Sit! Good Dog

| Construction sites have been the inspiration for numerous technological advances. The construction site has been the driving force behind telematics, machine control, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles. It apparently is now the “birthing place” for a new breed of robot dogs. Robot dogs scare me. Maybe it’s because ever since I was a little boy, ... READ MORE

Buried Alive

| Nearly two years ago in the November/December 2016 issue of Grading and Excavation Contractor, we published an article called, “Safety: Excavation and Trenching Dangers.” In that article is the story of Eric Giguere, a man who was buried alive in a trench collapse. “As Eric Giguere left for work on the morning of October 4, ... READ MORE

National Lift Week, Sponsored by Stertil-Koni, Kicks off October 8

| STEVENSVILLE, MD October 4, 2018 – Heavy duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni today announced that the fifth National Lift Week® kicks off Monday, Oct. 8 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 13. The six-day event showcases best practices in vehicle lift safety, service, and performance. As part of the occasion, Stertil-Koni distributors across North America will ... READ MORE

Leica Geosystems, GeoPal partner to add high accuracy to mobile operations

| (Heerbrugg, Switzerland, 26 July 2018) – Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, industry leader in measurement technology, today announced its new partnership with GeoPal to support high accuracy asset data capture for utility professionals within the GeoPal mobile workforce management solution.  With increased regulatory pressure on utility organisations to provide more accurate location data and asset records, the Leica ... READ MORE

This Seriously Can Kill You

| I usually try to get to this subject at the very start of summer and at this point, I feel I’m a couple of weeks late. But since it is the 4th of July, I’m assuming most of you have the day off and will be enjoying cold beverages and barbeque and this could be ... READ MORE

THE BOMAG BPR 70/70 D REVERSIBLE PLATE FEATURES NEW COMFORT HANDLE DESIGN TO LOWER VIBRATION FEEDBACK

| Ridgeway, S.C., June, 2018 – Today’s BOMAG BPR 70/70 D reversible plate compactor boasts a specially designed comfort handle that reduces vibration feedback to the operator’s hands, reducing fatigue. Rubber vibration buffers connecting the steering rod to both the handle and the base plate drop hand-arm-vibration values to 8.2 ft/s2 (2.5 m/s2), offering enhanced operator ... READ MORE

How to be Defense-minded With Trenching and Shoring Projects

| Trenching operations are never “ordinary.” Accidents are never expected. But they can be anticipated and prevented. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Geotechnical investigation of the soil to be excavated during the trenching operation provides the first warnings that there could be a problem with trench stability. Engineering analysis is the best defense against disaster once potential problems are uncovered. Using both sources of information allows the contractor to choose the most appropriate method of protecting his crew from potentially catastrophic earth movement. And even the most diligent investigation and thorough analysis will not discover every danger. Therefore, a trenching contractor must be ready to quickly set up additional safeguards and modify his trenching operations to further ensure site safety. In order to meet this goal, both the contractor and his crew need to be thoroughly trained in the installation and use of protective measures that prevent sidewall cave-ins or protect workers should one occur. ... READ MORE

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