With the Alberta government opening the door to wind and other renewable energy projects, cranes could be in for some heavy lifting.
In preparation for the 20th anniversary celebrations, the Crane Rental Association of Canada (CRAC) is accepting applications for its new Safety Awards. The criteria and application form can be found on the CRAC website. The Safety Awards are open to member crane rental companies and companies receiving the awards will be listed on the CRAC website and covered in partner publications.
Cranes continue to flock to one of Canada’s biggest infrastructure projects. With a projected $4.239-billion cost, the 3.3-kilometre Champlain Bridge crosses the St. Lawrence Seaway has been attracting a steady who’s who of cranes.
The Port of Prince Rupert is ready to service the largest vessels in the ocean.
To say that Terex Cranes’ Demag AC 40 City crane was a popular item for crane operators would be a serious understatement. After all, more than 1,000 of the AC 40 models were sold within one year of its arrival into the marketplace. Given the crane’s popularity, it wasn’t surprising to witness the unveiling of the AC 45 City crane during Terex Cranes’ recent product launch in Demag’s hometown of Zweibrücken, Germany.
Mini-cranes cranes are proving to be a good fit for the Latta brothers at Up & Down Lifting Solutions in Ontario.
The addition of an overhead crane has paid dividends for a Dartmouth, N.S. machine shop. When Ace Machining outgrew its previous home base, the owners had a new 14,500-sq.-ft. facility built to their specifications, including the installation of a Yale Global King electric wire overhead hoist. Co-owner and co-operator Ron Wallace says that the new facilities and the new crane have not only provided the company with breathing room, but have allowed the business to grow.
A tight work space and high winds posed a dual challenge for a crew installing a giant air conditioning system in downtown Windsor, Ont.
Court decisions pertaining to construction cranes and air rights are few and far between in Canada. Developers wanting to swing over-top a neighbour’s property generally reach an agreement with them.
Port Saint John is already the fourth largest cruise port of call in Canada and a national and international port, handling liquid and dry bulk, as well as break bulk. However, a planned modernization project due to break ground in 2018 will drastically increase the port’s capacity. Ahead of the main thrust of the modernization, two new cranes have been erected which will allow the New Brunswick port to serve larger loads from larger ships.
Held in September, this is the premier meeting for crane and rigging professionals. This meeting places a strong emphasis on safety issues, regulatory and legislative updates as well as networking opportunities. Additionally, an Exhibit Center displaying new equipment and products is featured. Attendees include top managers, crane operators, safety directors and operations managers from the industry’s foremost manufacturers and companies.
Ian Simmons, a base manager with Heli Explore Inc., had good reason to smile as he staffed the Quebec-headquartered company’s booth at the 2017 convention of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada this March in Toronto.
January 18, 2018 - Manitowoc Cranes has appointed Mi-Jack Canada as the newest dealer of Manitowoc and Grove cranes in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The Leduc, Alta.-based company offers full sales, rental purchase options, aftermarket parts and service support in both provinces. The move strengthens Manitowoc’s dealer network in the region.
Chevy recently partnered with John Deere at its world headquarters to show off its newest version of the HD Silverado pickup. The reason? A work-related backdrop is vital to understanding the needs of the HD truck owner; and frankly, what looks better than some spanking new construction equipment towed by shiny 2018 Chevy’s!
Italian crane manufacturer Fassi has acquired 100 per cent ownership of Cranab. Fassi acquired part-ownership of Cranab in 2013 and has since then increased its ownership in the company, step by step. Fassi is the full owner of the Cranab Group, which consists of the companies Cranab, Vimek and Bracke Forest.
The Fassi F395A xe-dynamic crane and the F395RA xe-dynamic models widen and complete Fassi Gru’s mid-range of cranes, coming in at the top of the range. These new cranes are available with rack and pinion (F395A) or fifth wheel (F395RA) rotation: the first is more wieldy, the second allows a complete 360° rotation. These new models come with the tried-and-tested FX500 control system, the D850 hydraulic distributor, the Fassi RCH/RCS radio remote control and FSC-S or FSC-H stability control.
Manitowoc Cranes plans to unveil several new machines at ConExpo-Con/Agg this March in Las Vegas.
For the first time ever, Linden Comansa America will display a luffing-jib tower crane at a North American exhibition.
Terex Cranes will introduce a new SK series hammerhead tower crane at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 in Las Vegas this March.
The “world premiere” of a pair of rough-terrain cranes and a virtual reality tour of a tower crane in action are among the promised highlights at the Liebherr stand at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017.
Link-Belt Pulse 2.0 “provides a simple interface for crane operators with a larger display, along with programmable features that allow each operator to customize their display; and software can be updated remotely,” the release said.
Tadano America Corporation has opened a new 21,000 square foot facility, providing complete service, repair and warranty work, as well as training facilities on Tadano cranes. This building provides the space necessary for Tadano America to stock ATF crane parts, to service cranes by factory trained technicians, and to provide training facilities for customers.
The RK 36/2400 compact crawler crane from Böcker Maschinenwerke doesn’t lose its grip, “even on soft ground,” says a news release from the Germany-based manufacturer.
A new boom design is the “capstone” of the new 298 Series 2 lattice boom crawler crane from Link-Belt Construction Equipment, says a news release from the manufacturer, which is based in Lexington, Ky.
When Mike Turnbull was offered the opportunity to join the Crane Rental Association of Canada’s executive board as treasurer and secretary last year, he was more than happy to take on those roles.
New overhead cranes are key features of the recent expansion project of a New Brunswick heavy equipment attachment maker.
All those forms that employees are filling out aren’t doing a crane company any good if they’re simply placed in a filing cabinet and forgotten, says Adrian Bartha.
Over 100 years ago, Hawboldt Industries was founded in Chester, N.S. At its inception, the company used its foundry to produce equipment and vessels for the cod fishery. However, in the decades since, Hawboldt has evolved with the times and the market. Its most recent evolution: producing marine cranes.
According to the highly recognized Canadian crane safety organizations like the B.C. Association for Crane Safety, the ideal scenario is for crane organizations to establish an employee mindset to proactively engage all workforce members in the creation of a safe work environment.
A successful fleet safety program takes proper planning, communication, time and resources… but in the long run the benefits to your crane company are significant.
When a crane company tries to improve or re-engineer its safety management systems, it has to develop a planning process that will move the organization forward as it changes. This planning process needs to be activity driven … with daily, weekly, and monthly activities defined and consistently executed. Additionally, according to the Canadian Standards Association, effective safety management systems development should include “annual and multi-year planning to ensure an organization’s safety culture is consistently maintained and your overall safety management system is effective in identification and control of hazards and associated risks.”
It seems that the term “excellence” as it applies to risk management in the Canadian crane market commonly is misunderstood and poorly defined.
When the federal government first announced it was doubling down on infrastructure spending in the 2016 Budget - $60 billion in additional funds over 10 years for the construction of new transport and energy systems - one could feel an increase optimismfrom Canada’s construction sector. After all, more money for infrastructure spending should translate into more available contracts for everyone to bid on and create more employment opportunities in the sector, right?Well, so far this appears to be true - at least as far as overall employment numbers in the sector go. According to Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey, November 2017, employment in the construction sector was up 16,000, enjoying its second straight month of gains. But more importantly, that latest boost in employment brought the year-over-year gains in the sector to 50,000 jobs (or an increase of 3.6 per cent). Sounds like the feds’ plan to build employment through infrastructure investment is working, but it may have some issues. An additional $60 billion over 10 years is a lot of money to add to the funds already earmarked for projects, and that additional injection of cash may be creating a bottleneck for getting the funds where they need to go.According to recent articles by various news outlets across the country, the federal government is experiencing delays in getting funding for infrastructure spending out the doors of the federal treasury, about $2.14 billion worth of delays. The articles are based on a report that states that of the $5.3 billion that Infrastructure Canada had planned to spend in its last fiscal year (ended on March 31, 2017), that approximately 40 per cent of those funds were not spent. According to an article by the Toronto Star, about $1.48 billion of the $2.14 billion that was not spent was earmarked for “various large-scale projects, representing about 90 per cent of what the government expected to spend on things like new transit and water systems.” The Liberals argue that they are managing the flow of money to projects (which, of course, is expected of them); while the opposition critics have argued that the frozen funds are symptoms of a larger problem related to the federal government’s long-term infrastructure program. To be fair to the feds, some project delays (and therefore, spending delays) are completely out of their control. Some of the projects they pegged for funding have been delayed due to labour issues and bad weather.And since payment is often not released until projects are completed, the money has nowhere to go. And when projects are completed, the federal government sometimes requires receipts from cities and provinces before releasing funding, which creates additional delays. That said, it sounds like there may be a piece or two missing from the Liberals’ infrastructure program’s spending chain for getting the funding where it needs to go in an efficient manner.With such a significant increase in funding earmarked for projects, perhaps more resources are required at various government levels to get all these receipts where they need to go? Whether its an increase in administrative staff at the municipal, provincial or federal levels, improved software programs for processing receipts, or an overhaul of the entire workflow processes for funding releases, the federal government may need to figure out quicker methods to get the money in the hands of the right people so it can hit its spending targets.Despite the slower pace to the release of funds, the feds’ infrastructure plan does appear to be helping the construction sector’s employment levels move in the right direction. And if the employment levels are moving in the right direction, then contracts are being awarded. And if contracts are being awarded, then the equipment purchase orders and rental orders are being submitted.Here’s to a prosperous 2018.
One the most startling revelations for a Canadian visitor to ConExpo-Con/Agg in Las Vegas this March was just how optimistic Americans we spoke with are about the new presidential administration in the U.S.
The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States has profound impacts for Canada’s economy. That’s because this country’s economic health depends heavily on trade.
It’s great that after over two years of work by the non-profit Asia Pacific Skills Table, and an infusion of nearly $800,000 in taxpayer money, a national demonstration of skills tests for mobile crane operators is ready to be put into action.
Something had to give with Vancouver’s overheated housing market. With the price of the average home soaring above $1.5 million, the B.C. government has imposed a 15 per cent surtax on buyers from outside Canada. Foreign buyers, especially those from mainland China, have been widely blamed for feeding the frenzied price increases.
The wildfire that struck Fort McMurray Alberta in early May and forced the evacuation of the entire city of nearly 90,000 people caught the world’s attention.
Nobody needs to be reminded that Canada’s economy is facing serious challenges. Nowhere are these challenges felt more severely at present than in Alberta.
Safety in heavy lifting has been a recurring theme for straight years now at the annual Crane & Rigging Conference Canada in Edmonton.
It’s difficult, if not impossible to predict the future. Well, astronomers can predict with great accuracy the timing of eclipses. But prognosticators in most other areas of human endeavor are about as accurate as astrologers.
Finishing touches have been put on a new tower crane and six-storey steel support structure at the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (OETIO) campus in Oakville, Ont.
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