Remembering a crane hero

In recalling events and heroics from World War II, most are quick to speak about Hitler, the Holocaust, the beaches of Normandy, and purple hearts. As these things well deserve the attention they receive, not all war-bound heroics are of such magnitude and recognition. There are a few who still remember what a lone teenager… Read more »

Step Forward in Construction Crane Safety

Last November a 210 foot crane collapsed in Bellevue, WA and killed a man, causing heavy damage to three buildings in the process. It was considered “one of the worst construction disasters in state history.” This accident is the catalyst for new crane safety rules and guidelines. The need for standardization in crane and heavy… Read more »

Heavy Equipment Rodeo

Every two years Toronto, Canada hosts The National Heavy Equipment Show, the most recent just having ended on March 21-22, 2007. This year the show drew a record number in audience, exceeding 11,000 visitors. One of the prestigious events in the show is the Backhoe Rodeo. It’s been nearly 10 years, and Octavio Miranda still… Read more »

Accidents Plague Construction Industry

In the last few weeks numerous accidents have been reported involving construction sites and heavy equipment. Some have resulted in deaths, others in injuries, and fortunately some in neither. However, the concerns of safety and monetary costs are undoubtedly at threat in all incidents. In Darwin, Australia two families barely escaped injury and possible death… Read more »

Heavy Equipment Theft A Growing Problem

The Contractors Association of West Virginia is holding a seminar today as part of the 28th Annual West Virginia Equipment, Technology, and Design Exposition. Big deal, right? This happens every year. However, this year’s exposition will be holding a seminar on a topic previously not discussed: heavy equipment theft. The CAWV became aware of this… Read more »