The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) announced it has issued five citations and penalized the Roanoke, Virginia-based Lanford Brothers Company $304,130 for exposing its workers to silica hazards while using jackhammers to remove concrete from bridge piers along a stretch of I-81 in Marion, Virginia.
Fuchs, a Terex brand with North American headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, has added to its North American sales team. Tim Gerbus will lead the Fuchs North America team, and Shane Toncrey has been hired as regional sales manager for Fuchs North America.
Todd Goss, Louisville general manager, says, “We are delighted to have both Tim and Shane join us in Louisville. Both salesmen bring a wealth of knowledge and experience, which I am confident will help achieve our goals for the future.”
Gerbus has a background that includes experience in dealer development, sales and marketing and has worked in various industries, including construction equipment and fabrication. He previously was the president and director of development for an articulated dump truck company in North America.
Toncrey has experience as a sales and marketing manager in the construction equipment sector. He will be responsible for the Midwest and western parts of the U.S.
Gerbus and Toncrey join John Van Ruitembeek and Anthony Laslavic to strengthen the sales team in North America.
Goss says, “We have a clear focus to drive further growth for the brand and ensure it is strongly positioned as the leader in loading in North America.”
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and HealthAdministration (OSHA) has cited Colorado Springs, Colorado-based HammersConstruction Inc. and Montes Construction LLC after a fatal fall at a Greenwood Village, Colorado, work site. The companies face proposed penalties of $177,893.
Rayco Manufacturing. Wooster, Ohio, has debuted two stump cutter models, the RG55 and RG80, and the TRG stump cutter trailer. These are the first new product introductions for Rayco since the company was acquired by Morbark LLC, Winn, Michigan, in November 2017.
An update to the popular RG45 stump cutter, Rayco says the RG55 features a 53.4-horsepower (40 kilowatt) Kubota Gasoline engine, for an increase of 9 horsepower with a power curve on par or higher than diesel models. The RG55 also provides increased travel speeds and complies with California Air Resources Board (CARB) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations in all 50 states, according to the company.
“The RG55 stump cutter puts together all the same great features customers loved about the RG45 in a compact, lightweight stump cutter,” Casey Gross, Morbark director of tree care products, says.
Rayco says the RG55 also features large cutting dimensions and visibility and protection of the swing-out
control station. For travel through gates, the control station swings in line. Wide floatation tires and 4-wheel drive is designed to allow the RG55 to maintain traction in challenging conditions. A wide hydraulic backfill blade saves time during clean up.
The RG80 stump cutter features an 85-horsepower (63 kilowatt) Ford engine and a hydrostatic cutter wheel drive to let the operator vary cutter wheel revolutions per minute (rpm) independent of engine speed. Built to replace the RG70, the RG80 is designed with a high power to weight ratio, low ground pressure and a low center of gravity for increased stability. True 4-wheel drive means no independent wheel slip. The propel system features high and low travel speeds plus an integrated “creep mode” for precise handling while cutting. Another key feature is the Magnetek wireless remote control that is sealed against dust, water and other elements and made to withstand shock.
“The RG80 packs a lot of power and pairs it with precision controls for the operator,” Gross says.
Both models are available with the custom Rayco TRG trailer. The TRG replaces the TRSJRW/TRSJRWB and TR100 trailers. The new model holds all Rayco stump cutters up to the RG80 and features a heavier axle and wider platform, as well as a TorFlex suspension and electric brakes. The stump cutter is held to the trailer with simple and secure pins.
“All of these new products highlight Morbark’s and Rayco’s commitment to our customers,” Gross says. “We’re continuously innovating and focused on providing the best performance and production for our customers.”
Registration is now open for the 45th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique. The event, organized by the International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE), Cleveland, will be held Jan. 27-30, 2019, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
As many as 1,600 blasters, manufacturers, government officials and suppliers will gather from all over the world to gain new insights and form new business alliances, ISEE says.
The 2019 program includes an education program featuring technical sessions, poster sessions and workshops combined with more than 130 exhibits on the latest technology. In addition to the full conference, the Blasters Weekend Package, starting Jan. 26, will include the popular Blasters Training Seminar, the Blasters R Us Video Roundup, a regulatory panel discussion and more.
In addition, educational programs, books, DVDs and ISEE apparel will be sold at the ISEE bookstore, including the 18th Edition ISEE Blasters’ Handbook (print and digital) and the 45th Annual Conference Proceedings, featuring all the technical papers from industry experts.