OSHA Proposes Rule Changes for Crane Operators

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced a proposed rule designed to increase the safety of America’s construction sites. In addition to providing long-term clarity regarding crane operator certification requirements, the proposal reinstates the employer duty to ensure that a crane operator is qualified to safely operate equipment.

Under the proposed rule, a change to the categories of certifications for crane operators would ensure more operators are able to meet the requirement. The proposal discontinues a 2010 requirement, which never went into effect, that crane operator certification must include the crane lifting capacity for which the operator is certified. The proposal would expand the type of certification programs for crane operators.

Comments on the proposed rule may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, or by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for submission details. Comments must be submitted by June 20, 2018.

OSHA recently published a final rule extending the operator certification compliance date until November 10, 2018, in order to provide the agency with additional time to complete this rulemaking to address stakeholder concerns related to the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

Boom Crane Offers Safety, Innovation

The LRT 1090-2.1 boom crane blends safety with innovation.

The LRT 1090-2.1 boom crane blends safety with innovation.

German crane manufacturer Liebherr has re-entered the rough-terrain market. Impressed by the line’s capabilities and safety features, the ALL Family of Companies has pre-ordered 15 machines. The LRT 1090-2.1 is a 100-USt full power boom crane, set to debut at the 2017 CONEXPO-CON/AGG show (March 7–11, Las Vegas).

The LRT 1090-2.1 blends safety with innovation. The manufacturer’s VarioBase outrigger monitoring system enables each support to be extended to a different length while automatically delivering support status information to the operator. It’s ideal for maintaining safety and flexibility in the tight spaces encountered in today’s urban and industrial jobsites. It also allows for capacity when lifting over the supports.

The boom crane incorporates safety features into a modern package. The flat deck, electrically extendable cab platform, and multiple ladders minimize the risk of fall injuries. Controls are easy to understand. The attachment of the counterweight and installation of the jib are fully monitored by the boom crane during setup.

All-Terrain Cranes Feature Range of Boom Lengths and Lifting Capacities

The ALL Family of Companies has strengthened its all-terrain crane fleet with the addition of five Liebherr ATs.

The ALL Family of Companies has strengthened its all-terrain crane fleet with the addition of five Liebherr ATs.

The ALL Family of Companies has strengthened its all-terrain crane fleet with the addition of five Liebherr ATs, all featuring an innovative crane support system. The Liebherr ATs, with a wide range of boom lengths and lifting capacities, will be diverted to locations where demand is heaviest, but will generally serve customers in Cleveland, the Carolinas, branches serving the northern part of the U.S., and ALL locations in Canada.

The Liebherr ATs, scheduled for delivery in spring and summer of 2016, include:

  • Two 70-USt LTM 1060-3.1: one will be shared among the Central Rent-A-Crane (Indiana) branches, Central Contractors Service branches (Illinois), and ALL Canada Crane locations, and the second will go into the general company fleet.
  • One 65-USt LTM 1055-3.2, going to ALL Carolina Crane.
  • One 240-USt LTM 1200-5.1, going to ALL Carolina Crane.
  • One 265-USt LTM 1220-5.2, going to the main yard in Cleveland.

These ATs are a part of a line of Liebherrs that include the VarioBase variable supporting base system. VarioBase allows the operator to customize the crane’s outrigger extensions to best take advantage of the available working space, which in turn helps enhance lifting capacity and flexibility on the job site while creating greater efficiency. In tight spaces or on narrow sites, it can be challenging to extend all the outriggers as far as necessary for proper and safe lifting. With VarioBase, each support can be extended to whatever custom length is needed to fit the site. Then the load moment limiter within the crane’s LICCON control system ensures that the unit can operate and hoist loads safely. According to Liebherr, VarioBase calculates the precise lifting capacity for any support base and then monitors the crane’s stability, which helps increase the safe working range, as well as the lifting capacity. The work planner in the LICCON system also allows jobs to be planned and simulated in advance if desired.

Articulating Crane Has Reach of 50 Feet and Can Lift up to 10,361 Pounds

Fascan International, distributor of Fassi articulating cranes, has recently introduced the F200BSXP—specifically designed for the roofing industry—to the North American market.

Fascan International, distributor of Fassi articulating cranes, has recently introduced the F200BSXP—specifically designed for the roofing industry—to the North American market.

Fascan International, distributor of Fassi articulating cranes, has recently introduced the F200BSXP—specifically designed for the roofing industry—to the North American market.

The F200BSXP has a reach of 50 feet, can lift up to 10,361 pounds and is easily mounted on the rear of standard flatbed truck.

The F200BSXP features:

    Increased access:

  • With the capacity to lift and place 10 squares of materials to 44 feet, the F200BSXP can deploy pallets of roofing materials to work areas that conveyors cannot.
  • Articulation makes it much easier for operators to place materials up and over dormers, gables and other architectural obstacles.
  • Reduced extension at the front of the truck, compared to a conveyor, increases the maneuverability of the entire vehicle and expands the locations where it can be used.
    Increased efficiency:

  • Not only is the F200BSXP able to lift and place materials from truck to roof, it can just as easily load materials back to the truck for returns.
  • Use of a crane reduces the number of workers needed on a job site.
  • The F200BSXP’s loading capacity places more materials closer to specific work areas, sooner, making it easier for roofers to begin their work.
    Improved worker safety:

  • The F200BSXP brings materials to workers, as opposed to having workers walk back and forth to conveyors carrying bundles of materials, reducing the risk of injury.
  • Use of a crane eliminates tripping hazard of a conveyor.
  • Radio remote operation reduces the need for workers to be on the truck bed.

Konecranes Offers Training Courses to Reduce Crane Accidents

Konecranes Training Institute aims to reduce crane accidents through education.

Konecranes Training Institute aims to reduce crane accidents through education.

Konecranes is an overhead crane manufacturer with a complete range of lifting equipment and industrial crane service professionals. Konecranes Training Institute in New Berlin, Wis. is a key element in the portfolio of equipment and expertise with which Konecranes supports its customers.

“Many crane accidents are caused by poor or improper rigging practices,” says Jim Lang, general manager of the Konecranes Training Institute. “One of the key items we learned from our Crane Accident study covering 10 years’ worth of overhead crane accidents was that 59 percent of the time when a load dropped this was because of a rigging issue. This very common deficiency is what we address in our Rigging Fundamentals course.”

Details revealed by the study are available in a short video produced by Konecranes Training Institute. It can be estimated that up to 70 percent of the overhead crane accidents may have been prevented by proper training.

According to Lang, the Rigging Fundamentals course from the Konecranes Training Institute teaches workers how to safely rig loads for different lifting conditions. For example, a 5,000-pound load rigged for a low headroom lift close to the ceiling could potentially require chains rated at 25,000 pounds or greater rather than 5,000 pounds depending on the angle between the hook and the load. Acute angles may multiply lifting stresses by more than five times the actual weight of the load.

Nucor Steel Gallatin in Ghent, Ky. has hosted the Rigging Fundamentals and Signalling courses more than 20 times, covering more than 300 employees over in 2014. According to Nucor Steel Gallatin’s Electrical Engineer Joe Rachford, the course has been invaluable since OSHA regulations changed to differentiate between operational and construction lifts.

“We could be picking up a motor, and if it is an in-kind motor, that is a maintenance lift and qualifies as operational. However, if it is an upgraded energy-efficient motor, it becomes a construction lift as it is new equipment,” says Rachford. “To cover ourselves, we now train everyone to the more stringent standards for construction lifts.”

Rachford says that while Konecranes training overlaps much of what Nucor had already established with their normal maintenance procedures, the Konecranes course is more technical and contains much more detail.

“We received very positive critiques coming back from the individual associates who completed the classes. I looked at every one and for the most part, all were very complimentary,” says Rachford.

Nucor Steel‘s Gallatin campus is now working with Jim Lang to put four individuals through Konecranes “train the trainer” course to ensure that there is a trainer available on-site when needed. Instructors must complete training every two years to remain certified, and the training materials are licensed from Konecranes.

“Since all of our new hires must complete the course before they can perform construction lift work, this program gives us the ability to go to our training room and immediately provide the same one-on-one instruction that Konecranes conducts on site,” says Rachford. “It is a great time-saver for us.”

Konecranes Training Institute lists all available courses and its regional seminars on the Konecranes training website.

Overhead Crane Can Be Tailored for a Variety of Lifting Applications

UNITON from Konecranes

UNITON from Konecranes

Konecranes latest advancement in its equipment offering for heavy-duty lifting and process industries, is a robust overhead crane that can be tailored for unique lifting applications.

Using a rugged construction concept with multiple trolley configurations and proven components, including Konecranes Core of Lifting (motor + gearbox + control system), UNITON delivers a crane that can be tailored to customers’ unique needs.

Standard features of the UNITON from Konecranes include fabricated box end trucks with 90-degree MCB-type bearing housings that are easy to replace and promote long life. UNITON’s robust design also benefits from Konecranes two-point drum suspension, which inhibits deflections of the rope drum from causing misalignment in the connection between the drum and gearbox.

UNITON cranes are available from Konecranes in a wide range of load options, hoisting speeds, lift heights, trolley gauges, frame sizes and capacities, from 6.3 to 160 tons with a single trolley and up to 320 tons with two trolleys. UNITON cranes can be built to meet CMAA duty requirements up to Class F.

The inverter controls for UNITON from Konecranes comes standard in all motions (bridge, trolley and hoist). Inverter drives provide a smoother lifting experience and reduce wear on mechanical components when compared to contactor-controlled cranes. As an optional feature, Extended Speed Range Plus (ESR+) allows for higher lifting and lowering speeds when loads less than the rated load are handled. When the load is less than 10 percent of the rated load, the hoist can be operated at up to 250 percent of the nominal speed, minimizing peak power and energy consumption for a more economical operation.

Optional load control features available on UNITON from Konecranes include Sway Control, Inching, Microspeed, Hoist Synchronization, and Tandem Drive, which links the actions of two cranes.

Konecranes designs and builds each UNITON crane for the ambient conditions of the customer’s operation, defined by the application and environment in which the crane will operate. So factors like temperature, humidity and corrosive elements are anticipated during manufacturing, which helps extend the lifetime of the crane.

ALL Aerials Adds New JLG Aerial Lifts to Its Fleet

ALL Aerials, a standalone division of the ALL Family of Companies, has added to their fleet with a major package purchase of 60 new JLG aerial lifts: a mix of telescopic boom lifts and articulating boom lifts to meet increasing customer needs. Of note, 40 of the 60 units are in the 60- to 86-foot height range, the “sweet spot” that is heavily in demand in mills, processing, general industrial, and the booming vertical construction markets.

All of the machines are equipped with the JLG SkyPower® system that delivers power to the man basket through an integrated power cable. This is ideal when using power tools or hand tools for such jobs as welding and cutting steel. For extra reliability, all of the machines have foam-filled tires, eliminating flats.

The package of 60 units includes (49) JLG telescopic boom lifts and (11) JLG articulating boom lifts, specifically: (6) model 400S telescopic boom lifts and (4) model 460SJ telescopic boom lifts; (14) model 600S telescopic boom lifts and (6) model 660SJ telescopic boom lifts; (5) model 800S telescopic boom lifts and (4) model 860SJ telescopic boom lifts; (4) model 1200SJP telescopic boom lifts and (6) model 1350SJP telescopic boom lifts; and (6) model 600AJ articulating boom lifts and (5) model 800AJ articulating boom lifts.

For comparison, the SJ and AJ models are a bit longer than the comparable S or A models, and come equipped with an optional jib attachment (6 or 8 feet, depending on the model) with vertical rotation of approximately 130 degrees, allowing additional flexibility and the ability to move up and over edges of structures. Topping off the group, the 1200SJP and 1350SJP telescopic boom models feature platform heights of more than 120 feet, horizontal outreach of 75 to 80 feet, and a 1,000-pound capacity in the restricted working envelope (500 pounds in the unrestricted working envelope).

“Adding this number and variety of lifts to the fleet will enhance ALL’s availability to work in high-demand and surging markets. Our customers in refineries, mills, and construction have a great need for the flexibility and durability JLG lifts can provide,” says Michael Liptak, president of the ALL Family of Companies. “We continually manage our fleet to ensure we have the best machines for our customers.”

Many of these units have already been received, with the balance due by mid-November. They will be headed for 13 ALL branches, including Nitro, West Virginia, and to locations in and around Chicago, in Indiana, and throughout the Midwest. Many of these machines have already been rented, so they will be inspected, inventoried, and headed immediately to work as part of North America’s leading fleet of lift equipment.

ALL Aerials not only sells and rents new and used lifts, they also provide maintenance, parts, and service for all of the aerial equipment they rent and sell; that’s a dedication to service excellence that sets ALL apart from the rest.

Articulating Crane Has Lift and Reach Capabilities Requested by Customers

Iowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc. has introduced the 32 tm crane to its lineup of articulating cranes ranging from 2.5 to 80 tm.

Iowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc. has introduced the 32 tm crane to its lineup of articulating cranes ranging from 2.5 to 80 tm.

Iowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc. (IMT), an Oshkosh Corp. company, has introduced the 32 tm crane to its lineup of articulating cranes ranging from 2.5 to 80 tm. The 32/222 crane is designed for superior operator productivity with unique lift and reach capabilities requested by customers.

The excellent strength and reach of the IMT 32 tm crane, along with high working speed and precision control, maximize operator efficiency. Rated 222,050 foot-pounds, the crane features a maximum lifting capacity of 15,058 pounds (6,830 kilograms) at a radius of 14 feet 9 inches (4.5 meters). The crane offers one of the industry’s longest horizontal reaches in the 30 tm range: 69 feet 7 inches (21.2 meters) with eight hydraulic extensions.

Productivity-enhancing features of the 32 tm articulating crane include the dual-power plus link-arm system, 15-degree overbending, continuous rotation and a standard radio remote control. The crane comes standard with the RCL (rated capacity limiter) 5300 system to monitor load moment, operation and function.

Ultra-high tensile steel construction of the hexagonal boom provides a superior lift-to-weight ratio, high lifting capacity at long reaches and increased payload capabilities. Required mounting space has been minimized, providing more space on the truck body and additional truck configuration possibilities.

The dual-power plus link-arm system found on the 32 tm articulating crane:

    • Offers the best lifting capacities under all conditions
    • Provides precise and regular movements in the entire working area
    • Is particularly well-suited for long reaches and lifting in high positions with demanding equipment (such as fly-jib and winch)
    • Works particularly well with the stretch boom system at any height and any reach

“Overbending” means the working area between the main boom and the jib is no less than 195 degrees. Overbending offers greater flexibility when working through narrow passages and under overhead obstructions; the ability to lift maximum loads in all boom positions; and a lower total height when the crane is stowed on the truck body.

The RCL system monitors the crane’s load moment, operation and function. In an overload situation, the system warns the operator and interrupts the distribution of oil for crane functions, while allowing functions that reduce load moment to remain operational. The RCL 5300 cooperates with the user and compensates when the RCL senses a situation requiring intervention.

Additional features of the 32 tm crane include an internal hose routing system for hose protection, multiple stabilizer options and an innovative, flexible stow bracket design that secures boom for transportation but does not allow bracket damage.
The 32 tm crane joins the complete lineup of IMT articulating cranes ranging from the 2.5 tm (18,085 foot-pound) model to the 80 tm (516,440 foot-pound) model.

Trailers Help ALL Erection & Crane Rental Offer Door-to-door Crane Service

ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. has added 108 new Manac specialty trailers to its fleet, a significant acquisition that broadens the company’s ability to offer complete door-to-door crane service. Of the 108 total specialty trailers, 104 feature galvanized steel decks for reduced maintenance and resistance to chips, scratches and wear, particularly corrosion caused by road salt and brine.

“We’ll see a great return on our investment in galvanized steel trailers,” said John Bacci, logistics director, ALL Family of Companies. “Over the life of a trailer, we can do a lot in our shops to extend the life of our fleet – rebuild breaks, wooden decks, electric lines, etc. But we won’t have to completely rebuild these new, galvanized units because they are just that much more durable.”

The company estimates these trailers will remain a vital part of its fleet for three times longer than regular painted trailers. “That’s a significant life-cycle upgrade,” said Bacci, “This durability will make a positive impact for our northern branches that endure brutal winters, but also for branches in the Gulf region, where ocean air can really corrode metal.”

The order includes 100 step-deck trailers, including fifty 45-foot units with close tandem wheels, which are ideal for accompanying the company’s “taxi crane” fleet to job sites. “Taxi cranes,” a daily crane rental fleet, require greater mobility and maneuverability, and are meant especially for city work. Another 50 of the Manac trailers were 48-foot spread axle units. These are preferred for longer hauls and heavier loads. “With these spread axle units, we can get 20,000 pounds per axle anywhere in the United States, so long as we don’t exceed a maximum weight of 80,000 pounds for the entire load,” explains Bacci.

“Manac Inc. makes a great product, and we are satisfied with their service,” said Michael Liptak, ALL Erection & Crane Rental president. “They know us well and apply that knowledge to customize the units for us.”

ALL offers its own fleet of trucks and trailers for transporting cranes so customers’ projects stay on schedule. This capability is part of ALL’s complete service model that includes lift planning, logistics, transport and heavy hauling, the industry’s best-trained operators, disassembly, and 24/7 service from ALL yards strategically located throughout North America.

Global Cranes Launches Lease-to-own Program

Global Cranes, the exclusive distributor of the Zoomlion RT and Crawler crane lines, has just created a one-of-a-kind lease to own program where 100 percent of the payments made go toward the purchase of one of its world-class cranes.

With special financing from Zoomlion Capital, Global Cranes is now leasing its cranes on three- to six-month plans to its U.S. clients, starting at just $5,000 a month for the RT40, a 40-US ton capacity rough terrain crane.

The RT40 is only one of a complete line of cranes loaded with features and a best-in-class chart for lifts at radius. Five models, all ANSI certified, with lifting capacities ranging from 40 to 110 US tons are available. Designed in the U.S. and built by Zoomlion, the entire line has equal or superior construction, features and equipment compared to competing cranes at a fraction of the cost. Now with its new lease-to-own program, Global is making its cranes even more affordable.

“We’ve been flooded with inquiries since we started our revolutionary lease to own program,” said Ed Gibson, Global Sales Manager. “I’m proud of our line and our clients are thrilled with being able to get into a Zoomlion RT so affordably.”

Every crane leased through this program comes with a one-year, 2,000-hour warranty. Based on the popularity of its cranes, Global has recently and dramatically ramped up its parts and service centers, increasing the size and staff to help streamline inquiries. All cranes are available for immediate delivery anywhere in the U.S.