Rigging association presents job-of-the-year awards

The Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association recently presented three awards to companies that met challenges on the job while maintaining a concern for safety.

For the rigging job of the year award, projects were put in three categories based on the size of the job.

Buckner Heavy Lift Cranes of Graham, N.C., won the over-$750,000 category for its work dismantling and replacing the 300-square-foot roof of the Little John Coliseum at Clemson University. While the project would normally take at least six months to complete, Buckner had to complete it in 10 weeks so the coliseum could be finished before basketball pre-season activities began.

Barnhart Crane and Rigging of Memphis, Tenn., won the $150,000-to-$750,000 category for replacing two 55,000-pound feedwater heaters under cramped conditions at Barry Steam Plant in Mobile, Ala. Emmert International of Clackamas, Ore., was selected for the under-$150,000 award because of its work in moving and excavating a 37-foot-high, 6-ton statue of Paul Bunyan in Portland, Ore.