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Pallets at the weekend

Crane hire news - 4. August 2014 - 0:22
Spotted in Glasgow yesterday, two men trying to remove a large sign with a forklift and a pile of pallets UPDATED

Harnesses Saves Two

Crane Accidents - 1. August 2014 - 18:38
Moline, Illinois

Two operators working on a boom lift in Moline, Illinois, yesterday were saved by their harness yesterday after what looks like a platform leveling cylinder failure.

The two men were using a Genie Z-135/70 boom lift to carry out work on the First Lutheran Church’s tower at a height of 30 meters when a failure occurred in the platform leveling circuit causing the aerial lift’s platform to tip forward 90 degrees.

Fortunately both men were wearing a harness and lanyard and within 30 minutes the Rock Island Arsenal Firefighters were able to rescue the stranded men using an aerial ladder platform.

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A failure in the platform leveling circuit caused the aerial lift’s platform to tip

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Fortunately both men were wearing a harness

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Lack of Harness Leads to Fatality

Crane Accidents - 1. August 2014 - 17:20
Ocala, Florida

A man died on Wednesday in Ocala, Florida after he was bounced out of a ‘bucket truck’ truck mounted platform.

Jeffrey Earl Phillips, 42, was working from the platform trimming a tree at a church in the town. He had apparently attached a partially cut tree limb to the platform with a rope and was attempting to pull it free, when the rope broke causing a major catapult effect which ejected him from the basket at a height of around 15 meters.

According to local police reports he was taken to hospital and pronounced dead.

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Skyjack SJ66T assists with repair of historic windmill

CranesY - 1. August 2014 - 8:36

Skyjack helped to repair a 19th century windmill using an Skyjack SJ66T telescopic boom lift at the Avoncroft Museum in Worcestershire, UK. The Skyjack spent a week on site, working on uneven terrain and carefully maneuvering around historic buildings, to repair the 200-year-old, fully operational windmill.

Supplied by local platform rental company GT Access, the SJ66T, which offers a 22.12 m (72.6 ft) working height and 17.37 m (57 ft) of horizontal reach, was chosen for the job as it offers the perfect combination of height, outreach and off-road capability.

Simon Carter, museum director at Avoncroft Museum, explains that to reach the windmill’s broken sails, the team had to navigate over a large field and work around a number of other historic buildings.

“The windmill is located at the far end of the museum, and we needed a machine that could cross uneven ground to reach it,” he says. “The SJ66T was ideal because its four-wheel-drive system allowed us to move easily over the rough terrain. Repairing the windmill was a very delicate task, but the machine has the control and maneuverability we needed to complete the project to the high standards we were expecting.”

Two hundred years ago, workers would have climbed the windmill’s sails to repair them, using basic, wooden ladders. Today, the Skyjack boom lift provided the precise handling and tight turning radius needed to fix the broken sail with ease.

Skyjack machines make up close to 40% of GT Access’s fleet, and Tom Long, manager of the company’s local Bromsgrove depot, explains that the SJ66T was chosen because it was perfectly matched to the needs of the Avoncroft project.

“The SJ66T is certainly one of our most popular machines, and was chosen to give the team the flexibility and maneuverability they needed,” he says. “We look forward to helping Avoncroft on future projects using machines from our Skyjack fleet.”

The traditional post-mill at Avoncroft needed repair after pieces of wood from the windmill’s sails became loose, requiring repacking to reduce wobble. The work was done as a preventative measure to reduce further wear and tear, and to preserve the historic building.

Avoncroft is England’s first open-air museum and has been welcoming members of the public for more than 50 years. It is home to more than 30 historic buildings and structures that have been restored and re-built.

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JLG 1500SJ Boom Lift Wins Contractor Top Choice for Second Consecutive Year

CranesY - 1. August 2014 - 8:33

For the second year in a row, the 1500SJ telescopic boom lift from JLG Industries, Inc. was the gold winner as the top choice of contractors in Roads & Bridges magazine’s Contractor’s Choice Awards competition – aerial work platform (AWP) category.

“This award is particularly meaningful because the 1500SJ was selected as the best in its category by contractors rather than a panel of judges,” said Tim Morris, JLG Industries senior vice president of sales, market development, and customer support. “These are professionals who actually use our equipment every day and depend on JLG machines to complete their work safely and efficiently.”

The 1500SJ handles dual 1,000/500-pound loads and provides immediate access to work at elevated heights by lifting operators 150 feet. A 25-foot telescoping jib offers work envelope flexibility and additional outreach at elevation. Equipped with a fuel-efficient Tier 4 engine, the 1500SJ features three steering modes and exceptional terrainability. The boom is also easy to transport from one job site to another, thanks to a design that requires only a weight permit for highway transport in the U.S.

2014 marks the eighth year for the Contractor’s Choice Awards program, which was developed to recognize manufacturers for the superior equipment and products they provide to the transportation, construction and maintenance industry. The program includes 41 different product categories consisting of 124 gold, silver and bronze winners out of 263 different products nominated for the program.

This year’s winners were announced in the July issue of Roads & Bridges. For more information, visit

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Terex Signs Sargent’s Equipment as Terex Fuchs Dealer

CranesY - 1. August 2014 - 8:24

Terex Construction Americas has announced Sargents Equipment and Repair Service as an authorized distributor of Terex Fuchs material handlers for central and northern Illinois, including the entire Chicago market area, and the eastern, southern and northern portions of Wisconsin. Sargents Equipment now provides its scrap, recycling, portside and logging customers with sales and after-the-sale support for the broad Terex Fuchs equipment line, purpose-built for efficient material handling.

“Sargents Equipment has built a solid reputation for providing strong service support for the equipment lines they represent,” said Terex Construction Americas Sales Director Martin Gonzalez. “Mike Sargent [president of Sargents Equipment] grew up in the scrap market and has a unique understanding of the critical role material handling equipment plays in the success of an operation.”

Regional sales manager of Terex Fuchs equipment Mike Myslicki added, “While Sargents Equipment is well known throughout the scrap, recycling and demolition markets, its approach to providing 24/7 customer service and support will be an asset for companies operating in the logging and portside markets as well.”

With operating weights from 41,888 to 147,710 lb. (19,000 to 67,000 kg), the reliable, quick and efficient Terex Fuchs material handler line features durable wheel- and track-driven undercarriage designs, powered by fuel-efficient turbocharged diesel engines. Alternatively, the models can be powered by zero exhaust emissions electric motors in either semi-mobile or stationary designs.

Elevating cabs and intuitive controls boost operator productivity, while features such as rigid hydraulic pipes on the stick and double-row slewing ring increase machine durability and longevity. The recently introduced Terex Fuchs Telematics system for the machines provides critical operating data to help operations control costs, while increasing handler uptime.

“Sargents Equipment has grown from the service side of the business, and our owner, as well as key field personnel, has been involved in scrap-related businesses for years,” said Sargents Equipment’s Vice President of sales Don Davies.

“We understand the need for today’s processors to run more efficiently, since margins have gotten very tight. We have been looking for a rugged, reliable and purpose-built rubber tire material handler line to support our customers’ needs. Terex Fuchs has what we and our customers are looking for in a material handler, and the new Telematics system offered on Terex Fuchs machines allows us to be proactive from the service side to help improve our customers’ bottom line.”

Specializing in the recycling industry, Sargents Equipment has the experience, knowledge and expertise to service any piece of equipment, from material handling to stationary processing equipment. The company provides customers with local support from two Illinois locations: its south Chicago Heights headquarters and Gilberts branch. Factory trained technicians are dispatched any time, day or night, with fully equipped trucks to quickly identify issues and service equipment in the field.

Sargents Equipment offers financing options for Terex Fuchs material handlers through Terex Financial Services (TFS). TFS offers a wide range of effective finance and leasing solutions, structured to complement customers’ cash flow and budgets. The TFS team assists in all areas of asset management, from the analysis of future equipment values through the disposal of used equipment.

Sargents Equipment’s headquarters is located at 281 E. Sauk Trail, So. Chicago Heights, IL, 60411.

For more information, call 708/758-2062 or visit

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Grove cranes building €500 million chemical complex in Italy

CranesY - 1. August 2014 - 8:12

A team of Grove all-terrain and rough-terrain cranes is working at one of the most significant chemical processing plant projects in Europe. The Porto Torres Green Hub project in Sardinia, off the coast of Italy, will see the complete conversion of the existing facility from a fossil fuel plant to a bio-based production facility.

The six Grove cranes, which offer capacities from 40 t to 300 t, will spend six years at the giant coastal job site. They are charged with installing a demanding and expensive list of chemical plant equipment and materials that includes 15 tanks, which vary in size up to 500 m3; 17 racks measuring 950 m and weighing 1,188 t in total; 51 heat exchangers; 78 reactor vessels; eight thermal columns; 18 mixer units; 125 pumps and 51 km of piping.

Despite having an installation list that would keep most project managers up at night, Luca Pibiri, general manager at main contractor and crane owner I.COM, says his Grove cranes keep him relaxed.

“This is not the first time we’ve used our Grove cranes on a project of this size and importance and, as before, we are confident they will deliver excellent performance,” he says. “Grove cranes are durable and reliable machines, and our operators find their simple operating systems and fast set up make life much easier.”

The Porto Torres job site is a tricky place for a crane to negotiate – especially for the 300 t capacity Grove GMK6300L, the largest crane on site. Tight corners and an intricate maze of equipment means maneuverability is key, which Grove’s mobile cranes are designed for. The Grove AT range features all-wheel steering to minimize turning circles, while the Grove RT range has four steering modes, allowing them to access even the tightest spaces.

The coastal location of the Porto Torres project brings its own difficulties. The marine environment, sand and uneven terrain make for tough working conditions. But the rugged design of the Grove cranes, which have the patented Megatrak suspension system on the ATs and deep box-section frames on the RTs, means they are built to tackle much worse.

Work began at Porto Torres in June 2011 and the first Grove crane arrived at the site in September 2012. All six will remain there until work is completed in 2018.

All of the Grove cranes were supplied by Italian dealer FIMI spa. The company was a key reason why Grove was selected for this major project as Enrico Angiolini, director South Europe at Manitowoc Italy, adds.

“This is such a big project that needs the best equipment and the best service,” he says. “FIMI’s staff have the expertise and the experience to fully meet the needs of the customer and ensure this ambitious project moves ahead on schedule.”

The Grove all-terrain cranes at the Porto Torres Green Hub project include two 75 t capacity GMK4075s, a 100 t capacity GMK5095 and a 300 t GMK6300L all-terrain crane. The Grove GMK6300L offers the longest boom in its class, at 80 m, and is among Grove’s most popular models.

The rough-terrain cranes at the project include Grove’s 35 t capacity RT540E and the new 45 t capacity RT550E rough-terrain crane, which features Manitowoc’s Crane Control System that makes lift set-up even easier. Both these units are built at the Grove factory in Niella Tanaro, Italy.

I.COM, a leading Italian construction company for the chemical and power generation industries, is also the owner of the largest fleet of cranes in Sardinia. It is transforming the Porto Torres facility for Matrica SpA, a joint venture between Polimeri Europa, the biggest Italian chemical company, and Novamont, a global market leader in biodegradable plastics.

The Porto Torres Green Hub project will convert the plant from using traditional fossil fuels to bio-based alternatives. The project will reportedly usher in a “new age” for the Italian bio-chemical industry. Once operational, the plant will produce bio-plastics, bio-lubricants and bio-additives.

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Abschlepp- & Bergedienst M. Walter is relying on Tadano HK 65 from now on

CranesY - 1. August 2014 - 8:02

“The Tadano HK 65 convinced us really quickly”, says Michael Walter, Managing Director of Abschlepp- & Bergedienst M.Walter, a towing and vehicle recovery specialist. “The truck-mounted crane from TADANO is ideal for towing vehicles and can also be used with a truck licence without a specified travel road permission”, Walter continues. The great flexibility of the TADANO HK 65 also impressed the businessman: if required, you can add a ballast trailer with up to 5.1 t counterweight, which massively expands its range of use.

One major advantage is the selection of chassis, for example Mercedes Benz, MAN, Scania or Volvo. The HK types of TADANO are beneficial in conjunction with the commercial truck chassis. On one hand chassis of several producers can be selected, on the other hand there are different forms of road legalization possible. On bases of a simple truck road regulation the HK does not require any road permission, with its 32 t gross vehicle weight, counterweight is not included, but a 12.5 t hook block. With specified road regulations could be counterweight added in different sizes, respectively it could be carried by an additional counterweight trailer. The variations are versatile.

The M.Walter crane, towing and vehicle recovery service from the Schwäbisch Hall district in Baden-Württemberg was founded in 1994 and employs five people staff. As its initial experiences with the products and TADANO’s customer service have been positive in all respects, the managing director Michael Walter wants to also rely on TADANO with the next expansion of his fleet.

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Lack of Harness Leads to Fatality

Crane Accidents - 31. July 2014 - 19:20
Ocala, Florida

A man died on Wednesday in Ocala, Florida after he was bounced out of a ‘bucket truck’ truck mounted platform.

Jeffrey Earl Phillips, 42, was working from the platform trimming a tree at a church in the town. He had apparently attached a partially cut tree limb to the platform with a rope and was attempting to pull it free, when the rope broke causing a major catapult effect which ejected him from the basket at a height of around 15 meters.

According to local police reports he was taken to hospital and pronounced dead on arrival.

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Doolan’s Heavy Haulage: Excavator transport with Scheuerle trailer

Heavy haulage - 6. July 2014 - 21:31
Doolan’s Heavy Haulage has added the widening trailer transport system from German trailer manufacturer Scheuerle to its fleet. Recently the Australian heavy haulage company has used the new trailer system for the transport of a Hitachi excavator throughout the country. … Continue reading →
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