Category: Safety Topics

In-Cab Inspection – Sims University

 Bob Berry introduces Sims University graduate Dawson Wiles. Dawson gives a step by step testing review of the in-cab procedure for Florida DOT pre-trip inspection. Follow along as he covers important topics such as Read More

February 13th, 2020 |

Alley Docking – Sims University

 Our latest video is used for training students at Sims University in pursuing their Florida Commercial Driver’s License. Bob Berry, Sims Crane & Equipment’s Director of Safety, reviews the alley docking testing procedure. Applicants Read More

February 5th, 2020 |

25 Years of Improving Safety in Crane Operation

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The NCCCO is a nonprofit organization established in January 1995 with a mission of instituting standards in safety and performance Read More

January 29th, 2020 |

Wire Rope Maintenance – Keeping that band of strength intact

Wire rope maintenance is a vital part of crane safety, performance and longevity. Hundreds of components work together to lift and suspend huge amounts of weight, so keeping this thin band of strength in proper Read More

December 18th, 2019 |

Lifting Cranes and Challenges by Mother Nature

Two environmental factors can significantly affect the safety of steel lifting equipment: cold temperatures and costal climate. The October issue of American Cranes & Transport (ACT) Magazine includes an in-depth article about how these two Read More

October 23rd, 2019 |

The Importance of a Trained Crane Signal Person

A successful and safe lifting operation doesn’t rely on the crane operator alone. A well-trained signal person is often required to guide the operator when an extra set of eyes and ears are essential. American Read More

September 30th, 2019 |

In Preparing for Dorian, Tower Cranes become Weathervanes

The Palm Beach Post featured a story yesterday about what construction crews are doing in preparation for Hurricane Dorian in case it makes a beeline for South Florida. Kast Construction has been proactive since Monday Read More

August 29th, 2019 |

Safety from Above

An article at EHS Today’s website reminds readers that safety in the workplace is of utmost importance, especially when it comes to falling objects, large and small. Wherever a job is being conducted, whether just Read More

May 14th, 2019 |

Can Cranes Be Hacked?

The short answer is “yes.” A recent article at Forbes’ website shares the story of Federico Maggi and Marco Balduzzi, two researchers who work for Trend Micro, a leading cybersecurity company. Maggi and Balduzzi traveled Read More

May 6th, 2019 |

In any Lifting Job, Ground Stabilization is Number One

Just as a solid foundation is critical to the construction of any house or building, ground stabilization is of utmost importance to a successful crane operation. It provides a platform that helps ensure accurate lifting Read More

April 22nd, 2019 |

Demand Increases for Crane Safety & Training

New regulations recently mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for new crane operator certification have caused a sharp increase in demand for the services of crane safety and training companies, according to Read More

January 28th, 2019 |

Sling Safety – As Simple As A, B, C

A well-maintained and functional crane is important for any heavy lifting application. Of equal importance is a quality sling for suspending the item to be lifted by the crane. Slings are available in various configurations Read More

January 15th, 2019 |

Start 2019 with Less Workplace Stress & Anxiety

Welcome to the new year! With increased opportunities in the job market during the past couple of years, more and more people are working. Whether your job is in retail, healthcare, office administration, construction or Read More

January 7th, 2019 |

Lightning Season is approaching, how do we protect ourselves?

With lightning season approaching, it is best to learn and understand the safety regulations in regards to lightning. Lightning is a dangerous, spontaneous, and wild thing. Understanding what the proper procedures are and how to Read More

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Understanding the Importance of Asking “Why?”

As kids, we were told to not ask “Why?” but to just do. This is the complete opposite when it comes to the safety on a job site. Knowing why an accident, incident, or near Read More