Thursday, May 23, 2013
After hearing objections and concerns from “a number of parties” the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced its intent to extend the deadline for compliance with its new crane operator certification rules by three years to November 10, 2017.
The extension will allow the administration time to address raised concerns through a new draft of the rules at a later date and ensure that the requirements being updated don’t “cause disruption to the construction industry.”
The proposed extension would also extend the existing phase-in requirement that employers ensure that their operators are qualified to operate the equipment to the same date.
On August 9, 2010 OSHA issued a final standard on requirements for cranes and derricks in construction work. To meet the standard, employers were required to either certify crane operators themselves using an evaluation program that has been approved by a third-party agency, or use a third-party testing agency.
The standard gave crane operators to meet one of four qualification/certification options by Nov. 10, 2014.
During a recent meeting hosted by OSHA on the new rules attended by contractors, industry organizations representatives of several crane manufacturers, there was little agreement on the definitions of “certification” and “qualification” and who has the right to decide whether an operator is qualified or not.
There was also concern over how operators will be tested and what they will be tested on. Many raised the concern that a lot of time and money could be wasted testing crane operators who are, in their employer’s opinion, fully “qualified” to operate but have yet to be certified.
Between now and 2017 and the process of addressing concerns about the new rules, the agency plans to post a list of frequently asked questions on its Cranes and Derricks in Construction website to provide additional clarification and address some comments and concerns raised by stakeholders.
Friday, May 17, 2013
JLG Introduces Its New JLG Mobile Analyzer
May 15th, 2013
JLG Industries Inc., a leading manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telescopic material handlers, recently announced the availability of the JLG Mobile Analyzer — a first of its kind in the industry. The new tool combines a free mobile application and a wireless access module to provide technicians with remote access to program, troubleshoot, calibrate or customize JLG equipment performance.
“The JLG Mobile Analyzer is a Wi-Fi-enabled evolution of the JLG Analyzer Kit, allowing technicians to do the same analysis they are currently doing with the handheld kit,” explained Chris Mellott, JLG vice president, customer support and aftermarket development. “However, this new tool for Apple or Google operating system devices, allows for an extended operating range of up to 150 ft. Continuing to introduce new technologies that help our customers do their jobs more efficiently is a key priority at JLG. We believe this app provides the flexibility our customers need.”
To support the current North American introduction, the JLG Mobile Analyzer communicates in English and Spanish. Eleven additional languages will be available by the end of 2013, coinciding with the product’s global distribution and providing a consistent user interface to JLG customers around the world. These languages include International French, Dutch, German, Italian, International Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Hindi, Russian, Japanese and Korean.
Users can download the app at no charge on mobile devices compatible with Apple iOS 5.0 and up, as well as Android API 8 and up, through Apple iTunes and Google Play stores. Regular software updates ensure compatibility to mobile devices. The app works with the JLG Mobile Wireless Access Module, which can be ordered through JLG’s Online Express or a JLG representative.
The access module plugs into a port on JLG products that are currently compatible with the JLG Analyzer Kit, as well as all new JLG products with Advance Design Electronics (ADE), and uses the app to transmit equipment performance data to a mobile device. Although the module is interchangeable among machines, it can only be connected to one mobile device at a time. To enhance functionality, technicians can make phone calls while using the JLG Mobile Analyzer, enabling them to talk with factory support representatives as they work on machines. And because technicians are not limited by connections to equipment by cables attached to handheld devices, they have greater mobility around equipment and can seek shelter in trucks or other protective cover during inclement weather, while continuing to receive and analyze data.
The JLG Mobile Analyzer delivers information in full description read-outs, which are easier to understand than the abbreviated scrolling text associated with the Analyzer Kit. However, the tool operates the same as the traditional Analyzer Kit, and training is included as part of all JLG factory training. In addition, e-learning for the Mobile Analyzer is currently under development and will be available through JLG University by the end of 2013.
For more information about the JLG Mobile Analyzer, please visit www.jlg.com/mobile-analyzer-app or talk with your JLG representative. For more information about JLG, visit the company's website at www.jlg.com.