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Kobelco USA to Use Yanmar, Isuzu to Fill Engine Void, But Plant Layoffs Will Proceed
The Yanmar and Isuzu engine refits to replace Hino engines are a "major project which requires an enormous investment in engineering and design resources," says Kobelco.
April 20, 2021
A Week in the Trenches: 1 Dead, 1 Fined, 1 Rescued
Within a week, one contractor was fined $135,612 for a fatal cave-in, a worker died in a trench, and a trapped worker was rescued.
April 12, 2021
Kobelco to Lay Off 75% of U.S. Excavator Plant Workers Over Engine Supply Problems
"It is terribly unfortunate to Kobelco and their associates for this to happen at a time when their sales are sky high and their workforce is growing rapidly," said a local official.
April 15, 2021
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Video: Cat Puts Its Service Techs Through Reality-TV-Style Challenge
The “Cat Trial 10: Tech Test” video – a slick production similar to those reality-TV obstacle challenges you can't help but watch – features a glimpse of technicians navigating a series of four tests to demonstrate their skills and endurance.
April 8, 2021
Family of Victim in Fatal Trench Collapse Reaches $12M Settlement
One of the largest wrongful-death settlements for an individual in Washington State history was approved for the family of a 24-year-old man who died while trying to save a co-worker.
March 31, 2021
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How to Secure Yourself in the Event of a Machine Rollover
Read and download this Safety Watch talk to go over the details with your people on why machine seat belts are a lifesaver.
March 25, 2021
Zipper Up: More States Using This Merging Method for Safer Work Zones
Though some consider it bad manners to merge at the last minute, DOTs find it can reduce traffic jams and improve safety for road workers and motorists. But it only works in certain conditions.
March 11, 2021
Shock-Proof: How To Avoid Electrocution Accidents During Utility Installs
A crew member reached out to steady a wobbly anchor during the setting process, unaware that the extended boom had touched a 7,200-volt overhead power line.
March 11, 2021
Oklahoma contractor faces $205K in penalties for trench violations
The contractor received six trench-related citations in 2017. This time, OSHA is proposing penalties of $205,000 after workers were found in unprotected trenches that had standing water in them.
March 10, 2021
Play some tunes, protect your ears with new ISOtunes ANSI-rated bluetooth headphones and earbuds
Protect your hearing on the job with Isotune's new earphones, both devices have Bluetooth connectivity and provide ANSI-certified noise-reduction ratings.
March 3, 2021
Missouri contractor faces $270K in repeat penalties for trench violations
Workers were found in a trench without cave-in protection by OSHA two years after company fined for fatal collapse. More details right here.
February 26, 2021
OSHA’s new Covid guidelines call for employer prevention programs on jobsites
Here's what you need to know about the new OSHA guidelines for Covid prevention.
February 4, 2021
A Deadly Year in the Trenches: 21 Workers Die in Cave-ins in 2020
Trench-collapse deaths among construction workers appear to be rising since 2018. These are the fathers, husbands, sons and brothers whose live were taken by trench accidents in 2020.
February 1, 2021
Biden orders OSHA to consider emergency Covid standards
President Joe Biden issues executive order to review workplace guidelines and enforcement to prevent Covid spread, and possibly roll out emergency temporary standards.
January 27, 2021
88% of Contractors Report Projects Canceled or Delayed in 2020 & 2021
According to a recent survey, 88 percent of contractors reported construction project cancellations or delays in 2020 and 2021. Details about the survey here.
January 8, 2021
H&E to sell trench boxes that can be assembled in under 15 minutes
H&E Equipment Services partners with GroundWorks Safety System to bring easy to assemble trench boxes to the U.S. market. Details on Equipment World.
November 25, 2020
Supervisor indicted on federal charge in fatal 2017 trench collapse in Pennsylvania
The collapse on May 22, 2017, killed a 60-year-old worker installing a sewer line in a trench in Rostraver Township, Pennsylvania.
October 6, 2020
OSHA issues new guidance on face masks for working in the heat
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued new guidelines for wearing cloth face coverings while working outside in hot and humid conditions or while performing strenuous outdoor activities. The guidance includes allowing outdoors workers in construction, landscaping and other similar fields to take off their face cover when they can stay at least […]
September 22, 2020
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Similar But Very Different: Cat Expert Explains the Four 315 and 317 Excavator Models | The Dirt #24
Cat's 315, 315 GC, 317 and 317 GC excavators are all-new inside and out. So much has been packed into these models that in this episode of The Dirt, we've asked Cat excavator expert Brian Stellbrink to break it all down.
"Franken-Dozer" Lives! '85 Cat D9L Revived with Electronic "Heart"
Case Upgrades its Popular G Series Loaders, Adds Payload, Tire Measurement Options
Compact equipment attachments
Do More Than Dig with That Compact Excavator with These 13 Attachments
ASV Extends Max-Series "Wow-Factor" Cab to Skid Steers
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.
Fullbay’s Guide to Starting a Mobile Repair Shop
If you've ever thought about starting a mobile repair business or adding a mobile tech to your shop, you need to read this guide.