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February 14, 2018 - Industry News

Boom Truck Market Expected to Cross $500M by 2024

Photo of a boom truck via Pixabay

According to a new report, the market for boom and bucket trucks is expected to exceed $500 million by 2024 due to steady demand from utility, electrical contracting, signage, and lighting applications.

Tags: Industry Research, Utility Fleets, Construction Fleets, Boom Trucks, Telecommunications Fleets

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Electrician Injured After Bucket Truck is Hit

Photo of a bucket truck via Flickr/Steve Snodgrass

According to police, the electrician, who was working on a traffic light 20 feet above ground, could have sustained serious injuries if he was not wearing a harness attached to the bucket.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Bucket Trucks, Safety

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Baltimore Gas & Electric to Test Drones

Photo of a drone in flight via Pexels

Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) will test the use of drones for power line inspections. Currently, inspections are conducted by BGE workers that have to climb poles or use binoculars.

Tags: Pilot Program, Utility Fleets, Baltimore Gas and Electric, Drones

February 10, 2018 - Press Release

Elliott Equipment Company Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Elliott products enjoyed early adoption by electrical contractors and utilities, as post-war America constructed its electrical grid. (Photo: Elliott Equipment Company)

Elliott Equipment Company, a leading manufacturer of truck mounted material handling work platforms, cranes, and digger derricks is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2018.

Tags: Anniversaries, Digger Derricks, Oil & Gas Fleets, Elliott Equipment

February 8, 2018 - Press Release

Terex Sales Meeting Includes Community Service

Dan Horton and Sue Perkins from Terex delivered 100 hygiene kits to Boysville in January. Photo courtesy of Terex

During the company's annual sales meeting in Texas, Terex team members donated bicycles and hygiene kits to two local organizations that serve at-risk youth.

Tags: Terex

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

Pavement Recycling Systems Names Fleet Operations Manager

Turner

Chris Turner was named manager of fleet operations for Pavement Recycling Systems, Inc., headquartered in Jurupa Valley, Calif.

Tags: New Hire, Maintenance Management

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Altec Recalls Cranes for Load Control

Image courtesy of NHTSA.

Set to begin Feb. 15, the recall covers 122 Altec AC40-152S cranes in the 2014 to 2017 model years.

Tags: Recalls, Utility Fleets, NHTSA, Cranes, Safety, Altec Industries

January 29, 2018 - Industry News

PG&E Targets Medium- and Heavy-Duty Electrification

Photo via public domain

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) aims to support widespread EV adoption for medium- to heavy-duty vehicles by developing four new pilot projects aimed at fleet and residential customers.

Tags: PG&E, Alternative Fuels, Electric Vehicles

January 29, 2018 - Industry News

PSE&G Recognized for Grid Upgrades to Improve Resiliency

Photo of PSE&G utility poles and solar panels via Mr. Matté/Wikimedia

After Superstorm Sandy, N.J.-based Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSE&G) made significant upgrades to make sure it can stand up to natural disasters more effectively and respond to outages more quickly.

Tags: Recognition, PSE&G, Smart Grid

January 26, 2018 - Industry News

Study Emphasizes Importance of Modernizing Utilities

Photo via Trekphiler/Wikimedia

The Rocky Mountain Institute says achieving affordable, universal energy supply and grid reliability will become even more important as electricity becomes more central to the economy and to other energy sectors.

Tags: Utility Fleets

January 26, 2018 - Industry News

Electric Utilities Send Reinforcements to Puerto Rico

Photo courtesy of PPL Electric Utilities

Electric utilities have sent workers and equipment to Puerto Rico to meet mutual aid agreements. The plan to send assistance was first announced in late December 2017.

Tags: PPL Electric Utilities, Puerto Rico, Edison Electric Institute, Ameren, Southern Company

January 23, 2018 - Press Release

Terex Opens Registration for Service Training

Registration is now open for the 2018 Terex Utilities Factory Service training school, held June 12-14 in Watertown, S.D. The courses offered will cover digger derricks, aerials, and pressure diggers.

Tags: Training, Terex, Utility Fleets, Employee Service Training

January 15, 2018 - Industry News

Utilities Recognized for Emergency Response Efforts

Photo via Wikimedia/public domain

The Edison Electric Institute, which represents investor-owned electric utilities, presented awards to member organizations for their emergency response efforts in 2017.

Tags: Recognition, DTE Energy, FirstEnergy, Storm Response, Edison Electric Institute

January 12, 2018 - Press Release

Utility Conducts Study of Electric Vehicles

Photo courtesy of Salt River Project

The goal of the Salt River Project's study is to determine what impact the increase in energy consumption will have on the grid as more chargers are installed in homes and businesses to meet demand.

Tags: Electric Vehicles, Salt River Project

January 12, 2018 - Press Release

Calif. Utilities Approve $41M for EV Pilots

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CPUC approved 15 pilot projects to boost electric vehicle adoption, including the electrification of school buses, delivery trucks, airport/seaport equipment, truck stops, and commuter locations.

Tags: PG&E, California, Southern California Edison, Pilot Program, Electric Vehicles, SDG&E

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Terex Utilities Announces Network of Electric Utility Contractors

Terex Utilities announced an expanded relationship with Utility One Source, which complements its existing network of distribution and rental partners offering comprehensive services to electric utilities.

Tags: Terex, Utility One Source, Independent Contractors, Utility Fleets

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

AEV Technologies Unveils Electric Truck

Image of 411 electric utility vehicle courtesy of AEV Technologies.

AEV Technologies, Inc., designer and manufacturer of compact, emissions-free vehicles for urban commercial markets, unveiled its new assembled in the U.S.A., all-electric vehicle lineup at CES Las Vegas.

Tags: Utility Vehicle, Utility Fleets, Urban Mobility, AEV Technologies, 411, 511

January 1, 2018 - Industry News

Versalift Boosts Production After a Year of Natural Disasters

Photo courtesy of Versalift

This year was exceptionally challenging, with storms and fires hitting multiple population centers. Versalift is increasing production of its bucket trucks, digger derricks, and cable placers to meet demand.

Tags: Natural Disaster, Bucket Trucks, Versalift

January 1, 2018 - Industry News

Electric Utilities Send 1,500 Additional Workers to Puerto Rico

Utilities began shipping additional vehicles and equipment last week, which are being transported via barge. Photo courtesy of PPL

Electric companies are shipping out equipment and vehicles now, and workers are scheduled to begin work in mid-January. With this addition, there will be more than 5,500 workers in Puerto Rico.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria

January 1, 2018 - Industry News

DTE Energy Names Director of Southeast Michigan Gas Operations

Johnson

Mark Johnson leads a team at DTE Gas responsible for maintenance and repair of the natural gas distribution system in Southeastern Michigan.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Promotions

December 29, 2017 - Industry News

The Top 5 Utility Fleet Stories of 2017

We've compiled a list of the most popular utility fleet stories on worktruckonline.com in 2017. Bucket truck safety tops the list, but readers were also interested in vehicle misuse and new models.

December 29, 2017 - Press Release

Terex Ships Auger Drill to Antarctica for Scientific Research

Terex Utilities shipped a Model 330 Auger Drill to Leidos, a California-based contractor working for the National Science Foundation in Antarctica. The drill features a unique mounting configuration and numerous insulation and heating modifications to operate in the extreme environment.

Tags: Terex, Utility Fleets, Auger Drills

December 29, 2017 - Press Release

Maintainer Completes Plant Expansion

The 7,800-square-foot addition was prompted in response to increased demand for Maintainer’s line of mechanics trucks, lube trucks, and cranes.

Tags: Maintainer, Utility Fleets

December 18, 2017 - Industry News

Canadian Utility Grounds Helicopters After Crash

Hydro One, one of the largest electric utilities in Canada, grounded its helicopter fleet after four workers crashed while completing work on a transmission tower. Helicopters will remain grounded until the cause of the crash is determined.

Tags: Fatal Accidents, Utility Fleets, Helicopter, Electric Utility

December 18, 2017 - Press Release

Crane Industry Services Offers Crane Operator Evaluations

Excerpt from a sample evaluation courtesy of Crane Industry Services

Qualified Crane Operator Evaluations give employers valuable insights not available in certification testing by identifying specific operator strengths and skills that need to be improved.

Tags: Training, Utility Fleets, Cranes

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