GPS grading tools provide significant jumps in productivity — allowing users to accomplish grading tasks faster with lower material usage, fewer personnel and better control of material costs. Changes over the last few years include fully automated grading, more new machines with GPS pre-installed and aftermarket installations becoming more commonplace.
Faulty workmanship is a risk that specialty contractors, such as utility and excavation contractors, face with each project they take on. Problems can come from a variety of factors and often take years to arise. For this reason, utility and excavation contractors need insurance coverages built for their unique exposures.
Derrick Pursley, an HDD drill operator and Texas native, was crowned Vermeer’s Ultimate Operator during the opening day of ICUEE in Louisville, Ky. Pursley’s recognition as the Ultimate Operator is the culmination of the yearlong Navigator Nation campaign from Vermeer that celebrates and honors HDD operators.
Tier 4 mandates are a hot topic of conversation everywhere from the halls of equipment dealers right out to the jobs where you work every day. There’s a lot of information to digest, but it’s important to know that, based on equipment type and style, there are certain Tier 4 solutions that make the most sense for each type of machine.
Safety is the No. 1 priority on the job and Caterpillar is getting out that message. The company recently introduced Speak Up!/Listen Up! for Construction, a new safety training tool customized for the construction industry and developed in collaboration with 16 of the world’s leading contractors including Atkinson Construction, Bechtel Corp. and Kiewit Corp.