New Crane Operator Regulations in the Works

For the first time since 1971 the federal government is updating crane regulations. Triggered by various lethal crane accidents around the country this past year, the U.S. Department of Labor is set to release drafts of the new regulations, which focus mainly on crane operator standards. New Standards The new regulations will require crane operators… Read more »

Researchers at the University of Purdue have developed new designs to reduce fuel consumption in heavy equipment machinery. These designs include eliminating valves to direct the flow of the fluid in heavy equipment and microstructure surfaces inside the hydraulic pumps to improve performance. Research has shown that the “valveless” design can reduce fuel by up… Read more »

New Site for Heavy Equipment Buyers/Sellers, Powered by Ebay

Save on Construction Equipment just announced the launch of its new website, saveonheavyequipment.com. The new site, powered by Ebay, is to offer “pre-owned heavy equipment, available online for discount prices.” Users can bid on heavy equipment regularly (Backhoe Loaders, Crawler Dozers & Loaders, Trailers, Asphalt & Concrete Pavers, Lifts, Graders, Cranes, Excavators, Wheel Loaders, Stump… Read more »

NAHETS Member Schools Elect Non-Renewal Status with NCCER

On August 1, 2008 NAHETS member schools elected to not renew their Accredited Training Sponsor and Accredited Training Unit status with the National Center on Construction Education and Research NCCER. In late August NAHETS member school’s notified NCCER of their intended actions regarding their election to not renew their training entity status with NCCER; however,… Read more »

“Germany’s 3 Mile Island?” Nuclear Power Plant Crane Accident

How important is proper crane operator certification and crane training?  This accident recently shut down two nuclear power plant reactors in Germany. Germany’s oldest nuclear reactor was recently shut down as a result of a crane accident.  The operator of the Biblis nuclear power plant said the turbine linked to reactor B was automatically turned… Read more »