The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) plans to add or increase weight restrictions to about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges statewide to ensure bridge safety and preserve the aging bridge system. PennDOT said it must take this step because of legislative inaction this past June on transportation funding, leaving the department’s future resources in question.
The SC&RA offices will be closed on Monday, September 2 for Labor Day. AAA estimates that 34.1 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home over the 2013 Labor Day weekend, a 4.2 percent increase from last year. Among those surveyed by AAA, 85 percent—or 29.2 million—will make their holiday journey by car. SC&RA wishes all its members a safe and enjoyable holiday.
A professional engineer who has evaluated over 700 crane and rigging failures will present a session on “Forensic Accident Investigations: The Team Approach” during the SC&RA Crane & Rigging Workshop, September 18-20, at the Hilton at Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Fla. Jim Wiethorn, Principal Engineer and Chairman of the Board of Haag Engineering Co., has been involved in the design, construction, and evaluation of residential, commercial and industrial buildings since 1973.
There’s still time to register for what is shaping up to be one of SC&RA’s best attended webinars ever. Plan on joining SC&RA Director of Advocacy Steven Todd September 4 at noon Eastern Daylight Time for his webinar on Permitting Priorities. His 10 years of service as Chief of Permits with the Illinois Department of Transportation makes him well qualified to explain why obtaining permits is more than simply understanding a state’s procedures and completing an application.
SC&RA is nearing completion of a project to upgrade its website at www.scranet.org. The transition should begin during the evening of Friday, August 30, when website visitors throughout North America should start seeing the new design for the first time.
SC&RA members have begun to sign up for the 2014 sponsorship program. The Association wishes to thank the following companies that already have made commitments for next year’s sponsorships:
Mack Trucks has graciously agreed to treat SC&RA members to a tour of its facilities in eastern Pennsylvania on October 2. The tour will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude by 2 p.m. Tour participants will visit the Cab & Assembly Facility in Macungie before departing for the Mack Customer Center in Allentown, where they will receive a welcome/overview at the Mack Theatre, walk through the New Product Showroom/Adaptation Center, visit the Mack Museum, and head outside for a product demonstration. Lunch also will be provided by Mack.
A Safety Manager and Lifting Specialist with nearly 20 years of experience with Mazella Companies, Al Abel, headquartered in Cleveland, will review and discuss the applicability of ASME’s B30 standard to cranes, hardware, slings and below-the-hook lifting devices during an educational session at the SC&RA Crane & Rigging Workshop, September 18-20, at the Hilton at Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Fla. During his interactive “Rig It Right and You Won’t Go Wrong” session, Abel also will give attendees the opportunity to develop their own lifting plan.
SC&RA members can save when they register by Friday, August 9, for the Crane & Rigging Workshop, September 18-20, at the Hilton at Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Fla. Early bird rates for members are $369 but increase to $429 after Friday, August 23, registrations will increase another $50 for both types of registrations. Similar early registration discounts are available for nonmembers of SC&RA.
SC&RA has selected “I Can See for Miles” as the theme for its September Facebook Cover Photo contest. Winning photos will showcase a member company’s equipment or job site against such dramatic backdrops as cityscapes, mountains, water or fields. Three winners will be selected to have their photo appear as one of the cover images on SC&RA’s Facebook page for the entire month.