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Safety & Compliance
New OSHA Bulletin for Job-Made Boxes and Platforms
Putting a makeshift platform or box on a telehandler or forklift to lift workers, materials or equipment is a risky move. Are you following these best practices for working at height?
April 7, 2022
EPA Doubles Down on Prohibition of Emissions Defeat Devices
The EPA enforcement alert from December notes defeat device installs and tampering bans that can result in penalties.
January 12, 2021
EPA to award $40M in diesel emissions reduction grants
The Diesel Emission Reduction Program will receive $40M from the EPA to go towards diesel emission reduction grants. Get more details on Equipment World.
January 9, 2019
Feds fine Hyundai CE $2M for lying to EPA about non-compliant engines
Hyundai CE Americas has been fined $1.9 million for attempting to defraud the U.S. Government and violating the Clean Air Act. Learn more here.
November 19, 2018
CARB revokes compliance alternatives for truck emissions regs after court decision
The time has expired for legal appeals to save the California Air Resources Board’s 2014-introduced “compliance alternatives” to the engine upgrades and retrofits required by its Statewide Truck and Bus Regulation. Emails attempting to clarify the situation have been going out this month to truck owners with CARB-registered vehicles still taking advantage of one or […]
May 7, 2018
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Public workshop slated on Calif.’s proposed certification procedures for zero-emission powertrains
The California Air Resources Board (CARB), which is the government clean-air agency for California, is holding a public workshop on November 29 to discuss the development of certification procedures for zero‑emission powertrains. The proposed regulation is to support implementation of funding programs, as well as current and potential future regulatory measures for zero‑emission technologies for […]
November 15, 2017
Construction industry deserves more objective debate on global warming
Since construction equipment sends about 22 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air per gallon of diesel consumed, the topic of global warming, aka climate change, is not irrelevant to our industry. Unfortunately, you cannot have an objective conversation about this, thanks to the vast numbers of people who form opinions without ever investigating […]
July 3, 2017
DOJ sues FCA over Ram, Jeep diesel emissions
The U.S. Department of Justice today filed a civil lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over alleged violations of federal diesel emissions regulations. FCA has faced these allegations since January when the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board accused the automaker of installing undisclosed engine management software that led to increased nitrogen oxide emissions […]
May 23, 2017
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Truck, engine makers and industry groups pleased with final Phase 2 emissions standards
Industry stakeholders wasted little time in reacting to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) new emissions and fuel economy standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) endorsed the mandate, which calls for a phased-in reduction of up to 25 percent in […]
August 17, 2016
How big data and the electric car reveal the future of heavy equipment emissions regulations
Recently I came across a map of the United States published by The Atlantic‘s CityLab site that showed where electric vehicles (EVs) were most and least beneficial in terms of reducing air pollution. This map and the thinking behind it is an example of how big data is changing how policy makers will govern many aspects of […]
July 9, 2015
Low-viscosity oils are only the beginning; new EPA diesel fuel economy rules will significantly impact your future
Earlier in June, Shell Lubricants went into great detail telling journalists about how the soon-to-come, low-viscosity diesel lube oil category will help heavy duty trucks improve fuel economy by roughly one percent. And while a one percent improvement in fuel economy may not get those of you in the heavy construction business too excited, another […]
June 24, 2015
Earth Day is dead: the EPA’s fall from a scientific organization to a manipulable political tool
I don’t see why people feel compelled to celebrate Earth Day—which was yesterday if you were fortunate enough to avoid the phony phenomena of a day of brainless, bumper-sticker sentiments. For one, Earth Day isn’t real news. It’s what Daniel Boorstin years ago called a manufactured news event. They wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for […]
April 23, 2014
Wall Street tycoon wants to save the planet with attack ads, should have studied engineering instead
The New York Times on Tuesday prominently reported the plans of a hedge fund manager who intends to splatter the world with $100-million worth of ads against politicians who question global warming theory. Billionaire Tom Steyer, according to the paper: “plans to spend as much as $100 million during the 2014 election seeking to pressure […]
February 24, 2014
EPA offering rebates for construction equipment DPF retrofits, engine replacements until Jan. 15
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a rebate program that will help construction equipment owners with the cost of reducing their fleet’s emissions. In 2010, a provision was added to the EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act that allows the agency to give rebates to fleet owners taking action to reduce emissions. The 2013 Construction Equipment […]
November 21, 2013
Study: Hybrid construction equipment emits more harmful pollutants than diesel-only machines
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have concluded that while hybrid construction equipment certainly reduces fuel consumption, they are still worse for the environment due to increased harmful emissions. The scientists deployed 10 hybrid Caterpillar D7E bulldozers and six hybrid Komatsu HB215LC-1 excavators at six different jobsites in California. Both machines were tested for […]
October 23, 2013
Opinion: If Obama wants job growth, he should start by asking the EPA to calculate how many jobs they’ve destroyed
The president spent an hour last week giving a speech detailing yet another jobs program. During the last election cycle we were promised a new era of green jobs facilitated by the hand of government. Now it’s “infrastructure,” he says. That’s where the jobs are! Obama’s been talking about infrastructure for six years now and […]
July 31, 2013
Fossil-fueled vehicles better for environment than electric?
Over the 4th of July weekend—while you were busy polluting the air with your holiday grilling—you might have missed this well-documented piece on the environmental effects of the electric car, called “Unclean at any speed.” It does a good job of eviscerating what is now a lie so commonly told that most people believe it: […]
July 22, 2013
Opinion: Why I write about Global Warming on a construction equipment site
A reader from Europe recently asked why I spend a lot of time blogging about global warming and other such environmental topics, as this is a website primarily dedicated to heavy equipment and construction. Since his was a reasonable and well written letter, I did not immediately trash it as one has to with most […]
July 17, 2013
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Video: The Cat Self-Driving Dump Truck Versus the Soccer Star
An autonomous truck, a semi-autonomous CTL and a four-time World Cup player navigate obstacle courses of fully set dinner tables.
Pay and benefits
Union Rejects CNH's 'Final Offer' Without a Vote as Strike Continues
Merlo P72.10Plus Telehandler Balances Precision and Speed
Liebherr Completely Redesigns TA 230 Articulated Dump Truck
Hitachi’s First 3 Excavators Since Deere Split Unveiled for U.S.
Equipment World Contractor of the Year
The Contractor of the Year contest recognizes contractors who have annual revenues of between $3 million and $15 million and exemplify the highest standards of construction professionals.
7 Secrets to Cutting Fleet Costs
The day-to-day expenses of running a fleet can add up quickly. This eBook can help you uncover 7 of those hidden costs and implement best practices to address them. Download your copy now to learn more.