This year’s SC&RA Job of the Year competitions featured very strong entries from around the world. The judging panels made their selections from 16 Hauling and 11 Rigging jobs. Some of these jobs will be instrumental to important infrastructure, energy and factory projects for years to come. Others involved the transport and placement of large, national treasures and artifacts. All focused on safety from beginning to end. None were easy.
- Bragg Companies, Long Beach, Calif.
- Shaughnessy & Ahern Co., South Boston, Mass.
- Tidewater Crane & Rigging Co., Virginia Beach, Va.
- Turner Industries Group, LLC, Baton Rouge, La.
- Duncan Machinery Movers, Inc., Lexington, Ky.
Duff Swain, President of Trincon Group LLC, Columbus, Ohio, will present a webinar on “Creative and Effective Ways to Hire and Retain Skilled Personnel” at noon Eastern on April 24. His presentation will focus on development and retention of skilled trades personnel, including truck drivers, equipment operators, maintenance personnel, and other trades where turnover is not only a productivity issue, but represents significant costs to businesses across the country.
SC&RA was saddened to learn that Charles Randle Osborne, 41, died Thursday, April 4, as the result of a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Bettendorf, Iowa. He was the son of Mike and Anna Osborne, former SC&RA members who were very active in the Crane & Rigging Group and Ladies Group, respectively, as representatives of Heavy Lift, Davenport, Iowa. He is also survived by wife, Jennifer; children, Hazel, Edward and Michael; sister, Michelle Salmon; and grandparents, Ruby and John Strine and Charles and Mary Osborne.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is considering a possible revision to the cranes and derricks in construction standard (29 C.F.R. § 1926 Subpart CC), which could clarify when forklifts are covered by the rule and how digger derricks are defined, according to an article in the March 21 issue of Construction Labor Report.
Survey results released on April 11 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirm what many truck drivers of SC&RA member companies have long suspected: Many Americans continue to use electronic devices while driving, despite warnings that it causes their own driving to deteriorate and can lead to crashes, injuries and even death.
On April 1, Maryland began allowing permited loads not exceeding 75 feet long, 12 feet wide, 14 feet 6 inches high and 120,000 pounds with prior approval to travel between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless otherwise restricted. Nighttime movements for Bay Bridge are not authorized for this pilot program. Requests for night time travel must be made as part of the original permit application. Permit holders must adhere to all time restrictions set forth by the Code of Maryland Regulations and all toll facilities.
The Mid America Association of Transportation Officials Subcommittee on Highway Transport has set its Fall meeting for October 28-30 in Louisville, Ky. This is an excellent opportunity for SC&RA members to meet and interact with state permit officials from Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota and Kansas. Click here for more information.
There is still time to register for the SC&RA Annual Conference, April 2-6, at the Westin Kierland, Scottsdale, Ariz. Registrations will be accepted onsite beginning 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 2. Join more than 660 people who have signed up for the Association’s flagship event.
The SC&RA Newsletter will not be published next week because the Association’s staff will be conducting the Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. Look for the next issue of this newsletter, which will include news from the Annual Conference, on April 11.