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Lightning Season Is Approaching, How Do We Protect Ourselves?

With lightning season approaching, it is best to learn and understand the safety regulations that regards to lightning. Lightning is a dangerous, spontaneous, and wild thing. Understanding what the proper procedures are and how to apply them is very important. Here are a couple things we should be most concerned about. When to suspend operations, how do we protect the equipment, and most importantly how do we protect ourselves.

Knowing when to suspend crane operations at the right time can save equipment and/or save lives. As mentioned lightning is very spontaneous, it is impossible to predict where and when the next strike will be. Although, you can tell how far the lightning is away from the jobsite. There are products out on the market that can tell you if there is lighting in the area. Also, there are numerous apps found on the apple app store as well as the google play store for your smartphone device. They will notify you when lighting is near. A good rule to follow is if thunder can be heard, get into cover. It is said if you can hear thunder you are close enough to get struck. As well, can you see any lightning strikes. Lastly, if your detector indicates that lightning is within 10 miles around you, all crane operations must be suspended until 30 minutes has passed since the last strike.      

If we do encounter a lightning storm, how do we protect our equipment? While equipment can be replaced if struck, I believe most of us do not want the bill that comes with it. For best practices if lightning is within 10 miles of the jobsite, the load should be landed, the boom should be lowered, and all electronics should be turned off. From this point, everyone should avoid standing around the crane. While the situation has been made safer it is still important that nobody has contact with the crane itself.

Lastly, the most important thing is making sure everyone is safe. While mentioned above equipment can be replaced, someone’s life cannot. After the load has been landed and the crane boom lowered. Everyone should head to shelter. Per NOAA, it is recommended that during a lightning storm people should take shelter in a well, fully enclosed facility. Again, the suspension should remain until it has been at least 30 minutes since the last strike.

Lightning is a serious matter. It is estimated that 24,000 people die from lightning each year. To learn more about how to protect your equipment and yourself from lightning strikes. Check out our YouTube Channel.

Understanding the Importance of Asking “Why?”

As kids, we were told to not ask “why?” but to just do. This is the complete opposite when it comes to the safety on a job site. Knowing why an accident, incident, or near miss occurred. Per the basics of project management learning from failure or preferably learning without failure is a crucial component to building capability and competence.

What is the difference between accident, incident, and near miss. Accident is defined as an unplanned event that results in personal injury or property damage. We all do our best to avoid accidents at all costs. Unfortunately, accidents still occur on jobsites. To prevent the same accidents or relatable accidents from occurring we must ask “why?”. Asking why can uncover problems that may have been easily missed and caused the accident. For example, was improper rigging used, was the rigging not inspected properly or even at all, did the operator have a personal issue in his/her life which affected their concentration at work, etc. These are all probable catalysts to causing an accident.  

An incident is an unplanned event that does not result in personal injury but may result in property damage or is worthy of recording. While this category does not involve a catastrophic failure it still involves a failure. Again asking “why?” is vital even with this type of scenario. There is nothing more important than having a safe workplace. Understanding what caused the incident to occur in the first place can only be solved by asking WHY did this incident occur.

Lastly, we have near miss. Which is an event that does not result in an injury or damage. While no injuries or damages occurred, it is still important to ask why. As mentioned earlier it is understood that learning from our failures is very important but learning without failure is even better. With this situation, we did not technically have a failure but it should be treated as one. An individual should step back review it and ask themselves why did we have a near miss. Catastrophic failures can ruin companies no matter the size, so if we can learn from situations like these the better off we are.

Never be afraid to ask questions. There is no such thing as a dumb question. Especially when the question is why. If one is unsure of what is going on the more likely a failure will occur. If someone asks a question don’t ever tell them they have a dumb question. Be happy to answer and explain whatever the question may be. Keep it safe.

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Understanding the Center of Gravity to a Mobile Crane

Understanding the Center of Gravity to a Mobile Crane
With mobile cranes, there are three basic components that has individual center of gravity points. We have the Superstructure, carrier and boom. Each of these components have their own center of gravity. Depending on how each piece lays they can affect the others center of gravity. Let’s breakdown each component and see what it does.

Superstructure
     The superstructure also known as the upper structure is the revolving frame which holds the operators cab. Usually the upper structure supports the counter weights on rear, then the boom and/or other attachments on the front. With this component, no matter the position of the crane the center of gravity will always remain the same.

Carrier
     The carrier also known as the carbody is the under carriage of the crane. Dependent on the type the carrier usually holds the carrier cab, wheels/tracks, outriggers, etc. It is manufactured for transporting the superstructure. Unlike the superstructure where the center of gravity will always remain the same. The center of gravity will vary on the carrier. This is reliant on the location of the direction of the boom. For example, when the boom is over the rear axles the center of gravity will be forward of the rear axles. If the boom is perpendicular to the carrier the center of gravity will be center of the carrier’s width.

Boom
      The last component to keep in mind is the boom. Just like the other components it as well has a center of gravity to keep in mind. The center of gravity can be affected depending if you are increasing or decreasing the length of the boom. Unless, one is using a lattice boom in the case of this the center of gravity will remain the same until a jib or other ancillary items is added.
      The boom is a common suspect to tipping accidents. Let me explain, when we apply boom angles. As the boom raises or lowers through an arc, the booms center of gravity is moves towards or away from the tipping axis. When the movement of a hydraulic boom is combined with the movement through the arc, we have encouraged a tipping accident.

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Part 3: Mobile Crane Stability – Taking the Crane Apart. (2017, October                 30). Retrieved from CraneTech

 

Crane Tipping Accidents Caused by Small Loads?

When we hear about a crane tipping over we often automatically assume that it was caused by lifting an object heavier than what the crane can endure. However, crane tipping accidents frequently occur with loads below the threshold of the crane.

For example, Crane Tech posted an article about a mobile crane tipping over from only a couple hundred-pound electric motor.  What caused the crane accident?  The crane operator failed to fully extend the crane outriggers properly to the fully extended position during crane setup.  According to Crane Tech, “the length of the boom or the boom angle being too low” may also contribute to the occurrence of the accident.  Either way, avoid this crane accident from happening on your job site by following the proper setup procedures and creating a thorough crane lift plan when necessary.

Here are some quick tips for setting up the crane prior to making any crane lift:

  • Check the access to the work area with special attention to ground conditions and overhead obstructions.
  • Use adequate matting and confirm outriggers are properly extended.
  • Double check the configuration of the crane noting the boom length, counter-weights and boom configuration.
  • Confirm the radius and net load weight and compare to the load chart provided in the crane.

Whether the job consists of lifting a couple tons or lifting a couple hundred pounds the mind set should always be the same. Always ask questions before a crane lift.  

  • Is the crane operator certified and qualified?  
  • What is the expected outcome from this lift?  
  • What might go wrong and how can we avoid these problems?  

These are only a few of the keys questions for a successful crane lift.

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Emotions is the Overlooked Leader to Distractions

Put Your Junk In The Trunk – Emotional Distractions

Original Post: Crane Tech

Author: Crane Tech Blogger

Distractions are known as the leading causes to accidents on jobsites. For example, someone is reading a text, tweeting about last night’s party, or talking on the phone with a loved one. Any of these examples are quite common causes for accidents. Although, there tends to be a different reason people get distracted that manages to be overlooked.

Emotions cause big distractions. How many times have you caught yourself doing a task at work then all of a sudden you fall into a day dream about something completely different? It happens to all of us, thinking about a loved one in the hospital, financial issues, personal medical issues, we can go on and on with it. As it is easier said than done, we have to learn to put these emotions aside and work safely and efficiently throughout the day. Our fellow workmates lives are in each other’s hands. For example, if Bob the hand signal guy is thinking about how he is going to feed his family for the next week and guides Joe the crane operator into power lines

that he is unable to see. Bob just put Joe and possibly other people’s lives in danger.

As that was only one scenario, it shows that a simple task can go completely wrong due to our emotions getting in the way. Best practice is to learn to leave these emotions in the truck before stepping onto the jobsite and pick them back up at the end of the day. Remember safety is the key task that should be on everyone’s mind.

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Key Questions for an Impervious Lift Plan

5 Key Questions for Developing a Sound Lift Plan

Original Post: Travelers.com

Author: Travelers Blogger

Crane lifts can be one of the most dangerous tasks happening on the construction job site. In best practices, it can also be one of the safest. To begin, it all starts with a solid lift plan.  Here are a few key questions you can ask yourself to get started preparing a crane lift plan.

1.       What do you expect to happen?

In your mind how do you see the lift happening?  Consider which direction the crane might swing and move as the lift is made and remember to plan your access route in and out.  Visualizing the lift before it even happens can really put you ahead of the game.

2.       What might go wrong or interfere with the crane lift?

An infinite amount of things can go wrong during a crane lift.  If you can think ahead it is entirely possible to prevent a lot of them. Things to keep in mind when planning a crane lift include the weather, power lines or ground conditions.  Will there be excessive wind or lightning, and who will be responsible for monitoring those conditions?  Are power lines near the work area and what is the known voltage?  Does the ground need soil testing and are there any buried utilities?  

All of these topics have been covered by Sims Crane on our YouTube Channel.

3.       What is the likelihood that something might go wrong?

This question ties with the second question.  Lack of experience or training will increase the likelihood of something going wrong.  Always be sure all of your crew members on the job have the proper certification to perform the tasks they are about to do.  It is also very important to share any lift planning, critical tasks and job hazard analysis with every member of the work crew.

4.       What are the consequences if something goes wrong?

Always be aware of the consequences if something does go wrong. OSHA fines these days are only getting bigger and that is something you don’t want added to the bill.  The most important part of the lift plan is the safety of all the men and women around the job site. Their lives come first.  The main task at hand every day is that everyone gets to go home safely.

5.      Does everything in your lift plan seem solid?

This question is made to recap everything you have gone over to be sure you will have a solid lift plan.  This could possibly be the most important question because it gives you the chance to go back and make sure you did everything correctly.  Always be sure to confirm measurements and calculations more than once; trust and verify the information provided by others by measuring again for yourself.

No matter the difficulty or type of crane lift, always keep these questions in mind. If you can learn how to apply these questions and ask the right questions to identify new hazards, you will always maintain a safe job site.

 

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Construction Tool? Contractors Among Top Drone Users

FAA: Smaller Contractors Using Construction Drones the Most

Original Post:  ConstructionEquipmentGuide.com

Author:  GILES LAMBERSTON – CEG BLOGGER

Are drones becoming known as a construction tool? In a recent report from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shows that the agency is systematically issuing exemptions to applicants so that they can fly drones without being flagged for encroaching on public airspace. It is shown that the FAA has issued more than 3,100 of what is known as the Section 333 exemptions, which about 1,500 of them have gone to construction-related applicants.

The agency stated that construction firms booking less than a million in annual business volume and employing fewer than ten employees so far account for about 90 percent of the FAA’s exemptions. Which so far proves that drones are being seen as everyday-project tools by smaller contractors.

So far most of the work that is being done by drones have been site inspections and similar eye-in-the-sky assignments. Although, between technology and pilots are pushing drones to the next level. For example, one innovator is working on a paint drone so people do not have to get on ladders for second story painting.

It has been said that a team of three four-prop synchronizing drones have assembled a rope bridge. It would not be a surprise if we start to see drones being able to lift more heavy based material to roof tops. Is it possible that we might start seeing “drone crews” well so far the question has been unanswered but it could be plausible in the next few years.

For more on this article visit: http://www.constructionequipmentguide.com/faa-smaller-contractors-using-construction-drones-the-most/29103

 

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Can a Crane be Compared to a Car?

When it comes to the summer time we mostly think about and plan family road trips. Usually before getting on the road, we would typically have the car inspected and maintenance. Well cranes actually should be no different, let me explain. Crane operators should be completing a pre-shift inspection already. However, when it comes time for the annual inspection, this is something you should pass over to a qualified inspector who has the knowledge and skills to perform a broad inspection of the entire crane.

Which same goes for the car, anyone can check their oil or make sure they have enough air in the tires. But, when it’s time for that annual maintenance the car is taken to a shop. NOBODY wants their car worked on by just anyone, it’s always reassuring knowing that a well-qualified mechanic is taking care of you. This should be no different for the crane. Every time you have your crane worked on ask yourself these questions. Were they trained to be an inspector? When was the last time they attended training? Do they have the experience to complete a thorough inspection? Are they up to date with all of the safety regulations and standards, such as OSHA, ASME, or ANSI? These are just the very basic questions you should asking.

The inspection shouldn’t be done quickly nor cheaply. The life’s around you on the job site depend on that crane being safe and working properly. Think about your family car would you let your family get into a car that hasn’t been inspected or maintenance in years? As we can see cranes really are just like our own personal cars. They should be treated, maintenance, and thought about just like it was the family car.

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Does New Gear Equal Perfect Gear?

Everyone loves new gear, who doesn’t? The real question to ask though, is new gear perfect gear? Well, it is new so that should mean it’s perfect. Sadly, that assumption may not be the smart one. Every time you receive new equipment you should take the time to inspect it. According to 2015 Top Professional Trainer, Jeff Ellis, “In my career I’ve seen 80% of new slings pass a good initial inspection process, leaving about a 20% issue rate.” Here are some of the issues you need to watch out for when receiving new gear. Equipment not properly marked, receiving equipment that you did not order, and damaged gear.

As mentioned in our previous blog post Less Assuming, More Doing, equipment not properly marked can be a life threating mistake. For example, you receive a brand new sling and assume that because it is new it’s a perfect sling. Well, unfortunately a rigger grabs the sling that is nylon although you ordered a polyester one but who knows it’s not properly labeled. Anyways, he goes and uses this nylon sling around acid based vapors and makes a critical crane lift. Well, because the sling is nylon the acidic vapors will eat right through the material which could cause you to drop the load. Remember ASME and OSHA require that all slings are properly labeled. ASME b30.9-5.7.1(d) and OSHA 1910.184(I)(1)

The first topic also touched base with this topic, receiving equipment you did not order. You order and receive 25 6’ web slings and look at them in the package. Again assuming that its perfect and exactly what you order. They have tags on them stating that they are 6’ so they’re good. Not taking them out of the box is a mistake. Just because that tag states they are 6’ doesn’t mean they 6’, you need to pull them out of the box and measure every single one of them. If you do happen to find one that is not 6’ this is the perfect time to call the company, you ordered from and have them replace it. It’s better to find this out now instead of when it’s too late to return them.

The last topic is new gear damaged. Seems odd that brand new gear would be damaged but it can and does happen whether it’s manufacture error or human error. For example, your shipment of gear comes in to receiving and because no one knows what’s in the box, it is opened with a razor knife, that accidently cuts thru the plastic packaging and into the synthetic sling. The slight cut gets ignored and the sling moves on to the rigger which then sends the sling to the floor. Even though it is new, the sling has already been compromised before it has even been used and will introduce unnecessary risk into the workplace.

As you can see brand new gear is not always perfect, whether its manufacture error or human error. Always take your equipment seriously and always inspect your new gear before you send it to the floor. If you would like to learn more about jobsite safety check out our safety videos on YouTube at SimsCrane.

Less Assuming, More Doing

When you use your rigging gear or any gear for that matter do you just assume that it is in perfect shape just because it is new? Well, sadly we cannot look at it that way. Safety is requiring everyone to start assuming less and hold your contractors and vendors to a higher standard. Crane Tech came across a serious issue during one of their training sessions for rigging. Let me explain.

The issue they came across was a sling was not properly tagged. For the ones who don’t know ASME and OSHA have very strict requirements on how the slings are tagged.

  •          ASME B30.9-5.7.1(d) Identification Requirements. Type of synthetic web material.
  •          OSHA 1910.184(I)(1) Sling identification. Each sling shall be marked or coded to show the rated capacities for each type of hitch and type of synthetic web material.

Now that we know what the requirements are for slings, let’s go over what the slings tag had or didn’t have. When the Crane Tech instructor was instructing the course he noticed a key piece of information was missing from the synthetic sling tag. The unfortunate part of this is the company that makes the sling advertises on their website as “one of the leading brands of synthetic slings that uses better quality materials, better consistency in manufacturing and better quality controls.” Even though they advertise this you should still inspect all of your gear. When the instructor looked down at the tag he quickly noticed that the material of the sling was not noted on the slings tag. Why is this important you may ask? If you were to use a sling made from nylon and used that sling around acid vapors or various chemicals that sling would deteriorate.

Now let’s talk about inspections. When you receive and brand new sling it must go through an inspection before it can be used. This particular sling anyone would assume it had been through an initial quality control check, as the sling had been tagged with the appropriate colored zip-tie, marking it as being under current periodic inspection. Thus, the sling is safe to use. Now how did the sling with missing information on the tag get past the inspector? Whatever the reason may possibly be we need to use this as a lesson always double check our equipment and be sure to use well qualified person.

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Qualified and Un-Qualified Signalpersons

Over half the people in the craning industry are not actually qualified signalpersons. Is it because of lack of knowledge about the requirement? Is it because employers don’t know what a qualified signal person should know? Or, is it because employers are not sure how to qualify a signal person? These are the questions Bo from Crane Tech asked himself when he noticed over half the employees were not a qualified signalperson.  

Answering the question “Is it because of lack of knowledge about the requirement?” According to OSHA 1926.1419 requires a qualified signalperson in the following situations:

  •          The operator does not have a full view of the point of operation
  •          The operator’s view is obstructed in the direction that the equipment is moving
  •         The operator or the person handling the load feels that a signalperson is needed
  •          Anytime there are site-specific safety concerns

All of this information can be found right on OSHA’s website. If you ever have any concerns about a jobsite task refer to their website. www.OSHA.gov.

Next question “Is it because employers don’t know what a qualified signal person should know?” According to OSHA 1926.1428, a signal person must:

  •          Know and understand the type of signals used (the preferred method is outlined Appendix A of the standard).
  •         Display a competent use of these signals
  •         Understand crane dynamics including those involving swinging, raising lowering, stopping loads and boom deflection
  •         Know and understand relevant requirements of OSHA 1926 Subpart CC.
  •         Must pass on oral or written test as well as a practical test

Once again you can find all of this information on OSHA’s website. Everything you ever need to know you can find all on the OSHA website which is available free to the public at any time.

Question number three “Is it because employers are not sure how to qualify a signal person?” this question is even easier to answer. According to OSHA, employers have the responsibility to make sure that employees meet the qualification requirements. There are two ways that an employer can ensure a signal person is qualified. One, Third Party Qualified Evaluator –  use a company such as Crane Tech to provide training and testing of your employees. Two, Employer’s Qualified Evaluator – attend Crane Tech’s Train-the-Trainer program and use those materials to train and test your employees directly.

At the jobsite the Employer is required to make documentation of the qualification available in either paper or electronic form. The documentation must list each specific type of signaling for which the worker is qualified such as hand signals or radio signals.

If you would like to learn more about proper hand signals refer to our YouTube Channel (Sims Crane).  

Asking the Proper Questions Before a Crane Lift

When a crane operator arrives at a jobsite, asking the right questions and communicating with others will help everyone be more prepared. Such as, who is the lift director, what are their requirements for PPE, jobsite specific rules, moving with or without a spotter, recognizing hazards, and etc.

Asking these questions is greatly more important than many may think. For example, say a job is going to require you to make a crane lift and place an item on the other side of an energized powerline. You need to ask “Are we going to be going under the powerlines or around the powerlines?” The next question needs to be “Will I have a spotter for this crane lift?” If the answer is, “No, you will not have a spotter,” and the lift is going to be in a place that you may have a difficult time seeing, you need to address the controlling entity and let them know you believe you need a spotter for this crane lift. Working mobile cranes around energized powerlines is a dangerous job. (You can learn more about that by watching this episode of Sims Crane Minute)

I have another example for you, say you are working in a rough terrain environment and you know you will be making an extremely heavy crane lift. One of the first questions you need to ask is “Have you had the ground tested?” It is extremely important you have the ground tested before you set up the outriggers on the mobile crane. Why? Well, the ground you are working on could have a sink hole forming underneath and now you set up an outrigger on top of it. Everything seems fine until you make your lift and now your outrigger arm is sinking. Now your crane has flipped over and possibly injured, or worse case, killed someone.

As you can you see asking the right questions can surely change how safe your job really is. So always remember when you arrive to the jobsite, before you make a crnae lift, find out who is the controlling entity and then ask all of the proper questions. If you would like to learn more about jobsite safety for construction cranes check out our YouTube Channel (SimsCrane).

Becoming the Largest Tadano ATF Crane Owner in N.A.

Sims Crane recently received 17 Tadano all terrain cranes, which put Sims Crane & Equipment as the largest Tadano all terrain crane owner in North America. In 2015, Sims Crane purchased 29 Tadano all terrain and rough terrain cranes.

“Why?” You may ask. Well, “Sims Crane is committed to investing in the best possible equipment to support the construction industry in Florida.” Said Dean Sims II. Tadano is recognized as a technology leader in the crane industry, offering state-of-the-art operating systems and field proven design features.

According to Tadanos Vice President of Sales Ron Dogotch, “Tadano’s ability to manufacture and support safe, quality and efficient cranes complements Sims commitment of providing the best possible equipment to their customers.”

Sims Crane’s Tadano acquisitions in 2015 have included:

  • Eight all-terrain ATF 70G cranes
  • Two all-terrain ATF 100G cranes
  • Four all-terrain ATF 130G cranes
  • One all-terrain ATF 180G cranes
  • Two all-terrain ATF 220G cranes
  • Two rough-terrain GR-1000XL cranes
  • Four rough-terrain GR-550XL cranes
  • Six rough-terrain GR-750XL cranes

We expect to see even more Tadano equipment being spread all throughout Sims Crane.

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Ground Conditions (1926.1402)

In 1926.1402, it defines ground conditions as the ability of the ground to support the equipment (including slope, compaction, and firmness). 1926.1402 goes on to state that the equipment must not be assembled or used unless ground conditions are firm, drained, and graded to a sufficient extent so that, in conjunction (if necessary) with the use of supporting materials, the equipment manufacturer’s specifications for adequate support and degree of level of the equipment are met. One point to also note is that 1926.1402 also puts the responsibility of ground conditions on the controlling entity and if there is no controlling entity then ground condition requirements must then be met by the employer that has authority to make or arrange for ground preparations needed for safe operation of the crane.

           Another important role performed by the controlling entity is to inform the operator and the user of the crane of hazards that could be underneath the crane. Such as, voids, utilities (piping, sewer lines, etc.), or underground parking garages. Not knowing the locations of these hazards can cause serious injuries.   

            Although the controlling entity has the responsibility for ground conditions, if the crane operator believes that, the current ground conditions are not safe for operation. He or she has the authority to halt the current lift until a qualified person states otherwise. (1926.1418)

            Always think safety before performing any lift, no matter the size or object. Remember ground conditions are just as important as any other factor while on the job site. We hope you take safety as serious as we do; a successful job is a safe job.

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Safety Tip | Tripping and Slipping Hazards

Slipping and tripping is one of the easiest ways to get hurt on the job site. It happens more often than it should. Although, it is one of the easiest hazards to prevent. There are a couple factors to consider, for example, you have design and maintenance, aware of your surroundings, and housekeeping.

            Design and maintenance is one of the key factors to job site safety. When laying out your job site keep in mind is there, going to be large objects moved through a particular areas or is there going to be heavy foot traffic in an area. These are just the minor things to consider. A successful job is a safe job.

            Another very important tip is be aware of your surroundings. If you are working on high-level floors, you need to be especially 100% aware of what is going on around you. If you are working near an edge pay attention to how far the ledge actually is. Are you a step from it or 10 steps from it? It does not take long for you to be on the 10th floor and end up on the 1st.  

            Lastly, this may be the easiest solution to take to help prevent tripping or slipping. Housekeeping is crucial on a job site. If you are done with a tool or piece of material. Put it away in the proper location. In many cases, a person trips or slips on the job site from improper housekeeping. If your job site has been experiences improper housekeeping, spend some time at the end of the workday to pick it up. Then from that point forward, when your down with an item just put it away and you will not have to spend an hour or more at the end of the workday cleaning up.

            Remember a successful job is a safe job. So take the initiative and help create your job a safe job. At Sims Crane & Equipment, we keep safety in the front of our minds every day. We hope you take safety as important as we do.

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