Back in 1973, a group of utility contractors concerned about the lack of unity in the underground utility construction industry in Rhode Island came together to discuss their options. The Utility Contractors Association of Rhode Island was born, and the group was officially named the state chapter of NUCA the following year.
How effective are your equipment inspections? In a perfect world, equipment operators should be inspecting their equipment each day before using it — but do they actually perform this very important task? Daily inspections are not only essential to the life of the machine, but also for the safety of the operator and the crew.
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.
In partnership with RDO Equipment Co., John Deere is expanding its C&F Tech initiative to include North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) in Wahpeton, N.D. The John Deere dealer technician job training program is a two-year associate’s degree that enables students to troubleshoot, service, repair and rebuild diesel equipment used by customers nationwide.
Sometimes a contractor’s projects don’t follow a typical 9-to-5 schedule. When work spills over into the evening, a crew needs the right equipment — such as light towers — to stay productive and meet deadlines.Built with a standard 30-ft mast, these sturdy machines lend a hand in illuminating construction sites, mining locales, disaster and emergency response areas and special events when a little extra light is needed for work to continue.
A Marine Corps veteran who served in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom will soon be moving from Spartanburg, S.C., to a new home in Denver, N.C., thanks to the efforts of Purple Heart Homes, volunteering organizations like Doosan Portable Power and community members who have come together to create a community of new homes for service-disabled veterans.