Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Safety Tips for Lift Equipment: Jurong shipyard accident 'one of the worst'

Safety Tips for Lift Equipment: Jurong shipyard accident 'one of the worst'

As always, worker safety is paramount to any company; working on elevated work platforms to jack up boats requires some type of platform level (or tilt out of level) monitoring system to assure the workers have as much advanced warning as possible.
Skip Gosnell
Rieker Inc.

Monday, November 26, 2012

World of Concrete Preview - Vegas 2013

ALH previews World of Concrete

Written by Lindsey Anderson - 19 Nov 2012
Canadian-based Hydro Mobile was one of the sponsors for World of Concrete’s Masonry Construction Challenge.
Canadian-based Hydro Mobile was one of the sponsors for World of Concrete’s Masonry Construction Challenge.
World of Concrete is slated to hit Sin City this coming Feb. 4-8, 2013 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The annual masonry and concrete construction trade show hopes to capitalize on more than 550,000 net square feet of exhibit space and increase its 1,200 exhibitors that were on hand in 2012.

“There was a very positive and optimistic buzz on the show floor,” says Jackie James, World of Concrete show director. “World of Concrete 2012 [was] a huge success.”

Visitors can expect a range of masonry- and concrete-related exhibits, from scaffolding to telehandlers.
In the telehandler range, French aerial work platform manufacturer Manitou will show off its rotating telehandler. While rotating telehandlers have been popular in Europe for some time, the units are just now slowly gaining momentum in the U.S. The MRT Privilege line includes the 2150 and 2540. The MRT 2150 features a maximum lift capacity of 11,021 pounds and a lift height of 67 feet, 7 inches. As for the 2540, the maximum lift capacity is 8,818 pounds and maximum lift height is 80 feet, 9 inches.

“Masons, roofers and renovators look to the MRT 2150 and MRT 2530 for their crane capabilities, high lifting ability and material handling,” Manitou says.

Hydro-Mobile will use the show to “spread the word” about its transport platform, the company tells ALH. “The transport platform can be installed with an F-Series work platform, sharing the same mast,” Hydro-Mobile says. “This allows multiple configurations, flexibility and versatility.”

The company will also display its M-Series mast climbing work platform as well as the P-Series.
Meanwhile, Fraco will promote its BR-1; a new under-bridge platform that was developed for the infrastructure market. The company will also show examples of its FH650 construction hoist.

“After one year of operation at the University of Montreal Hospital Center project, we can say that it is mature and ready for the market,” says Jacques LainĂ©, director of marketing for Fraco. “The demand for that type of construction hoist is important.”

Other than a range of equipment, visitors can also register to attend a number of educational sessions. (Sessions cost extra.) The Scaffold & Access Industry Association will offer a number of educational training courses during WoC. These include: competent person training for frame and scaffold; competent person training for suspended scaffold; and mast climber operator training.

The mast climber program is available through a training alliance between the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) and SAIA. This program is designed for individuals who work from, or operate mast climber work platforms. This course covers all the safety aspects regarding mast climbers, pre- and post-use checks, regulations, fall protection and general use. The course format includes a combination of presentation, question and answer, practical application and final exam.

For a complete show guide with more in-depth information and new products that will be displayed, see the January/February 2013 issue of Access, Lift & Handlers.

Show details
Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109
P: 702-892-0711

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Link-Belt Launches RTC-8080 Series II RT Crane

Link-Belt Launches RTC-8080 Series II RT Crane
rt craneThis week at its CraneFest, Link-Belt debuted the RTC-8080 Series II rough-terrain crane, featuring 80 tons of capacity, a full-power, four-section boom, and the Link-Belt Pulse total crane operating system.

According to Rick Curnutte, Link-Belt's telescopic crane product manager, the newest addition to the RT lineup "hits the the mark between the RTC-8065 Series II and RTC-8090 Series II." The RTC-8080 Series II replaces the RTC-8075 model.

Read Full Story 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Swiss Army Knives of Construction

Lift & Access Magazine - March-April 2012 Issue Feature Story:
Swiss Army Knives of Construction
Like the versatile tool kits tucked into a handle, compact telehandlers are highly useful machines that have features and attachments to do all kinds of work in construction, demolition, landscaping, masonry, agriculture, and many other applications.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Dubai to review all speed limits in safety bid

Dubai's transport authority is planning to review speed limits on all roads over the next two years in a bid to improve safety, an official said on Monday.
, Monday, 5 March 2012 6:04 PM

Maitha bin Udai, CEO of the Licensing Agency, part of the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), said speed limits would be assessed and revised if necessary.
The two-year programme comes as the RTA approved a Speed Management Manual which has been compiled by a British consultant.
"The RTA has chalked out a time frame over the next two years for assessing the maximum speed signs fixed all over roads and streets of Dubai Emirate including revising them, if needed," bin Udai said.
"The strategy of road safety in Dubai is a top priority aligned with RTA's vision and therefore every effort is continuously being made to make the roads of the Emirate the safest in the world," she added.
Among the key objectives of the strategy is to curb traffic-related mortalities to bring them in line with the rates of the most developed countries by 2015.
The RTA said it has made good progress as traffic fatalities has fallen from 21.7 cases per 100,000 people in 2007 to 6.7 cases per 100,000 last year.
"Despite the fact the traffic fatality rate in Dubai is better than countries such as Malaysia, South Africa and the United States, the RTA is still aspiring to place Dubai amongst the cities with the least traffic fatalities in the world," said bin Udai.
International studies indicate that increasing the driving speed by up to 5 percent over and above the specified speed limits result in the rate of traffic accidents causing injuries rising by 10 percent and fatalities by 20 percent.
Last month, figures showed the number of people killed on the UAE’s roads fell by 12.8 percent last year compared to 2010.
In 2011, the Interior Ministry’s General Administration of Traffic Co-ordination registered 720 deaths as a result of traffic accidents, down from 826 in 2010.
The total number of traffic accidents in the UAE declined from 7,642 in 2010 to 6,700.

"The instrument used for assessing safe curve speed limits is a ball bank indicator. The angle and buzzer settings reflect the operating speeds of US Federal, State, and local roads and highways, based upon the "Speed Zone Theory" and "85th Percentile Speeds", which is adapted by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO); Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and as defined in the Federal and/or State Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, (MUTCD). " Skip Gosnell, Rieker Inc.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Inclinometers to measure the longitudinal and cross inclination of the bridge.

Engineers use Leica equipment to monitor Danube bridge

Engineers in Slovakia have been able to use equipment from Leica Geosystems to carry out automated monitoring of one to the key bridges over the Danube river in Bratislava.

The engineers used a range of Leica total stations and GNSS receivers to carry out precise geodetic surveying on the Apollo Bridge, and find a range of measurements concerning the daily deformations caused to the bridge.

The surveyors from the Department of Surveying at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava wanted to asses the 3D displacements of observed points, positioned at the bridge floor and at the top of bridge arch measured by total station.

They also used GNSS sensors to determine the horizontal displacement of a point at the top of the bridge and inclinometers to measure the longitudinal and cross inclination of the bridge.

The measurements were taken over a 24-hour period and found the greatest changes were caused when traffic was at its heaviest and when the temperature was warmest.

The project was used to prove the importance and value of automatic deformation monitoring systems and it is hoped it will lead to the permanent monitoring of all five of the bridges across the Danube in Bratislava.