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Meet Melissa Temples, a successful woman in Construction Industry

CranesY - 9. April 2014 - 14:40

Meet Melissa Temples, a successful woman in Construction Industry, who truly loves working in Crane&Rigging Insurance at M&P Specialty Insurance.

Cranesy: Who or what did inspire you to become part of construction sector?
Melissa Temples: Both my Mother and my Father. I grew up in the Construction Industry. My mother started a very successful interior architecture and design firm at a young age. She wanted to find something that would set her apart from other firms, so she started designing for the Timeshare and Hospitality Industry. I had the opportunity to travel the world with her to view upcoming projects and work on actual installations. I saw what all was out there in this world and was driven to find success where, I too, could succeed as a female and travel the world. I met many people and had many amazing conversations. I felt so comfortable and knew that I had to do something Big with my life. I worked with my mother from the time I was old enough to do so. I grew up in her business and loved being a part of her team.

While attending grad school, I also worked with my father, who owns a very successful, third generation, Residential and Commercial Concrete & Masonry business. Working in a family business can be very difficult. You have to work a lot harder than anyone around you to be taken seriously. Working with my father taught me about strong work ethics and loyalty. It made me the person I am today.

C.: Tell me about the first years of your career this on sector. How you became a business woman in crane sector?
M.T.: I kind of “fell” in to crane insurance. I was working in the insurance industry, in small business and personal lines, and felt unfulfilled. I wanted something more challenging, so I started looking for another job in insurance. I interviewed with M&P and knew from the time I walked in the door that I wanted to be part of their team. I started working with Michael Beall a little over 4 years ago. He took me under his wing and introduced me to the Industry. He spent time with me, teaching me about insurance and entrusting me with his clientele. He saw my ambition and invested in me and my success. I had the opportunity to attend ConExpo in 2011. I remember standing in the middle of the Gold Lot, looking at all of the equipment, looking at all the attendees and exhibitors and it hit me…there are very few women here. That didn’t make me feel uncomfortable though, it pushed me to become a student of the industry, to educate myself so one day I could interact with this crowd and become part of something much bigger than just insurance or cranes, but a community of counterparts and friends with the same passions and interests.

C.: It’s usually to say that construction sector is male dominated industry…do women have to work harder to gain credibility in this sector?
M.T.: I think we all have to work hard to gain credibility – both men and women. Credibility should be earned by commitment to the client, the company, and to personal success, regardless of gender.

C.: Which skills have helped you to find success in this sector?
M.T.: Leadership, Determination, Loyalty, Morality and Strong Customer Service skills. Excellent Customer Service goes a long way. Our clients invest a lot of money on their insurance and I feel that it is extremely important to treat them with respect, appreciation and gratitude at all times.

C.: How can industry attract women to a career in construction?
M.T.: Hands on, hands on, hands on. Women need to see other women succeeding in this industry. They need to know that they too, can be part of it. I would like to see more Internship Programs from the Construction Sector to bridge the gap between education and career. The more we can educate women and lead them, the more they will desire to be part of it.

C.: Example of Inspiring Leader for you?
M.T.: My parents. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the time that both my mother and father gave me, inviting me in to their business, letting me be a part of their team and teaching me all of the skills that they did. I am very grateful to both of them for making me the woman I am today.

C.: The best way to achieve a work-life balance?
M.T.: Family first. Work second. It takes time and effort to make it work. You have to plan date nights with your children and spouse and your family has to accept that you will have late nights and weekend commitments to your work. I think it is a compromise that you have to be willing to take to be successful. I cannot stay at home 100% of the time, however, I can work and have a family and be successful at both.

C.: Your commitment to construction sector?
M.T.: I am extremely committed. I still have so much to learn in this industry, we have a great team here at M&P and I look forward to growing with them for many years to come.
Short questions:

C.: Favorite motto/quote?
M.T.: “Due unto others as you would have them do unto you”.

C.: Aside work, your hobby is?
M.T.: Travelling, Working in my yard, and being a mom.
C.: Tea or coffee?

M.T.: Coffee, definitely
C.: Favorite place in the whole World?

M.T.: Close to home…Charleston, South Carolina. Far away – South Africa.
C.: Style you wear at work?

M.T.: Business Casual.
C.: Your strengths?

M.T.: Being a Mom, Strong Customer Service, Encouragement, Loyalty, and Determination. I am a very hard worker. I am non-judgmental and love others unconditionally. I love to smile. I have a huge heart and I think this takes me a long way as I care about each and every person I come across.

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Ainscough appoints sales director

Crane hire news - 9. April 2014 - 12:54
UK’s largest crane rental company Ainscough has appointed Leigh Webb as its new sales director

In Zeitlupe gekippt

Arbeitsbühnen news - 9. April 2014 - 12:34
Im Münsterland ist ein Kran auf die Straße gekippt. Zum Glück war zu dem Moment nichts und niemand dort unterwegs.

Terex Boom Booster for Sarens

International Cranes - 9. April 2014 - 12:33
Terex Cranes’ new Boom Booster capacity enhancement system for the 1,600 tonne capacity CC 8800-1 lattice boom crawler crane is almost ready for delivery, IC reveals

Nylacast wins community award

International Cranes - 9. April 2014 - 11:03
Nylacast, a polymer engineering company, has been awarded the Contribution to the Community Award in the UK

EnCORE gives Potain tower crane second life in Pune

CranesY - 9. April 2014 - 7:00

A Potain tower crane has been brought back to life in Pune, India, even though its owners thought it was beyond repair. The MCi 85 A suffered major structural damage after it endured 150 km/h winds during a cyclonic storm in Gurgaon, which is in the north India. But EnCORE, Manitowoc Crane Care’s remanufacturing service, repaired the 5 t capacity crane and it is now back in service, building another high-rise tower in Gurgaon.

The Potain crane was building the 56-storey Raheja Revanta Project when a huge storm struck. The crane’s owner, Arabtech Construction Pvt Ltd., feared it may have to be written off, but after speaking to Manitowoc the company realized it could be refurbished through EnCORE.

Gurdeep Singh, Manitowoc Crane Care country head India, said he was delighted that the extensive repairs were not only successful, but far more cost effective than buying a new crane.

“This was a huge repair and refurbishment job but we completed it in a timely manner and kept costs to a minimum – we are delighted with the result,” he says. “When major components are damaged, logistics costs increase because new parts need to be sourced from different factories. But the work was still far more cost effective than buying a new crane.”

The repair took 25 days. A team of eight EnCORE engineers performed structural repairs to the crane’s mast and cage, cathead, cabin, hoist winch and control panels, as well as replacing 50m of jib parts, and the counter jib assembly.

Before repair work could begin, the first challenge was transporting the crane 1,465 km from the customer’s job site in Gurgaon to Potain’s facility in Pune. The facility is one of a handful of places in the country that can carry out such extensive repair work. It features specialized workshops and equipment dedicated to Potain repairs.

ALL Erection buys nine cranes

CranesY - 9. April 2014 - 6:49

The ALL Erection family of crane-rental companies is expanding its fleet by buying a total of nine new all-terrain and rough-terrain cranes from Grove and Link-Belt.

The purchases include four all-terrain cranes with capacities from 165 to 450 tons and five rough-terrain cranes with capacities from 65 to 150 tons. The company says it is buying the cranes to meet surging demands in the crane-rental market.

The nine new cranes include one Grove GMK6400 (450 USt/400 T), the industry’s most powerful six-axle all-terrain crane; two Grove GMK5165-2 (165 USt/130 T), a newer five-axle all-terrain crane; one Grove RT9150E (150 USt/136 T), Grove’s highest-capacity rough-terrain crane with the longest main boom (197 ft./60 m) on any current-production RT; two Grove RT770E (70 USt/65 T) rough-terrain cranes, newly launched at ConExpo 2014; one Link-Belt ATC-3275 all-terrain crane (275 USt/250 T); and two Link-Belt RTC-8065 Series II (65 USt/60 T), a rough-terrain crane with a fully rigged transport weight of less than 90,000 lbs (41,000 kg).

The GMK6400 is one of Grove’s newest offerings and the lifting industry’s most powerful six-axle crane. Its offers the best load chart in its class and a variety of cutting-edge features that crane users won’t find anywhere else. In addition to an innovative removable outrigger box and self-rigging auxiliary hoist, the self–rigging MegaWingLift attachment bumps up the capacity by nearly 70%. The GMK6400 will work from the ALL Crane Rental of Florida branch in Tampa.

Recently introduced at ConExpo 2014, Grove’s new RT770E (70 USt/65 T) rough-terrain crane offers the longest boom in its class at (138 ft./42 m) and is specially designed to give customers the benefits of a traditional Grove RT plus extra-long reach. The cutting-edge designs of the boom and chassis make the RT770E lighter and easier to transport while maximizing both structural capacity and stability.

With significantly longer reach and capacity than the original 5165, Grove’s GMK5165-2 has a 197-ft., six-section, full-power MEGAFORM boom featuring the TWIN-LOCK pinning system, a hydraulic luffing jib, and a maximum height of 312 ft.

The Link-Belt ATC-3275, equipped with a maximum 223-ft./68-m, seven-section, formed, full-power latching boom, offers excellent transportability and can be configured to meet some of the toughest transportation laws. The new ATC-3275 is headed for Central Rent-A-Crane in Elkhart, Ind., a member of the ALL family of companies.

“It has been a year marked by several landmark equipment deals,” said Michael Liptak, ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. president. “We are seeing surging demand in all of our geographies and need to stay on top of our customers’ local needs while still being able to react to regional and national crane contracts. This package helps us round out several of our local fleets,” he added.

Lift Overturn in Dublin

Crane Accidents - 8. April 2014 - 19:42
Dublin, Ireland

A truck mounted platform overturned in Dublin, Ireland, recently, injuring the two men in the platform.

Details of the incident have been difficult to discover, and there are still some aspects that we have been unable to confirm, including the precise date and location.

We have requested information from the owner of the platform, RFC – Reach For Hire but as of going to press have received no input, comment or feedback. Based on the photograph it looks as though the lift was overloaded, either by reaching beyond its safe working envelope, or due to too much weight in the platform. The machine looks to be in a very good state of repair, and has been set up with some care.

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The overturned platform

What we have been told, is that the lift overturned on an commercial estate in the Dublin area, that the machine was set up with outriggers inboard and that the two men were wearing harnesses and lanyards. We understand that one man sustained a back injury, the other a broken leg. We also understand that the machine was an 18 meter unit, and that the two were working on a security alarm.

RFC’s main business covers a wide range of security services and car park management, while its Reach For Hire division, according to its website the company offers 18 meter telescopic truck mounted lifts for rental with operators.

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Lift Overturn in Dublin

Crane Accidents - 8. April 2014 - 18:39
Dublin, Ireland

A truck mounted platform overturned in Dublin, Ireland, recently, injuring the two men in the platform.

Details of the incident have been difficult to discover, and there are still some aspects that we have been unable to confirm, including the precise date and location.

We have requested information from the owner of the platform, RFC – Reach For Hire but as of going to press have received no input, comment or feedback. Based on the photograph it looks as though the lift was overloaded, either by reaching beyond its safe working envelope, or due to too much weight in the platform. The machine looks to be in a very good state of repair, and has been set up with some care.

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The overturned platform

What we have been told, is that the lift overturned on an commercial estate in the Dublin area, that the machine was set up with outriggers inboard and that the two men were wearing harnesses and lanyards. We understand that one man sustained a back injury, the other a broken leg. We also understand that the machine was an 18 meter unit, and that the two were working on a security alarm.

RFC’s main business covers a wide range of security services and car park management, while its Reach For Hire division, according to its website the company offers 18 meter telescopic truck mounted lifts for rental with operators.

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Fatal Crawler Crane Overturn

Crane Accidents - 4. April 2014 - 19:49
Ecorse, Michigan

A crawler crane operator has died today at the Great Lakes Works of U.S.Steel in Ecorse, Michigan, after he was thrown from his crane cab after it upended.

U.S. Steel spokesman Courtney Boone issued a statement stating that the incident involved a contractor’s employee. “No other injuries have been reported and no additional details are available at this time. The contractor, Connelly Crane, is in the process of notifying the family. We offer our sincere condolences”.

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The Upturned Crane

The photos that we have been sent from the scene show that the leading edge of the crane tracks sank into the ground allowing the crane to tip forward through 90 degrees, throwing the operator to the ground, causing fatal injuries. Connelly Crane runs a fleet of  largely Link Belt crawlers up to 200 tons, although the largest crawler crane in the fleet is a 250 ton Liebherr.

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The front of the tracks sank into the sandy ground

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Structural Scissor Lift Collapse

Crane Accidents - 4. April 2014 - 19:45
Ellwangen, Southern Germany

A GSL scissor lift dating from 1998 collapsed suddenly in Germany yesterday seriously injuring a man on the platform.

The man, 23, was working on the ceiling of a workshop in Ellwangen to the north of Aalen in Southern Germany. He fell around six meters to the ground, he was treated at the scene by the paramedics and sent to hospital with suspected spinal injuries.

Police are investigating the incident, but have told Vertikal.net that they have no clear evidence at this point, apart from the fact that witnesses heard a loud noise and that the scissor lift mechanism collapsed in on itself.

The unit was built by GSL (German Standard Lift) in 1998, 11 years ago a serious safety warning concerning weld defects and defective brakes, on some of the lifts built by GSL shocked the German access industry. The investigation is already focusing on how the retrofit work was carried out and perhaps the quality of those kits.

The warning stated that All S 88 and S 106 units built between January 1992 and March 1996 and all S 90, S 111, S 131 and S 151 units built between January 1992 and January 2002 may suffer from sub-standard weld quality which could result in the scissor packs breaking apart during usage.

The machine has apparently been well maintained, with all regular service inspections documented, with the next major test and maintenance not due until June. Due to the severity of the incident

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A GSL S90 E10 scissor lift

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