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Keeping Utility Contractors Safe

Keeping Utility Contractors Safe

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When working below ground-level, safety is a top concern. Dirt doesn’t really have a conscious, and it won’t care if people are in a trench when it decides to cave in. That’s why trench safety equipment is more important than the job itself, and companies like National Trench Safety (NTS) have dedicated time, equipment and money to the cause.

The Right Size

The Right Size

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Over the past decade, there’s been a surge in the popularity of compact excavators. These small, but mighty machines deliver strong performance in a compact package, which has made them a favorite among utility contractors.

Down with Downtime

Down with Downtime

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Even with easy-to-access maintenance features, a compact excavator that is running a large job or project will unfortunately often miss routine maintenance checks. All maintenance is important for extending the life and integrity of a machine, and there are a few routine procedures that should never fall to the wayside — no matter how busy the job.

Beyond Compliance

Beyond Compliance

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Safe work is efficient work and efficient work is profitable work. Any contractor who’s been around the track a few times knows that these statements are true. The “P&L effect” of a safe work environment, and the importance of OSHA compliance, are equally good reasons to choose the most effective training program for your workers.

The Big Three

The Big Three

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In 1978, the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) mandated the use of a trench protection system for all excavations deeper than 5 ft. And 35 years later, trench safety is just as important with protection systems being used on jobsites all across the country.

McElroy Reports on Success of Certified McElroy Rental Program

McElroy Reports on Success of Certified McElroy Rental Program

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McElroy, a leading manufacturer of pipe fusion equipment, is celebrating the success of the Certified McElroy Rental Program. Certified McElroy rental machines undergo a rigorous checklist and regimen by participating McElroy distributors in order to provide customers with the most reliable fusion machine rentals in the marketplace.

Taking a Safe Approach

Taking a Safe Approach

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On the jobsite, safety is not a choice — it’s a priority. Adhering to proper safety procedures during a project helps to ensure that everyone gets home unharmed after the day is done. By developing structured safety programs and reinforcing safe practices to employees, companies can be rest assured that their crews are prepared for whatever a job may throw at them.

Tips of the Trade

Tips of the Trade

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When you are checking competitive excavator specs, make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Manufacturers will publish lift capacities with or without a bucket. If you are comparing excavators, the excavator with no bucket weight will have a lopsided view in lift capacity as opposed to the excavator that has a bucket.