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Matt Klabacka visits ccc-north

Posted by nahetsblog on June 16, 2009


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Nahets Chairman, Matt Klabacka, visits with Northern California College of Construction training director, Tom Champlin, at their field site in Stockton California.

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Stolen $26,000 Backhoe Driven Through Fence

Posted by nahetsblog on June 15, 2009

As Texas Authorities searched the Area of Gregg County after a stolen backhoe had been reported, there was an accident reported in which a Volvo backhoe had been driven through a fence along with several other pieces of heavy equipment.

Lt. Mike Claxton said his office investigated the theft of a Volvo backhoe from 10730 Texas Highway 149 on Friday which was driven through a fence and loaded on a trailer.

volvo backhoe

“This is the third reported heavy equipment theft in this area of the County since May 29,” Claxton said today.

Investigators that have been working on the case are just waiting for more information on the crash.

“These are significant valued thefts,” Claxton said. “The Volvo backhoe is valued at over $26,000.”

The Investigators are looking everywhere for information on the thefts.

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Oklahoma College of Construction Recieves Award

Posted by nahetsblog on June 9, 2009

Suzanne just returned from agency conference in Missouri and the Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation recognized the Oklahoma College of Construction for the third year in a row for our outstanding contribution to their customers. Our customer assistance is something we value greatly here in Oklahoma. Many other schools were nominated for this award, but we were the only one to recieve it.

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John Deer Smackdown: Hill Climb

Posted by nahetsblog on June 3, 2009

John Deer goes at it with other companies such as CAT, New Holland, and Bobcat to find out who’s the best.

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Parents Honor Son Killed in Crane Accident

Posted by nahetsblog on June 1, 2009

A large crane lies in the middle of a large New York City intersection.  The crane collapsed Friday May 30, 2008

A large crane lies in the middle of a large New York City intersection.

Ramadan Kurtaj was remembered yesterday at the spot where a construction accident took his life. His parents, Uke and Reyve Kurtaj, were granted a visa from Kosovo, and traveled to New York for the anniversary of their sons death. A picture of Ramadan was placed in honor of him at the construction site.

“It’s a big loss for me, it’s hard for me. I lost my son, 27 years old, it’s very hard,” said Uke Kurtaj through a translator. Ramadan wished to bring his parents to New York, but not because of his own death.

“They would never believe that they’d be coming to the United States under these circumstances,” said Xhevahire Sinanaj, Kurtaj’s cousin. “Their dream was different way, to be with their son. And now that they’re here and he is gone, it’s very hard for them. They’re very sad.”

Uke and Reyve Kurtaj mourn their sons death

Uke and Reyve Kurtaj mourn their sons death

Construction workers Ramadan Kurtaj (27) and Donald Leo (30) were killed last May 30 when the top part of a 200-foot crane crashed down on a Manhattan residential neighborhood. Their deaths followed an similar crash on May 15, 2008, where seven died in a crane accident.

Investigators have said a bad weld failed in the collapse. The workers’ families have sued the crane makers and prosecutors have launched a criminal probe. Their lawyers say the crane was put into service despite a history of poor maintenance and botched repairs.

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