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Crane Accident Kills Operator

Posted by nahetsblog on October 21, 2010

Garland County Arkansas, crane falls and operator dies

In Garland County the sheriff said the operator of a crane at a water-treatment plant is dead after the crane collapsed.

Authorities said the man killed, who has not been named by officials, was using the crane to load material into a basin at the Ouachita Water Treatment Plant when it fell about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Mountain Pine is about 8 miles northwest of Hot Springs.

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Industrial crane falls in Saint John Canada

Posted by nahetsblog on October 15, 2010

October 14, 2010

A 200-tonne industrial crane fell onto a street in Saint John on Friday, smashing through a fence and sending the crane operator to hospital.

The accident happened at about 9 a.m. at a construction site near the waterfront.

Diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid leaked out of the large yellow machine, which had its motor running for hours after the accident.

The crane destroyed a fence surrounding a parking lot and scattered debris, damaging nearby cars. The crane was being used to move large cylinders that are part of a wind turbine.

The crane, owned by Irving Equipment, was operating at the port’s marine terminal on Broadview Avenue, at the foot of Charlotte Street.

Mark Gillan, the deputy fire chief in Saint John, said the crane was damaged but the accident could have been much worse.

"There has been a fair amount of luck involved, from the standpoint of we have had a crane that has come over onto the street," Gillan said.

"It has not struck any civilians or any passersby that would be using the street in their vehicles."

Irving Equipment spokesman Geoff Britt said the operator was in the lower cab at the time and managed to get out on his own. He was taken to hospital and released after being treated for a cut to his hand.

Britt said the man was a 36-year veteran with 10 years’ experience on this type of crane.

Gillan said Saint John police and WorkSafeNB have been called in to investigate the incident. They are still trying to figure out precisely what caused the machine to fall.

"The early reports indicate that the crane operator was at the time repositioning the piece of apparatus and at that point there was some sort of failure and it toppled over onto the street," Gillan said.

Witnesses at a nearby warehouse said they rushed outside when they heard a loud bang.

Danny Johnson, who was working at the nearby warehouse when the crane fell over, didn’t see it fall but he heard it.

"It was pretty loud," Johnson said. "We came over to offer a hand if we could and hope for the best for the driver."

A second, 500-tonne crane will be used to raise the fallen machinery. Technical officials from J.D. Irving Ltd. were also called in to help get the crane back upright.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/10/08/nb-saint-john-crane-1116.html#ixzz12RsMrIE8

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NCCCO Prevails in Lawsuit

Posted by nahetsblog on October 5, 2010

FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 4 — Two separate courts in California recently ruled in favor of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) in litigation involving California Crane School and its owner, John Nypl.

In National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators vs. California Crane School, Inc., and John Nypl, et al., a federal judge found that California Crane School and Nypl were in civil contempt for violating a 2005 permanent injunction issued against them. It also found that they had breached a 2005 settlement agreement with NCCCO. In July, the federal judge in the action entered a final judgment in favor of NCCCO.

"NCCCO brought this legal action reluctantly and only as a last resort," stated NCCCO President, John M. Kennedy. "Where there is evidence of inappropriate conduct by firms or individuals who seek to associate themselves with CCO certification, however, NCCCO must take immediate and effective action to protect the integrity of the CCO credential. To do otherwise could jeopardize the value of CCO certification and put at risk those who rely on it to mitigate the hazards associated with working around cranes."

In the recent federal case, the unlawful conduct by California Crane School and Nypl stemmed from their misappropriation and use of the "CCO" logo and acronym in certain domain names. Among other things, the court directed California Crane School and Nypl to transfer the domain names to NCCCO, post corrective notices to clarify that California Crane School is not endorsed by nor associated with NCCCO, and reimburse NCCCO for its attorney’s fees and costs.

Separately, in a California state court, a judge recently dismissed several claims brought against NCCCO by California Crane School, Nypl, and several other plaintiffs. The plaintiffs’ complaint demanded more than $30 million from NCCCO for alleged violations of the Cartwright Act (California’s antitrust law) and the California Unfair Competition Law.

In April, after giving the plaintiffs several opportunities to amend their complaint, the court dismissed the antitrust and unfair competition claims, finding that the allegations failed to state a claim against NCCCO and also denying permission for the plaintiffs to reassert those claims. The plaintiffs were allowed to proceed only with their individual claims.

The CCO logo and acronym are the exclusive property of NCCCO and may not be used without prior written permission. While firmly enforcing its rights against unauthorized uses, NCCCO encourages appropriate, authorized uses of its logos and acronyms in compliance with its written policies. For more information regarding NCCCO’s logos and acronyms, please refer to the link titled "Policy Statements" at the bottom of the NCCCO website homepage.

ABOUT NCCCO

NCCCO is an independent, nonprofit industry organization formed in 1995 to develop effective performance standards for safe crane operation. In the past 15 years NCCCO has administered more than 500,000 written and practical exams to over 100,000 crane operators in all 50 states. NCCCO certification programs are the only programs to be recognized by federal OSHA as meeting both OSHA and ASME (ANSI) requirements and accredited by both NCCA and ANSI.

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Crane Accident Injuries One

Posted by nahetsblog on October 1, 2010

The sight of a construction crane balanced vertically stopped people in their tracks at the Westminster Manor Retirement Community construction site Friday.

A mobile crane tipped over backwards in the 4700 block of Jackson Avenue near Camp Mabry late Friday morning. Workers said the crane was standing about 50-feet tall and was moving cement at the time.

"How many injuries there could be, and how devastating it could be when somebody says ‘crane’, you don’t think the size of it," Senior Police Officer Veneza Aguinaga said.

A 36-year-old worker was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after the accident. Police have not released his name.

Bystander Justin Garrett owns an unaffiliated construction company. He stopped by to take pictures of the scene Friday afternoon.

"To show my guys the severity of this kind of stuff," Garret said. "Cranes topple. Random situations like this. It could be no one’s fault at all that it happened."



Workers said the ground underneath the crane gave way due to recent rainfall. Garrett, who has undergone crane safety training, said it is a likely scenario.

"It depends on who was around, what they were lifting, what happened with whatever he was picking up, where the operator was, if he was in the crane at the time," he said.

The site’s general contractor, White Construction Company, refused to comment.

The police homicide unit and OSHA are investigating the incident. Work on the construction site has stopped until the investigation is complete.

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Anchorage man crushed in heavy equipment accident

Posted by nahetsblog on October 1, 2010

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Anchorage police say a heavy equipment operator died in an accident at a construction site.

Police say the rolling compactor the man was driving fell off a terraced ledge Wednesday afternoon while it was being operated in reverse gear.

Police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker says the compactor tipped over and fell about six or seven feet, and the operator was crushed.

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Cat and Discovery Channel’s Mike Rowe promote trades jobs

Posted by nahetsblog on September 22, 2010

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Cat and Discovery Channel’s Mike Rowe promote trades jobs

It seems a good fit: Caterpillar Inc. wants to renew focus on their customers and Mike Rowe wants to help renew interest in the types of jobs to customers.

Next to the giant construction machine and TV star can renew hope focus on the importance of trades and jobs to help close the skills gap that exists today and seems to be growing, Rowe said on a visit to Caterpillar on Wednesday.

The host of the popular Discovery Channel program "Dirty Jobs" met with the media, toured SS Building in East Peoria, where excavators are built, and met with officials from Caterpillar, including CEO Doug Oberhelman.

Rowe said one thing that always struck while working on the program is that "we have lost sight of the fact that people are willing to do the dirty things hold together for the rest of us."

Rowe and Caterpillar formed a partnership to promote in August of men and women working in shops. Rowe said he contacted Caterpillar because I wanted to work with companies that are related and philosophically in line with its website, mikeroweWorks.com.

That site can now be accessed through the web site of Caterpillar, cat.com.

Dirty Jobs has been on the air more than three years, Rowe said he frequently hears from people that the U.S. is focused primarily on older, technical education today than in thr routes. Therefore, workers in the trades are starting to reach retirement age, with few coming up behind them.

That’s why he created his website two years ago and start adapting to companies like Caterpillar and Ford Motor Co., for whom is the spokesperson on national television.
Rowe believes that is beginning to take hold. He cited a recent connection between Caterpillar and provided a new initiative in Alabama, where the shortage of qualified workers is "looking forward", called Go Build Alabama.

Rowe said that television does a poor job of portraying the working people, which usually trades jobs are seen as drudgery. In fact, he added, "We have a lot of fun and laugh a lot out there."

He hopes that his show portrays. "There are some shows on TV that actually involve real people," he said.

"There is a general desire among people to show what they do. They want their stories, but we are proud of what they do. There are too many forums that allow that," he said.

He said he wanted to be a dealer while growing up because the family members work in stores. He was not skilled enough, he added. "The closest I could get was a show that celebrates," he said.

Rowe said he was excited about partnering with Caterpillar, because "there is a very short list of companies that build the world and the cat is on it. I mean, where the hell would we be if not for Caterpillar?

Construction workers inside the SS were excited to learn Rowe as he walked along the assembly line, shaking hands and signing autographs.

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Two women killed in Belgian crane accident

Posted by nahetsblog on September 16, 2010

Two women were killed and three workers injured on Tuesday 9-14-2010 when a crane collapsed at a construction site in the Belgian city of Liege, local authorities said.

"Two people were killed and three injured, two seriously," the mayor of Liege Willy Demeyer was quoted as saying by Belga news agency.

The two women, the manager of a tiling company and her daughter, were in the raised basket of the crane transporting material to the second floor of the building when it collapsed, news agency Belga reported citing the findings of the initial investigation.

The basket fell onto a lorry that contained the three workers, the report said.

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Faculty Members Prefer Digitized Texts

Posted by nahetsblog on September 10, 2010

Faculty members overwhelmingly prefer using online material to printed material, according to the results of a survey released this week by Ebrary, a company that provides electronic content and technology to libraries, publishers, and other businesses. The survey shows that half of faculty members prefer electronic resources, and 18 percent prefer print. Another 32 percent said they had no preference. Also, 77 percent of those surveyed said electronic journals "provide more effective access for most of my research" or "are easier to use for most of my research." The results were based on responses of 906 faculty members from 300 colleges and 38 countries. Ebrary sought respondents via its Web site. Allen W. McKiel, director of libraries at Northeastern State University, who also serves on an Ebrary advisory committee, says he has concluded from the survey that, among other things, faculty members want portable reading devices and more electronic content.

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Caterpillar opens new Arkansas factory, hiring 600

Posted by nahetsblog on September 2, 2010

By CHUCK BARTELS (AP)

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Caterpillar Inc. dedicated a $140 million road grader factory Wednesday, a facility that will employ 600 people and produce the big machines for markets around the world.

The plant produced its first grader in June, and two of the behemoths flanked the stage as plant manager Jon Harrison described a four-month training program that’s part of the company’s investment.

"We’re going to export a lot of product from this facility," Harrison said, noting that productivity will have to be competitive on a global scale.

Peoria, Ill.-based Caterpillar laid off 24,000 workers worldwide last year, but the North Little Rock plant stayed on course. Gov. Mike Beebe expressed his gratitude for the company sticking with its plan "in the midst of the worst recession in our lifetimes."

The factory in North Little Rock is operating in a converted videotape and DVD facility. Caterpillar received $3 million from the Governor’s Quick Action Closing Fund to help the project along.

"They (Caterpillar) wouldn’t be here without the Quick Action Closing Fund," Beebe said. The $50 million fund was first approved by the Legislature in 2007 and renewed in 2009.

Arkansas has lost more jobs than it has picked up during the downturn, but Beebe said the state has worked to replace the lost jobs with better ones, such as high-level white collar jobs and upper-end manufacturing.

The recession has only grazed Arkansas, which has made modest budget cuts while other states endured mass layoffs and furloughs. But all hasn’t been roses. Whirlpool Corp. laid off thousands from its refrigerator plant in Fort Smith after it opened a plant in Mexico. That rippled through the community as supplier businesses saw their orders cut or canceled.

Beebe acknowledged that many Arkansans need jobs but pointed to training that is available when opportunities arise.

Pulaski Tech community college worked with Caterpillar to train its workers, a model that other communities in the state have used as new employers opened shop.

Caterpillar said the average wage for workers at the plant would be $21 and hour. Harrison said customer feedback has been "off the charts," adding that the workers share Caterpillar’s quality goals.

"They (the workers) have made a family decision" to join the company, Harrison said.

Beebe said that kind of praise for the work force does more than reflect well on Caterpillar.

"You’re giving us ammunition to get somebody else," Beebe said.

Sen. Mark Pryor was on hand with his counterpart, Sen. Blanche Lincoln, both D-Ark.

"I think people in our state have not given up on American manufacturing," Pryor said.

The state has landed a number of major employers, including wind-energy manufacturers in Jonesboro, Little Rock and Fort Smith, though a Mitsubishi turbine plant for that city is on hold due to litigation. Conway attracted a Hewlett-Packard Co. service center with about 1,000 employees and Little Rock will be home to Southwest Pool Inc., which is building a $62 million headquarters where its 640 employees will earn an average of $85,500 per year. The company manages electric distribution for the multistate region.

Beebe said state revenue numbers that are due later in the week came in above the state fiscal office’s forecast, but said the money will serve as a cushion, not a signal that the recession is over.

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Farm Accident Rescue Training

Posted by nahetsblog on August 27, 2010

Unless you live on a farm, there’s agricultural equipment you may never come in contact with.

But, for emergency responders in rural areas, knowing how to handle that machinery in an emergency situation is a must.

There’s a lot that can go wrong on a farm.

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"Entrapment in grain bins, a high rescue, entrapment in moving and crushing equipment, heavy equipment, the manure slurries," says Keith Butler, of La Crosse County Emergency Management.

Thanks to farmers following proper safety precautions, serious farm accidents are few and far between.

But, when they do occur, the situation can be much more complicated than a car accident or house fire.

"We have the movement of animals, large animals, dangerous animals in many cases," says Butler.

If not trained properly a responder can quickly become a victim.

Most of the time emergency responders are taught to deal with these situations in a classroom setting but Saturday the training was more realistic.

"To be able to bring the responders out to an actual working farm and touch and move and deal with the actual equipment takes it up to a much higher notch," says Butler.

Emergency workers trained in farm rescue and UW-Extension officers taught at the different stations.

But, it wasn’t only emergency responders that learned something.

Farmer Greg Jenniges says after watching the training sessions he’s much more likely to call for help.

"I would hesitate to begin with, but seeing some of this stuff I guess I realize that it is a good idea to err on the cautious side," says Jenniges.

He also says it’s good to know the help is ready if something does go wrong.

Matt Klabacka

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