/units in the default mapping program. This feature is helpful when users what a general overview of all current work.

A1A Software 3D Lift Plan Additions New features are continually being added to the 3D Lift Plan suite of products by A1A Software, Fernandina Beach, Fla. In 2009, the company added components for advanced rigging, creating snapshots of a lift plan, and developing multi-crane lifts. With advanced rigging, any number of components can be added to the design, including shackles, master links, hooks, and lifting lugs. When planning multi-crane lifts, the primary crane moves and the trailing crane automatically adjusts to accurately simulate the lift. Other improvements to the lift planning product include support for Mozilla Firefox web browser, the ability to import previously created lift plans ,and a sharing tool to allow lift plans to be shared with clients or coworkers. With the Dispatch product, the user can assign equipment, operators, and crews to jobs; schedule jobs, including travel time; monitor permit requirements; view pending jobs for all cranes and employees; and much more. In other news, ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp., Cleveland, Ohio, has added 3D


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Lift Plan to its arsenal of lift-planning tools to increase safety and improve productivity. The 3D Lift Plan Internet-based application will be available on all onboard crane computers in the ALL fleet. The 3D application allows the planning of complex, multiple-crane lifts, including tower cranes. With the increased ability to calculate and view every detail, ALL’s lift-planning experts can find the most economical crane and rigging configurations for a specific pick, plan around obstructions on a jobsite, and view the site from all angles, saving time and increasing efficiency on the job. Most importantly, thorough lift planning improves lift safety by improving foresight and real-time lift accuracy.,

Etcetera Edutainment Forklift Safety Training Simulator Pittsburgh, Pa.-based Etcetera Edutainment has released Forklift Safety Sim, simulation-based training that allows forklift operators and other workers to learn and practice the principles of OSHA-based forklift safety. The product is designed for

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a broad audience and is suitable for drivers at all levels, as well as for cross training other workers. The major enhancement to Forklift Safety Sim is integration with Etcetera Edutainment’s Safety Training Center (STC). Users can load training software on any compatible PC and manage access to training through individual accounts. It features easy administration with centralized group management and customizable permissions. Centralized tracking allows personalized reporting of achievement, enabling supervisors to track individual and team progress. Centralized reporting provides ongoing documentation of completed training to support. The software also allows capability to import and export user and performance information for updates between the STC and learning management systems.

Genisys Software Version 7.3 Dashboard Modules Genisys Software, Brooklyn Park, Minn., has introduced its Dashboard modules, which consist of six different screens that each can be configured to the user’s specifications. In the future, the module will feature 10 different screens. The image at upper right depicts how to navigate between the six available dashboards by clicking on the tabs on the top of the screen and also shows how the Utilization Analysis screen looks. Current screens include Utilization Analysis, which shows all serialized equipment and how many pieces of inventory are current on rent, in the yard, and in the shop. Eight different chart types, including bar, column, and pyramid, show the information. Additional charts break down the information by equipment type. The A/R and A/P Analysis screen shows a chart for both accounts receivable and accounts payable, with aging information displayed in any format of the user’s choice. It also shows cash balance and line of credit balance.

Revenue by Department Analysis compares five different revenue departments and graphically shows how they are doing compared to month-to-date and yearto-date analysis. Revenue by Type Analysis dashboard compares current revenue to the prior year and budgets for these areas: rental revenues, sales of new and used equipment, parts sales, labor and lastly miscellaneous. On the bottom of the screen are the same comparisons except they are for month to date instead of year to date. Revenue by Sub Type Analysis is a mid-comparison between the Revenue Department and Type Analysis, which lets the user combine some of the revenue departments to do broader comparisons but on the same basis as the Type Analysis. Management Information does an analysis of all open rental contracts and shows how many out by length of contract, such as less than one day, one week, and one month or longer. It also shows average transaction sizes today, this month to date, and this year to date for rental contracts, inventory sales, work orders, and more. ■

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Industry TIPS

Safety Myths Debunked By Jeff Stachowiak


hen it comes to safety, myths and rumors often cloud what are acceptable practices in the lifting equipment industry. Jeff Stachowiak, national safety training director for Sunbelt Rentals, Fort Mills, S.C., developed the following list of items in order to set the record straight on many common myths.

Myth:Training wallet cards are required by OSHA. Wrong!

Myth: A harness and lanyard are fall protection. Guardrails are your best fall Wallet cards or personal training identi- protection.

fication is NOT an OSHA requirement. OSHA will always look to the employer to prove the employer has trained its employees. Wallet cards are a convenient way to determine if someone has attended training without having to ask the employer for written records or proof of training. Many larger general contractors may require wallet card identification for operator training, but that is a jobsite requirement—not an OSHA requirement. Remember though, you can have a wallet full of training cards, but if OSHA determines upon observation that you are doing something wrong, those wallet cards will not do you any good.

Myth: Stay 6 feet from the roof’s edge, and you do not need to be fall protected. Wrong! Even many OSHA people believe this one. Although I’m not sure where this idea came from, I think people confuse the 6-foot vertical fall distance with this myth. OSHA only has seven options for fall protection, and they are guardrails (which may include a parapet wall high enough to satisfy OSHA guardrail height and strength requirements), safety nets, personal fall arrest systems, positioning device systems, warning line systems, controlled access zones, and safety monitoring systems. The last three requires a physical barrier between the worker and the fall hazard. If you are on a roof, you need one of these options to protect you from a fall no matter how far you are from the roof’s edge or fall hazard.

Tying off or using a harness/lanyard is “hitting the ground protection,” not fall protection. In order for a harness/lanyard to work, you have to fall. Therefore the harness/lanyard does not prevent a fall; guardrails prevent falls.

Myth: Harness/lanyards are required on scissor lifts. Partially true. While OSHA and ANSI A92.6 currently do not require occupants in a scissor lift to wear personal fall protection, some manufacturers of scissor lifts may recommend or require their use (see the scissor lift operating manual). If the manufacturer recommends or requires a harness and lanyard in a scissor lift, then OSHA can enforce its use. If OSHA determines that a harness/lanyard might have lessened or prevented someone from getting hurt or killed in a scissor lift accident, it also may issue a citation based on the use.

Myth: Equipment training (boom and scissor lifts, skid steer loaders, backhoes, excavators, etc.) is not an OSHA requirement. Wrong! OSHA requires that employees know the hazards that they might be exposed to at work. • OSHA Construction Standard “1926.21(b) (2) The employer shall instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of

Are there other Safety Myths you’d like debunked? Contact Jeff at safetytraining or toll free at 866-455-4106 with any further questions. and

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unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to his work environment to control or eliminate any hazards or other exposure to illness or injury.” • OSHA Industry Standard “1910.9(b) Training. Standards in this part requiring training on hazards and related matters, such as standards requiring that employees receive training or that the employer train employees, provide training to employees, or institute or implement a training program, impose a separate compliance duty with respect to each employee covered by the requirement. The employer must train each affected employee in the manner required by the standard, and each failure to train an employee may be considered a separate violation.”

Myth: Lock Out-Tag Out (LOTO) does not apply to construction equipment. Wrong! This one is complicated. While OSHA does not have a LOTO standard in construction (1926), only in the industry (1910) standard, there are references to locking out hydraulic arms/buckets on construction equipment, and you must follow the manufacturers’ operator and maintenance manuals with regard to all repairs wherever that equipment might be. OSHA can cite based on the General Duty clause, referencing the Operator or Maintenance manual’s instructions.

Myth: A 5,000-pound warehouse forklift can pick up 5,000 pounds. Maybe, but typically not. Although the ID plates states the forklift’s lifting capacity, the stated capacity is often not the same as the ID plate. Both threesection masts and side-shifting take away capacity from the original rating. OSHA and ASME/ANSI require manufacturers to test and state on the ID plate the maximum capacity at maximum or full height. Therefore, the taller the lift height and the more mast sections there are, the less capacity the forklift will

lift. The stated capacity on the ID plate is the maximum capacity. PERIOD.

Myth:This _______is OSHAapproved or OSHA-certified. Wrong! OSHA does not approve or certify any product, service, or training. You can attend OSHA Outreach classes that will make you an OSHA Outreach instructor/trainer. That is as close as OSHA gets to certifying training. Products or training may “meet” or “exceed” OSHA regulations or requirements, but OSHA does not endorse, test, review, approve, or certify any products. The same goes for ANSI—it does not approve products.

Myth:Training employees will make them work safe. Maybe. Training is, no doubt, an important part in preventing accidents but only a small part. There are many other elements to a successful safety program that need to happen simultaneously to help reduce accidents. Other important aspects of a successful safety program include leadership supervision to correct unsafe behavior, encouragement of safe behavior, and effective accident and nearmiss investigation. Also share results with all employees involved in safety and obtain their input to help develop processes, correct unsafe conditions, and measure your progress.

Myth: OSHA recordable rates are the score to measure safety success. Wrong! OSHA TIR or TTIR can be a measure to use, but it is not the only measure. Lost time rates, lost days, claims management, safety attitudes or culture, audits, observations, and training all play important roles in measuring safety success. Using the OSHA TIR as your only score to measure success or failure is like looking at the final score of a baseball game and saying we won or lost without analyzing any other aspects of the game. You can be “lucky” and not have accidents with little or no safety effort. ■

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May/June 2010 Lift and Access  

In-Depth Coverage of Products, Technologies & Trends for Lifting Equipment Professionals

May/June 2010 Lift and Access  

In-Depth Coverage of Products, Technologies & Trends for Lifting Equipment Professionals