Longer Reads

Take it slow: educate your staff with training
A thorough training program that is designed to really educate the end user is not a quick presentation briefing but a full review of hazards and risks associated with multiple types of equipment they will be using.
Step change: Jerry Rossiter looks at aerial platform evolution
Jerry Rossiter has been involved in the aerial platform industry for more than 30 years. Here, he looks back at the major steps in the evolution of the market, and looks forward with optimism.
Portal placement
A challenging brewery upgrade in Tanzania prompted heavy lift and transport company Vanguard to design a custom-made portal crane system for the installation of eight large storage tanks. IC reports
Street moves
Barnhart Crane and Rigging (BCR) transported a 685 US ton (612 tonne) reactor from the Port of Los Angeles, in the US, to a BP refinery in Carson, California. The 4.5 mile (7.2 km) journey took the heavy load on a winding route through city streets, before BCR erected and set the reactor into position. IC reports
Rising fortunes
Massive expansion in business, tourism and oil and gas has made the Middle East one of the most captivating regions for economic analysts and crane operators alike. Euan Youdale reports
Metal work
Euan Youdale rounds up the latest news and product developments from the industrial lifting sector
High performance
Manufacturers of overhead cranes are expanding their equipment and their scope, as global users demand improved technology in demanding environments, such as steel production. PAOLO MORETTI, from Italian custom-made overhead crane producer Meloni Techno-Handling, talks about the sector and its products
Verona display
Almost 1,000 exhibitors and a forecast for more than 90,000 visitors make Samoter one of the heavyweights of the construction exhibition calendar. IC previews this year's event that runs in Verona, Italy from 5 to 9 March
Tempting showcase
COMMENT Joel M Dandrea
Lifting and hauling at
The Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2008. TERRY WHITE charts the history of the Association
Top jobs
The annual ESTA awards dinner is approaching fast and organisers are calling on European mobile crane and specialized transport companies to enter their most innovative applications for a chance to win
Awards time
The time to enter the first European Rental Awards is now. The awards website is up and running, giving companies all the information needed to enter.
Self reliance
KDM Hire in Northern Ireland has benefited from a buoyant construction market, but now, in the face of increasing competition, it is having to work hard to exploit all the advantages of its independent status. Murray Pollok spoke to KDM's managing director, Keith McIvor.
When to divisionalise?
Why did Northern Ireland's KDM Hire decide to create specialist rentyal divisions?
Progress report
Everybody talks about the growth of rental, but what is actually happening on the ground in individual markets? Murray Pollok reports.
Expo Vegas
There is a lot to look forward to at this year's Conexpo, with hundreds of new compact machines, telehandlers and aerial platforms on show. KHL editors provide a preview of the event.
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