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.

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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.