Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Bucket Truck Survival Guide - In 5 Steps

Bucket trucks come in various sizes, but their main goal is to make your job easier and safer by lifting you to those hard to reach places, usually much too high for traditional ladders. Although in most cases a Bucket truck is safer than a ladder there are still some risks involved if not operated properly and that was how the Bucket Truck Survival Guide was born. But maybe I should go back just a bit. Maybe you don't even know what a bucket truck is. If you have ever seen the utility company, typically the telephone and electric company, working at the side of the road chances are they were using a bucket truck. Or you may have even seen someone using the same type of truck when removing a large tree from their property. Essentially a bucket truck, also know as a cherry picker, boom lift, man lift, basket crane or hydraladder is a type of arial work platform that usually consits of a bucket at the end of a hyrdalic lifitng arm. Usually this piece of machinery is attached to a truck. Hence a Bucket Truck.

The following list of safety guidelines should be taken into consideration whenever operating a bucket truck.

The Bucket Truck Survival Guide - In Five Parts

Following these 5 simple steps, and with proper use, a Bucket Truck can be much safer than using a typical ladder to reach those hard to reach places.

Part 1 - Pre-Safety Check
Before using a bucket truck, a safety inspection should be performed:
1) Check for oil leaks
2) Look for broken or damaged parts
3) Check for any signs of wear
4) Look for rust or cracks
5) Check all controls to ensure they are working properly

Part 2 - Parking
It is essential to park on level ground when using a Bucket Truck. You will also have to pay attention when it comes to different weather conditions. Parking on the snow or ice is much different then parking on solid ground. Even in the summer months, ground area may be soft, so make sure you are aware of the conditions, as soft ground, such as mud or snow may cause tipping if the truck is not properly parked.

Part 3 - Fuel
As the trucks engine can power the hydraulic lifting arm you should ensure that the tank is full of fuel before heading out on a job. If there is an auxiliary motor to power the lifting arm you must alsoensure that motor has plenty of fuel.

Part 4 - Emergency Operation
There may be a time when the lifting arm could malfunction. It is always a good idea to familiarize yourself the emergency procedures. If the lifting arm fails to retract you need to know exactly how to lower the bucket if the power system malfunctions.

Part 5 - Post-Safety Check
After you have finished for the day you should do another safety check ensuing all the same things as you did on your Pre Safety Check. Also it is a good idea to keep the truck free of debris and cover the bucket when it is not in use.

Author Resource:- Corey Rozon is a freelance writer from Ottawa, Canada.
This article about digger derrick trucks and bucket trucks was written with the help of i80 Equipment.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Pompano Beach company fined in fatal crane accident

Pompano Beach company fined in fatal crane accident -- South Florida

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration found Ray Qualmann Marine Construction Inc. allowed an operator who had not received training for the Link-Belt LS-58 crane to use it. The company also did not conduct an annual inspection that would have noted issues with the crane, such as rusting of a boom, a missing boom angle indicator and poorly welded lacings, according to an OSHA report.

- Boom Angle Indicators, although designs have been improved for added benefits like readablity, reliability and ruggedness, have been around for many years - like proper operator training, it is an important safety device that can help prevent damage, injury or loss of life.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Crane Safety Programs

Maxim Crane's "Building Blocks to Safety & Health" and "S.T.A.R.T.*" programs ensure a safer work environment for our employees, clients and vendors. In addition to these programs, our corporate safety initiative includes:
  • Expanded safety program
  • Pre-phase planning
  • Supervisory Incentive Award programs
  • Supervisory training
  • Employee Incentive Award programs
  • Extensive employee training
  • Employee Discipline Program
  • Substance abuse program
  • Branch safety committees
  • Safety professionals in each region
  • Safety meetings: daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly
  • Over 90% NCCCO certified crane operators
  • Comprehensive safety check for all equipment
*S.T.A.R.T.: Supervisor Training in Accident Reduction Techniques and S.T.A.R.T. II for all field employees

The Maxim commitment to "Continuous Improvement" through an ever expanding fleet, CCO Certified Operators, a Zero Accident Policy and a team that is committed to providing customers the crane and services that meet or exceed their needs has made Maxim Crane Works the #1 Crane Rental company in the United States.

  • Bare Crane Rental
  • Crane Rentals
  • Operated and Maintained Crane Rental

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Load management safety system

HAULOTTE Australia has introduced an Australian-developed automatic load management system (LMS) that is said to pioneer stringent operating standards, especially for suspended jib or hook loads over 3t.

The system is designed to ensure telehandlers are safe, and exceed mandatory Australian Standards AS1418.19, AS1418.5 and AS1418.10 covering suspended loads over 3t. The system programs the machine to electronically recognise the correct tool parameters and rating charts for each of the many tools and implements that can be fitted to telehandlers.

This includes lifting materials with the forklift attachment, to lifting suspended loads with jibs, to lifting people in elevated work platforms, to fitting a bucket and moving materials. The system analyses incoming data to automatically ensure the machine is operating within safe working limits.

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22 July 2009 : Load management safety system

Monday, July 13, 2009

Preventing Worker Injuries and Deaths from Mobile Crane Tip-Over, Boom Collapse, and Uncontrolled Hoisted Loads

Preventing Worker Injuries and Deaths from Mobile Crane Tip-Over, Boom Collapse, and Uncontrolled Hoisted Loads

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health



Construction and industrial workers are frequently injured or killed when working on or around mobile cranes because of tip-over, boom collapse, and uncontrolled hoisted loads.

CRANE OPERATORS should take the following steps to protect themselves and other workers when operating mobile cranes:

  • Always use the crane manufacturer’s load chart provided for each crane.
  • Be sure you know or can calculate the weight of each load.
  • Never use visual signs of tipping as an indicator of lift capacity.
  • Before beginning a lift,
    • follow the manufacturer’s procedures for proper outrigger deployment to ensure that cranes are properly set up and level, and
    • make sure outrigger pads are supported on firm, stable surfaces before beginning a lift.
  • When multiple lifts are made from one location, such as during duty cycle operations, check the condition of the ground and blocking materials regularly and as often as possible to ensure the crane remains on firm, stable ground.
  • Always check for overhead power lines and other obstructions. Comply with OSHA regulations for safe working distances around power lines: 29 CFR* 1910.333(c)(3)(iii) and 29 CFR 1926.550(a)(15)(i), (ii), and (iii).

*Code of Federal Regulations. See CFR in References.

crane tipover
Crane tip-over at library expansion project. (Photo courtesy of The Blade/Toledo Ohio)

  • Avoid hoisting or moving suspended loads over workers and others within the crane’s swing radius.
  • Barricade the swing radius to keep unauthorized persons from entering areas of pinch points.
  • Follow a written engineered lift plan for all critical lifts.
  • If you are under age 18, do not operate a crane or assist in tasks being performed on cranes such as repairing, servicing, assembling, and disassembling the machine. For more information about Federal child labor laws, visit; or call 1–866–4–USADOL.

Riggers and Ground Workers should take the following steps to protect themselves when working on or around mobile cranes:

  • Never work directly under a suspended load.
  • Watch for signs of problems during each lift.
  • Always check for overhead power lines and other obstructions. Comply with OSHA regulations for safe working distances around power lines.
  • Barricade the swing radius to keep unauthorized persons from entering areas of pinch points.
  • Follow a written engineered lift plan for all critical lifts.
  • Follow the correct procedures when setting up or dismantling a crane. Make sure boom sections are blocked or supported before removing pins. Stay out from under the boom at all times if possible.
  • If you are under age 16, do not perform any type of construction or manufacturing work. If you are under age 18, do not operate a crane or assist in tasks being performed on cranes such as repairing, servicing, assembling and disassembling the machine. For more information about Federal child labor laws, visit; or call 1–866–4–USADOL.

EMPLOYERS should take the following steps to protect workers who work on or around mobile cranes:

  • Make sure your work sites comply with safety requirements found in pertinent regulations including OSHA 29 CFR 1910.180 (general industry cranes); 29 CFR 1917.45 (marine terminals); 29 CFR 1918.66 (maritime, cranes, and derricks other than vessel’s gear); 29 CFR 1926.550 (construction industry cranes and derricks); and ASME B30.5–2004, mobile and locomotive cranes.
  • Conduct training to ensure crane operators understand safe crane operation as well as the principles of set-up, rigging, hoisting, extending the boom, swinging a load, pinching and crushing points, swing radius warning barriers, power line safety, etc.
  • Conduct training to ensure riggers and ground workers understand the hazards of working around mobile cranes and that they watch for signs of problems at all times, especially if power lines are nearby.
  • Develop and implement standard operating procedures (SOPs) for safely lifting loads.
  • Develop and follow a written engineered lift plan for all critical lifts.
  • When multiple lifts are made from one location (such as during duty cycle operations) check the condition of the ground and blocking materials regularly and as often as possible to ensure the crane remains on firm, stable ground.
  • Ensure that mobile cranes located on floating barges are positively secured and barge list (leaning or tilt) is accounted for.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommended assembly, disassembly, and maintenance procedures when working on cranes.
  • Comply with child labor laws that prohibit construction and manufacturing work by persons under age 16 and that prohibits workers under age 18 from operating or assisting in the operation, repair, servicing, assembly, disassembly, and similar activities associated with mobile cranes. For more information about Federal child labor laws, visit; or call 1–866–4–USADOL.

Boom collapse during crane disassembly.

Mobile tower crane tip-over attempting to hoist water tank. (Photo courtesy of Iowa FACE Program)

For additional information, see NIOSH Alert:
Preventing Worker Injuries and Deaths from Mobile Crane Tip-Over, Boom Collapse, and Uncontrolled Hoisted Loads

DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2006–142.
Single copies of the Alert are available free from the following:

NIOSH—Publications Dissemination
4676 Columbia Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45226–1998

Telephone: 1–800–35–NIOSH (1–800–356–4674)
Fax: 513–533–8573

or visit the NIOSH Web site at

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New lift truck improves safety » New lift truck improves safety May 21, 2009 by Fred Hosier
Posted in: Forklift safety, Product and service news

New Crown RR 5700 Series Raises Expectations for Reach Truck Productivity

Traction Control System is First-Ever for Pantograph Reach Truck

NEW BREMEN, Ohio (May 21, 2009) - Crown Equipment, one of the world’s leading lift truck manufacturers, unveiled today the Crown RR 5700 Series of technologically advanced reach trucks that is intended to deliver greater material handling productivity, efficiency and safety. Specifically engineered for the unique challenges of a narrow-aisle warehouse environment, the Crown RR 5700 features the industry’s first traction control system, enhanced execution of load-handling functions, and the fastest lift and travel speeds among other available reach trucks.

The Crown RR 5700 includes several enhancements that improve operator confidence and control in performing challenging moves at heights greater than 36 feet. Most notably, the Crown RR 5700 is the first-ever pantograph reach truck with a traction control system designed to assist the truck from slipping on wet, dusty or sealed floors. The patent-pending Crown OnTracTM Anti-Slip Traction Control uses the integrated Crown Access 1 2 3® control system to compare the truck’s speed with the number of revolutions per minute the drive tire is turning to determine whether the truck has lost traction. By reducing tire spin during acceleration and preventing wheel lock-up during braking, the system reduces slipping and sliding. This decreases tire wear, increases efficiency, helps reduce the risk of accidents and product damage, and improves operator confidence in slick conditions, such as refrigerated or freezer applications. Other enhancements include:

- Lift and Travel Speed: The Crown RR 5700 travels seven percent faster, lifts 18 percent faster and lowers 16 percent faster than similar reach trucks. Cornering speed control in the Crown RR 5700 slows the truck’s speed as the steer angle increases so that turns can be negotiated safely. Truck performance settings can be customized to individual operator preferences.

- Operator Comfort: The Crown RR 5700 includes a suspended floorboard that absorbs vibration, and trucks can be outfitted with a ThermoAssistTM package for improved operator comfort in refrigerated or freezer applications. S-Class trucks include a padded seat, which can be adjusted to three different positions to allow drivers to sit, lean or stand during truck operation. The S-Class operator compartment is 45 percent larger than those on other reach trucks and features a special footrest that offers postural relief while promoting a safe operating position. These ergonomic advantages, in addition to an adjustable arm rest, work together with safety features such as an entry bar safety switch and position hold to promote safe lift truck operation while maximizing productivity.

- One-Touch Rack Height Select: Available as an add-on element, a rack height selection feature allows operators to stop the forks at a specific rack level with the click of a button. While other systems require users to choose from two entry heights for each rack level: one for pallet pick-up and a slightly higher height for pallet put-away, the Crown RR 5700’s One-Touch Rack Height Select senses whether the truck is carrying a load and adjusts rack entry height accordingly. A tilt-position-assist function further facilitates pallet entry at upper rack levels by leveling the forks.

“The Crown RR 5700 is a major step forward in the use of the truck’s intelligence to improve performance and control,” said Crown Product Manager Maria Schwieterman. “The entire package is really more than meets the eye as the Crown Access 1 2 3 operating system provides a platform on which we can drive innovations such as the unique traction control system and rack-height select feature. When combined with the Crown InfoLinkÒ system, data can be collected and analyzed across multiple trucks via the Crown InsiteTM approach to improving fleet management and paving the way for true business intelligence within material handling environments.”

The Crown RR 5700 Series of trucks is offered in reach heights greater than 36 feet with lift capacities of 4,500 pounds. The Crown RR 5700 is available with AC-powered drive and hydraulic systems, and in a double-deep reach version called the Crown RD 5700.

About Crown Equipment Corporation
Crown is the number one brand of electric lift trucks in the United States and the seventh largest lift truck manufacturer in the world. Crown’s award-winning line of lift trucks has earned a reputation for exceptional product design, engineering and manufacturing. From the smallest hand pallet truck to the highest lifting turret truck, Crown seeks to provide users with safe, efficient and ergonomic lift trucks that lower total cost of ownership and maximize uptime. Headquartered in New Bremen, Ohio, Crown manufactures lift trucks that are sold throughout the world. For more information, visit

Monday, April 06, 2009

Crane Inspection and Safety Compliance Technology

N4 Systems Listed as "Top 25 Up and Comer"

Last update: 9:37 a.m. EDT April 2, 2009
TORONTO, ONTARIO, Apr 02, 2009 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- N4 Systems, today announced that it has been selected as a top 25 up and coming technology company by the 2009 Branham300. The Top 25 Up and Comers category recognizes the leaders of tomorrow within the Canadian information and communication technology industry. The companies are selected for their innovation, uniqueness and long-term potential.

"We are excited to be listed as a 2009 Branham300 Top 25 Up and Comer. Our flagship Inspection and Safety Compliance (ISCM) product suite, Field ID, has made huge leaps both in technology and customer base. Organizations, both small and large, are now using Field ID to stay safe. Field ID truly is making safety simple for users around the world", noted Somen Mondal, CEO of N4 Systems.

N4 Systems' COO Shaun Ricci added, "Our recent enhancements to Field ID are a testament to our commitment to making safety simple. With all the recent crane accidents, our crane inspection enhancements are revolutionizing the way crane safety is managed. We are thrilled that Branham300 has recognized our innovation and potential."

About the Field ID Safety Network:
The Field ID Safety Network provides the first complete safety traceability service for organizations of all sizes. The Field ID Safety Network provides never before seen safety traceability by connecting each party involved in the safety compliance process including manufacturers, distributors, inspectors and end users. The Field ID Safety Network allows users to eliminate compliance paperwork and greatly reduce errors, guesswork and liability inherent with paper-based compliance and inspection management. Most importantly, the Field ID Safety Network creates safer workplaces and prevents accidents.
About N4 Systems:

N4 Systems Inc. is the market leader in Inspection and Safety Compliance Management (ISCM) for companies of all sizes. For more information

Monday, February 16, 2009

Jargon on the Job: A Potential Safety Barrie

Jargon on the Job: A Potential Safety Barrier
By Lucy Perry, Publisher's Perspective, Lift and

February 10, 2009 – Purdue University researchers have found that specialized language used in safety training for construction workers may not be understood by newbies or non-English-speaking workers. It’s a situation that could put these workers in danger. The studies looked at mandatory 10-hour OSHA training, where words such as “PTO,” “bird caging,” “lockout/tagout,” and “lanyard,” are commonly used. I was interested in learning about the safety challenges presented by jargon used in training and on the job.

First the study looked at safety training issues for employees new to construction, examining the causes behind the high number of work-related deaths and injuries in construction. Previous studies indicated they are more likely to occur at the beginning of a construction worker’s career. The team conducted surveys with construction industry student interns before OSHA training, after training and before working on a construction site, and after working at their first internship. Results indicated the training is successful in creating awareness of safety issues, but many interns, mostly college construction engineering management students, didn’t understand terminology and acronyms presented. Yet safety instructors believed students understood the meanings of unfamiliar words before working on the construction site.

The second study looked specifically at Hispanic construction workers in Louisiana who were helping to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. The survey looked at this sector because it was prone to a high number of fatalities. They studied Hispanics’ perceptions of safety, their levels of safety training, and their familiarity with construction terms. The study offered the same list of words as in the student study and found that less than 20 percent of Hispanic workers understood any of the terms used in OSHA training, and some terms were understood by only 3 percent.

“Safety trainers must cover a lot of material in a short amount of time and, therefore, use a lot of jargon and acronyms,” the Purdue researchers reported. “These terms are familiar to them and those in the industry, but this lingo isn’t understood by everyone on the construction site. Not understanding any part of it puts workers at risk.”

Curious as to how critical an issue this really is, I turned to the American Society of Safety Engineers, which is working on the issue of literacy among workers. ASSE has found that workers who may be considered illiterate in English may also have never learned to read or write in their native language.

“This is an issue our members have been addressing for years, especially our Latino safety professionals group,” emailed an ASSE public relations staffer. Dwight Henson, an instructor for Industrial Training International, says he runs into two barriers to successful crane training: the individual who has not adequately learned to read and write, and the individual who cannot read and write in the language used in the workplace. “It’s not possible for an individual to safely operate a crane when he or she cannot read a load chart or the many pages of notes that crane manufacturers require operators to use,” says Henson.

Yet safety trainer Jeff York of Signal-Rite says in doing signalperson and rigger training, his staff has found that if Spanish-speaking students are taught how to deliver the signal, they can do just as well as English-speaking workers.

The researchers make a good point when they suggest that visuals—illustrating construction-specific words—would improve understanding. “We shouldn’t eliminate the acronyms and jargon from the training because these are terms workers will need to know, but what we can do is associate visual elements with these words so they are familiar with the terms and what they mean,” researchers said.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Fact Sheet No. 2: Hoists, Cranes and Pullers – Safety & Warning Labels and Test Certification

This is the second in a series of Fact Sheets developed by the Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance concerning safe application and operation of overhead material handling equipment.

Why are Safety & Warning Labels and Load Test Certification important?

Hoist, crane and puller equipment have specific application instructions. Operators and inspectors need to know how to safely apply each device and they need to understand their limitations.

What safety and warning information should be considered when purchasing, installing or using Hoists, Cranes and Pullers?

Some of the items that should be noted when purchasing, installing or using Hoists, Cranes and Pullers are:
1) Load test certification
2) Rated capacity clearly marked on the product
3) Specific warning information
4) Product model number, serial number and date of manufacture
5) Manufacturer’s name and contact information
6) Manufacturer’s Operations Manual
7) Applicable standards or codes with which the product complies

How can you protect your workers?
You can protect your workers by:
  • Ensuring that all new products purchased comply with all applicable OSHA, National, State and local requirements.
  • Ensure that all operators have been trained for each type of equipment.
  • Use a preventative maintenance and inspection procedure for each type of equipment.
  • Maintain proper inspection and maintenance records.
What do Employees/Operators needs to know?
  • Employees and Operators need to know:
  • Proper equipment operator instructions.
  • Load limits and capacities of each payload.
  • Safe Rigging practices.
  • Operator inspection requirement at the start of each shift.
  • Equipment inspection and maintenance cycle requirements.

Where can I get more information?
Please refer to the Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance for additional information. If there is any question as to which standards or requirements apply please contact your local OSHA office.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Fact Sheet No. 1: Proper Inspection and Maintenance of Overhead Cranes and Hoists

This is the first in a series of Fact Sheets developed by the Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance concerning safe application and operation of overhead material handling equipment.

Why is overhead crane and hoist inspection important?

Crane inspection and maintenance are essential to safe equipment operation. Operator safety can be improved and operator injury can be avoided if the equipment is properly inspected and maintained. In addition, manufacturing productivity can also be improved with scheduled maintenance to maintain proper equipment functionality and to help avert breakdown repairs. Failure to complete overhead crane and hoist inspections and proper equipment maintenance could lead to serious injury, death or destruction of property.

What are the standards for overhead hoist and crane inspection and maintenance?

The standards and reference manuals for the required proper inspection of overhead cranes and hoists are:
  1. Occupational Safety & Health Administration – 29 CFR Part 1910.179 Overhead and Gantry Cranes
  2. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers – B30.2 - 2005 Overhead and Gantry Cranes (Top Running Bridge, Single or Multiple Girder, Top Running Trolley Hoist); B30.16 - 2003 Overhead Hoists (Underhung); B30.17 - 2003 Overhead and Gantry Cranes (Top Running Bridge, Single Girder, Underhung Hoist)
  3. Canadian Standards Association – CAN/CSA B167-96 (R2002) Safety Standard for Maintenance and Inspection of Overhead Cranes, Gantry Cranes, Monorails, Hoists and Trolleys.
  4. Crane Manufacturers Association of America – CMAA Specification 78 - Standards and Guidelines for Professional Services Performed on Overhead Traveling Cranes and Associated Hoisting Equipment
  5. State and local codes.
  6. Manufacturers’ Operations Manual.
These standards and reference manuals outline the frequency of inspection, the items that shall be inspected, who shall conduct the inspection, and how to document the inspection.

How can you protect your workers?

You can protect your workers by:
  • Implementing a written and documented crane and hoist inspection and maintenance program.
  • Training the operator to perform the required pre-shift inspection of the equipment.
  • Training the operator to properly use the equipment.
  • Ensuring that the operator has read the manufacturers’ operation manuals.
  • What do employees/operators needs to know?
  • Proper pre-shift inspection techniques and items to be inspected.
  • Proper use of the equipment.
  • Contents of manufacturers’ operations manual.
  • Lock out/Tag out procedure.
  • How to document the inspections.
  • Who to contact in the event that a product requires service or repair.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Incident Prevention Web Site geared for Utility Safety

Here is a very good resource for Utility Safety issues:

Incident Prevention is on a mission to be a major force in the reduction of job-related incidents within utilities, communication providers and related contractors.

Incident Prevention is proud to announce the co-location of iP Safety Conference at ICUEE in 2009. ICUEE 2009 is the premier international demonstration exposition and education resource for the construction and utility industries.

Network with utility safety, training and operations professionals. Expand your job safety knowledge by attending your choice of 20+ seminars.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

new crane operator certification program accredited by ANSI

A new crane operator certification program is now accredited by the American National Standards Institute. First introduced in late 2006, the certification is a collaboration of The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), North American Crane Bureau (NACB), and Prov.

"I would like to extend our congratulations on this significant achievement," said Vijay Krishna, program manager for ANSI Personnel Certification Accreditation. "ANSI looks forward to a continued partnership and is thrilled to have NCCER as an ANSI Accredited Personnel Certification Program."
" Having our crane operator program receive ANSI accreditation is a remarkable achievement for our organization," said Don Whyte, NCCER president. "It further validates that our program meets the highest professional certification standards for crane operators across the industry."

More information is available at NACB, Inc. at 1-800-654-5640 - or NCCER at 888.622.3720 -

Monday, January 26, 2009

Altec acquires Lift-All

Written by Alex Dahm - 13 Jan 2009

Boom truck and utility lift manufacturer Altec, Inc. in the US has acquired Lift-All, a Fort Wayne, Indiana-based competitor. Altec, which said the acquisition included Lift-All's products, manufacturing facilities and other assets, did not disclose the purchase price.

Lift-All manufactures utility vehicles, including material handlers, digger derricks, tree trimmers, insulated lifts and elevator units.

Around 100 people are employed at Fort Wayne and there are nearly 40 distributors in the US, Canada and Mexico. Altec said in early January it was undecided whether more people would be hired or if some would be let go. Further details of how it will integrate the two businesses are awaited but it is intended that all products will be brought under the Altec brand name.

"This acquisition provides Altec with a unique opportunity to broaden our product line and offer additional choice and value to our customers," said Lee Styslinger, Altec president and chief executive officer. "Lift-All has had a well-established reputation for producing reliable, quality products for nearly 30 years. Their equipment will be an excellent complement to Altec's products and services."

Altec, in Birmingham, Alabama, said it is the world's largest manufacturer of utility lifts, including boom trucks, and that it sells its equipment in more than 100 countries.