It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Dean Sims, Sr.
Dean passed away on June 28, 2022.
Dean was a legendary and visionary entrepreneur, a beloved father and dedicated and loyal friend and colleague to many. He will be missed and fondly remembered for years to come.
The Company will receive visitors at Lone Palm Golf Club on Monday, July 11, 2022, between the hours of 3 pm and 6 pm.
Lone Palm Golf Club
800 Lone Palm Dr
Lakeland, FL 33815
The family has planned a service to celebrate Dean’s life on July 11, 2022. For further details please contact Sims Crane & Equipment Co. at 813-626-8102.
During the last two decades the average age of an American worker has increased by almost three years from 39.3 to 42, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This trend is even more apparent in the blue-collar industry with plumbers, electricians, and miners working well into their 40s, construction workers at 42.5 years and truck drivers at 48 years of age. A great amount of knowledge and experience accompany those who are older, but the risk of injury also increases with age.
American Cranes & Transport Magazine (ACT) recently visited this issue. Their article suggests that although most of these industries can inadvertently portray a “tough guy” image of their workers, injuries can be more serious for those who are older versus counterparts in their 20s and 30s and recovery take much longer. For example, research has shown that workers above age 50 are more likely to sustain fractures from common falls versus younger colleagues who only suffered bruises and sprains.
A high cost
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has determined the death rate for construction workers older than 55 years is 80 percent higher than those under 35 years. Additionally, the financial cost from a fall injury for workers over 45 can be triple that of those under age 30. The risk of pain medication addiction is also present.
Preserve this resource
An older work force is an asset to future generations because of their knowledge, experience, and commitment to the job. Since no age group is immune to injury, it’s important to remember these principles:
- No single job fits all workers
- Work quality is often more important than speed or quantity
- Sufficient training promotes a safer workplace
- Keep work areas clean and free of obstacles that can cause injuries
Finally, it’s important to have environments where older employees can utilize their knowledge and skills to provide meaningful work and contribute to the ongoing success of the company and industry.
Click here to read the entire story at ACT’s website. Image above courtesy of Pixabay.
June 7, 2022
The Florida Department of Transportation reminds motorists to slow down and practice caution when driving through work zones in the Sunshine State. This week is designated National Work Zone Awareness Week, a program that began in 1999. State agencies sponsor education and other initiatives to persuade drivers to put away all distractions and follow the speed limit in work zones.
Safety & mobility investments
Florida is spending over $12 billion on transportation investments in 2022. These changes will improve overall safety and mobility for everyone who drives on Florida’s highways. But those improvements cannot happen without the hard work of thousands of men and women on the scene.
A lot of the roadwork projects are done at night as an effort to reduce traffic congestion and inconvenience to drivers. But this puts workers at a higher risk of injury, especially in high-speed areas. Motorists can do their part by following these simple steps:
- Stay alert
- Slow down
- Avoid distractions
- Never tailgate, even when not driving in a work zone
- Change lanes carefully and always use turn signals
- Be prepared to stop if needed
During the period of 2017 through 2021 Florida saw 53,548 work zone-related collisions that included 376 fatalities and 1,904 severe injuries. FDOT Secretary Jared Perdue stated, “Work zone safety is everyone’s responsibility. Together, we can reach FDOT’s target of zero fatal crashes and serious injuries by staying alert, slowing down, and always being prepared to stop.”
Click here to read all the details at WFTV 9 Orlando’s website. Image above courtesy of WFTV.
April 14, 2022
Most people who live in the Tampa Bay area have driven over the Howard Frankland Bridge at least once. For many, the bridge is a vital part of the commute if they live in Tampa and work in St. Petersburg or vice versa. According to Florida Traffic Online, the Howard Frankland Bridge carries 3.5 times more traffic than the Gandy Bridge to the south and 2.5 times more traffic than the Courtney Campbell Causeway to the north. Freight trucks made up about 6% of its traffic in 2020; around 3,900 trucks in each direction every day. The steady increase in usage prompted construction of a new, larger span of the bridge which began in April 2020 at an estimated cost of $865 million. Construction is expected to be finished by late 2025.
A little bit of history
Tampa Businessman Howard Frankland proposed the original four-lane bridge (currently used as the northbound span) which was completed in April 1960 at a cost of $16 million. Modifications were made to improve safety, but by 1978 plans were in the works for a larger replacement. The decision to build a parallel bridge instead was reached in 1987 and construction began the following year. In 1990, the $54 million southbound section was opened and accommodated both directions of traffic while updates were made to the northbound span. In 1992, both spans opened and have remained in use to this day.
A labor-intensive process
Up to 250 workers at a time will be present during construction. A small ferry carries them to locations where the bridge pilings are installed. Large holes are drilled into the hard sedimentary rock (called chert), some of them extending 200 feet below the surface of the water. The rock’s toughness is more evident on the Hillsborough County side of the bay. Cranes use large hammers to drive pilings into the holes. Drilling takes place at night while most other construction happens during daylight hours. Over the next few months, beams will be placed followed by concrete poured for the bridge deck. Cement mixers will operate from the current bridge to reach the first half of the new bridge.
“Everything looks easier when you’re just watching from afar,” said Greg Deese, a Florida DOT engineer. “The logistics that it takes just to transport people to the work zone, to get materials, and also try to do this while not impacting traffic — it’s a very drawn out, very complex process that requires constant coordination.”
Beams will be placed starting late Spring 2022, followed by deck construction early Summer 2022.
- Project length is 6.4 miles
- 3,006 piles measure 40 miles end to end
- 1,727 beams measure 46 miles end to end
- More than 172,000 cubic yards of concrete
- More than 36,674,636 pounds of rebar
- Approximately 41% of all pilings for the bridge foundations have been driven
- Bridge footings – 95 of 549 have been constructed
- Bridge columns – 80 of 549 have been completed
- Bridge pier caps – 26 of 226 have been completed
Information courtesy of Tampa Bay Business Journal, click here for the complete story. Additional details found at WFLA’s website here. Information about the bridge’s history can be read here. Image above courtesy of Wikipedia.
February 17, 2022