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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

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 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 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 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

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 - 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

December 18, 2017 - Industry News

How One Utility Responded to the California Wildfires

Photo courtesy of SDG&E

San Diego Gas & Electric in California has brought in a helitanker with the equivalent capacity of five fire trucks, staged crews in areas at risk of high winds, and increased trucks and staff on the ground.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Natural Disaster, SDG&E

December 15, 2017 - Industry News

Electric Utilities Send Teams to Puerto Rico

Photo: public domain/U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The electric power industry deployed a contingent of seven incident management teams (IMTs) to Puerto Rico to support ongoing power restoration efforts across the island.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Natural Disaster, Puerto Rico, Edison Electric Institute, Hurricane Maria

December 14, 2017 - Press Release

JLG Launches Site to Explain Changing ANSI Standards

ANSI A92 and CSA B354 standards govern the access equipment industry and address machine design, safe use, and training in North America. The anticipated changes will move North American manufactured machines more towards a global model.

Tags: Regulations, Utility Fleets, Aerial Devices, Safety, JLG

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

Seattle Startup Seeks to Plant and Sustain Trees with Drones

Photo via Pixabay

The company has run several pilot programs, including one with Oregon-based utility Clean Water Services, who enlisted help from the company for a watershed restoration project.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Tree Planting, Drones

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

Miss. Man Arrested After Stealing Bucket Truck

Photo via Mark Wolfe/Wikimedia

The bucket truck was reported missing by Southern Electric Corporation in Mississippi.

Tags: Vehicle Theft, Utility Fleets, Bucket Trucks

December 4, 2017 - Press Release

Utilimaster to Hire 100 Workers

The company is seeking workers to fill several positions during the facility’s first shift, including a plant manager, plant supervisors, general assemblers, and skilled trades team leaders including welder, decalers, electrical assembly, and mechanical assembly.

Tags: Utilimaster, Utility Fleets

December 4, 2017 - Press Release

Genie Hosts Online Training for Operators

In an effort to educate customers on new standards for aerial operator training, Genie is answering questions on its website and through social media December 4-8.

Tags: Training, Genie, Utility Fleets, Aerial Work Platform

November 17, 2017 - Industry News

Utility Truck Stolen with Employee Still in Bucket

Photo via Wikimedia

An employee of Elmwood Place Public Works, near Cincinnati, was in the bucket hanging Christmas lights when the truck was stolen.

Tags: Vehicle Theft, Utility Fleets

November 17, 2017 - Industry News

PG&E Continues Aerial Smoke Patrols to Spot Wildfires

Photo courtesy of PG&E

PG&E will continue operating fixed-wing aircraft to spot smoke along two routes in areas that have not received significant rain and remain dry.

Tags: PG&E, Utility Fleets, Aircraft

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

FPL Sends 1,000 Power Line Poles to Puerto Rico

Photo courtesy of FPL

Thirty-three trucks delivered the poles to Port Canaveral where they will be loaded on a cargo ship scheduled to leave for Puerto Rico this week.

Tags: FPL, Utility Fleets, Natural Disaster, Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria

November 16, 2017 - Press Release

Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau Partners to Expand Training Opportunities

The grants, which are open to the public through the SC&R Foundation are awarded to individuals pursuing a career in the specialized transportation, crane, or rigging industry.

Tags: Training, Utility Fleets, Grants, Cranes

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