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How to Plan for an Emergency on the Jobsite

Not long ago I was working with a contractor, on a major university campus that was told that they had 15 minutes to get all of their workers off the jobsite and away from a three-block area. Thinking that this must have been an emergency such as a broken gas line or worse — some crazy guy held up in some campus building holding hostages — the contractor soon learned about the emergency.

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Our own President of the United States had suddenly decided to “drop in” and get some photo-ops. Before the contractor could send his workers back to their jobsite, more than 450 man-hours had been lost. The contractor most affected estimated that the direct cost of lost productivity was almost $19,000. He had no idea what other costs were, including other contractors and related equipment shut down, delays or “push backs” on other trades that needed on the site, etc.

While not every obstacle or surprise is politically related, we must be prepared for those “presidential-like” interruptions that can impact us on a jobsite. We can’t plan for everything, but there are a few emergency measures we might try to incorporate into our construction process.

1. Have pre-planned emergency plans by type. There are a couple types of emergencies that might be worth having some pre-planning completed and in your company’s playbook. Consider just a few of the “types” that you might prepare for as presented below:

  • Employee accident
  • Non-employee accident on jobsite
  • Utility accident (cut electrical line, break gas pipe, etc.)
  • Equipment/vehicle accident with/without injury
  • Gun-toting or threatening individual
  • Threatening weather change (lightning, thundershowers, ice storm, tornado etc.)

While the list can certainly be endless it does pay to put in the effort to develop and document an Emergency Crisis Plan for your workers to embrace. Just having such plans available, and copies in each of the company trucks, can prevent suddenly excitable leaders from directing the wrong things, adding to the stress felt by all involved.

2. Prioritize your emergency process steps. The very first priority in any emergency is certainly to seek the most safe handling and leading of the people involved. Protecting your workers is critical, working to ensure that they are first safe and heading to a safer environment.

3. Identify root cause of emergency. While our people’s safety is paramount to us, we must also be concerned with the root cause of the emergency. In some situations the root cause is clear and present. If the cause is unknown you might be engaged in determining where the cause originated. Obviously if the problem were a utility cause, you should immediately contact the local authorities from the utility companies rather than try to fix the power lines that just went down.

5. Account for all involved with emergency. Unfortunately, the size of some construction projects makes it difficult to just yell at one area and capture the attention and ensure the safe steps of everyone involved. This effort requires you to know who is working on your site and to take a quick inventory of those who have received the emergency alert and are acting appropriately. Workers who are not accounted for must be located. Certainly our smart phones can be put to good use here.

6. Store emergency numbers and alerts on every smart phone. Speaking of smart phones, for every smart phone used by your workers be sure to provide a list of names and organizations that need to be contacted whenever an emergency erupts. This is a very doable effort on your part and can save time and lives in explosive situations.

7. Review and practice emergency plans several times a year. Because emergencies are not common (hopefully they’re not common) reaction to them will need to be rehearsed from time to time. Doing this can actually add some confidence and know-how to your workers so that they are better prepared when an emergency does occur…and it’s just a matter of time before that emergency will happen.

8. Assign emergency roles and responsibilities. If you have a crew working when an emergency happens, be sure that all crew members know just what to do and who will perform what tasks. While a job foreman will inherit a lot of responsibilities, every crew member needs to understand his or her role as well. It’s always a great idea to have a backup for every role, including for the foreman as he might be off the jobsite when such an emergency takes place.

9. Prepare for jobsite area conditions. This almost sounds like an admission here but it is wise to consider just where the jobs are located that your crews will be working. Depending on the geography, there might be some worksite areas that present more or less threatening situations. Your crews might be working near chemical plants, high-density retail areas and lower-income areas with a “tough reputation.” No matter where your workers will be, you can reassure your workers’ confidence by being honest and assertive in addressing their work environment.

 

10. Create an emergency public relations policy. This might sound like overkill for the smaller contractor, but the truth is that whenever an emergency happens, it’s amazing how many different viewpoints exist. You need to have a narrow vein of who communicates the “what, when and to whom” associated with a situation.

Should your emergency be on a very visible location, perhaps in view of a lot of traffic, you can almost be sure that local reporters will be swooping down on the area in search of the scoop. You’ll be glad if you don’t allow your entire crew to be interviewed. Take this option away by clearly assigning only a few people to report what happened or at least what your company knows.

Hopefully you will never be interrupted by a presidential “photo-op” emergency, but you still need to be prepared for emergencies that truly can be a threat to you and your workers. This is one of the most often overlooked policy efforts by many contractors. Take the initiative and create your emergency response plan now and sleep easier

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Komatsu America Corp. introduces the new WA270-8 wheel loader

Popular, all-around performer moves from farm work to snow removal with ease

Rolling Meadows, Ill., September 12, 2016 – Komatsu America Corp., a leading global heavy equipment manufacturer, today introduced the new WA270-8 wheel loader. Equipped with an EPA Tier 4 Final certified engine, this addition to the wheel loader family combines high production with low fuel consumption and improved operator comfort.

The WA270-8’s parallel-lift linkage, with auto tilt-in to simulate a Z-bar, can be used in virtually any application from pallet handling to hard digging.  Fuel consumption is lower by up to three percent in
V-cycle loading and two percent in load-and-carry applications.

“Whether you’re lifting, digging or changing attachments on the fly, the WA270-8 is compact enough to squeeze between farm buildings, yet powerful enough to tackle jobs often planned for bigger machines,” said Frank Nyquist, product specialist, Komatsu America. “It’s one of the most versatile machines Komatsu offers,” Nyquist said.

Standard features of the new WA270-8 include:

Under The Hood/Performance Enhancements

  • A powerful 6.69 liter, 149 HP, EPA Tier 4 Final certified, SAA6D107E-3 engine uses up to three percent less fuel than its Tier 4 Interim predecessor.
  • Komatsu Diesel Particulate Filter (KDPF) and other after treatment components are designed in conjunction with the engine for efficiency and long life.
  • The new SCR system reduces NOx emissions and is designed to last the life of the engine.
  • More than 98 percent of KDPF regeneration is performed passively, with no action required of the operator and no interference with machine operation.
  • Proven, fourth-generation hydrostatic drivetrain with variable traction control and S-mode provides excellent traction control to reduce wheel slip. S-mode is ideal for snowy, icy or slippery conditions.
  • Creep mode in first gear is easily controlled via a knob on the RH console. This mode allows the operator to dial in travel speed from one to eight miles an hour

In-Cab Enhancements/Features

  • New, more comfortable, high-back, heated seat softens machine vibrations for operator comfort.
  • Pioneering KOMTRAX telematics system and monitor that provides key machine metrics, including KDPF status and DEF-level data, fuel consumption, plus performance information collected and sorted by operator ID.
  • Komatsu Auto-Idle Shutdown to reduce idle time and save fuel.
  • Auxiliary jack and two 12 volt ports.
  • Seven inch, LCD color monitor with Ecology Guidance.
  • Separate full color rear view monitor standard.

Additional Features/Benefits

  • Swing out, hydraulically-driven cooling fan, with wider fin spacing and auto-reversing fan for ease of cleaning.
  • Gull-wing engine doors provide quick, convenient access for daily checks and service items.
  • Full rear fenders optional.
  • DEF tank features a convenient sight glass to discourage overfilling.

The WA270-8 and every other Komatsu Tier 4 Final construction-sized machine, whether rented, leased or purchased, is covered by the Komatsu CARE® program for the first three years or 2000 hours, whichever comes first. Komatsu CARE includes limited scheduled factory maintenance, a 50-point inspection at each service, and two complimentary Komatsu Diesel Particulate Filter exchange in the first five years. With select labor, fluids and filters covered by Komatsu over this period, Komatsu CARE lowers ownership costs, raises resale value and improves equipment uptime and availability. For full program details, refer to the Komatsu CARE reimbursement letter.

Komatsu America Corp. is a U.S. subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd., the world’s second largest manufacturer and supplier of earth-moving equipment, consisting of construction, mining and compact construction equipment. Komatsu America Corp. also serves the forklift and forestry markets. Through its distributor network, Komatsu offers a state-of-the-art parts and service program to support its equipment. Komatsu has proudly provided high-quality, reliable products for nearly a century. Visit the website at www.komatsuamerica.com for more information.

Note: All comparisons and claims of improved performance made herein are made with respect to the prior Komatsu model unless otherwise specifically stated. Materials and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Komatsu America Corp. is an authorized licensee of Komatsu Ltd.  KOMTRAX® and Komatsu CARE® are registered trademarks of Komatsu Ltd.  All other trademarks and service marks used herein are the property of Komatsu Ltd., Komatsu America Corp., or their respective owners or licensees.


How One Construction Company is Saving Lives as Alarming New Statisics Point to an Increase of Depression Among Construction Workers.

A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control is showing how what you do for a living can make you more at risk for suicide.

People who work in isolation or have unsteady employment like in the agriculture and forestry industries are at the greatest risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported there are 85 suicides per 100,000 workers in those fields.

Construction workers, carpenters and electricians also have a high risk for suicide (CDC: 53 suicides per 100,000).

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Local Denver news affiliate 9News is reporting that one local company is trying to help.

“We’ve changed our culture,” RK Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jon Kinning said.

RK is the Rocky Mountain Region’s largest single source for mechanical work at construction sites.

Since 2014, RK has helped intervene when eight of its workers were depressed and considering suicide. The support those men received changed their direction. They are alive and receiving mental health support to remain strong.

“If managers see someone not on the job, maybe 10 years ago, you’d write them up for not showing up for work,” Kinning said. “Now, it’s like ‘what is going on in your life?'”

Kinning first learned that his industry was at risk in 2014 when he met Sally Spencer-Thomas. She founded a suicide prevention organization after her brother died by suicide. The Carson J. Spencer Foundation works with male-dominated industries that are at risk for depressed workers who might look to suicide as a way to alleviate the pain.

RK managers are now trained and retrained under the Construction Working Minds program (constructionworkingminds.org) developed by the Carson J. Spencer Foundation.

Michelle Brown is a manager at RK who noticed a colleague and fellow U.S. veteran was struggling. She credits RK’s suicide prevention training for giving her the tools to help save that man’s life.

“I knew instinctively what to look for,” Brown said. “There was no fumbling. It was an instantaneous reaction. This is how we act.”

Brown now describes that man as “thriving.”

“To be able to reach out to that person and get them the help they needed and to be the individual they could talk to, laugh with, cry with.. um, it was incredible,” Brown said.

Tom Alvarez, RK safety manager, is also thankful for the increased focus on signs and symptoms to look for among those struggling with mental health issues. He just wished he knew them sooner.

“We had an employee who was working for us who was going through some issues at home,” Alvarez said. “He came in to work and started divvying out his tools and then, he went home one night and committed suicide.”

Alvarez says he just thought that man was changing professions. Back then, nobody at RK recognized the signs that this man was desperate.

Spencer-Thomas says construction workers are at greater risk of suicide because of the difficult manual labor along with the self-medicating that can take place to deal with work-related injuries. She also points to seasonal work and the high pressures to meet deadlines on building sites.

The Carson J. Spencer Foundation helped RK put together its “toolbox talks” for all employees which are in addition to the training for upper level managers.

Before the start of shifts, Safety Manager Alvarez will check in with the RK team at a construction site and encourage workers to talk with others whose moods have shifted.

“Even though we’re a large company, the guys know when somebody’s not the same,” Alvarez said.

The “toolbox talks” are given in both English and Spanish so that everyone is debriefed on the threats and risks.

“Every year, nearly 43,000 people died by suicide in the US,” Alvarez recently told a Denver crew. “Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death. If you work with someone who is struggling, tell him you’ve noticed a change in their attitude. Give them a call. Reach out to them.”

The work crew that gathers at the toolbox talks was silent on the day of our visit. The workers have all known someone in their lives who has died by suicide.

Kinning admitted he too had a relative who died by suicide. That’s why this program is so personal.

“I’ve seen the tremendous amount of grief that goes along with suicide,” Kinning said. “If we can build on that and help other people avoid that grief and get people the help that they need, it’s really a no brainier for us.”

RK is now a model for other awareness programs in the construction industry. Kinning is humbled and grateful to hear that.

“We are a family-owned business,” Kinning said. “We care about people’s families. We want them to come to work and be able to go home safe.”

The Carson J. Spencer Foundation also started working with the Denver Fire Department when it lost some firefighters to suicide. 9NEWS’ Kyle Dyer has also produced a story that showed how firefighters are learning to be open about their stressors and discuss their feelings in order to improve mental health for each other and across the department.

“We are a family-owned business,” Kinning said. “We care about people’s families. We want them to come to work and be able to go home safe.”

The Carson J. Spencer Foundation also started working with the Denver Fire Department when it lost some firefighters to suicide. 9NEWS’ Kyle Dyer has also produced a story that showed how firefighters are learning to be open about their stressors and discuss their feelings in order to improve mental health for each other and across the department.

Source: 9News

Source : Construction Equipment Guide http://www.constructionequipmentguide.com/newsletter/30557?story=30557&ref=newsletter

 


Komatsu America Corp. introduces the new D85EXi/PXi-18 crawler dozer

Start sooner and finish faster, courtesy of factory integration and a host of intelligent capabilities

D85i-18Rolling Meadows, Ill., July 7, 2016 – Komatsu America Corp., a leading global heavy equipment manufacturer, today introduced the new 264HP D85EXi/PXi-18 crawler dozer, the smart choice for any machine owner looking for intelligence and efficiency beyond what is typically available in machine control systems.

Eliminating the need to install and remove blade-mounted sensors each day not only saves on machine and operator wear and tear, it converts potential downtime into more time spent running the machine.

“With the monthly production gains from starting sooner, finishing faster and using less fuel, the more owners of the D85EXi/PXi-18 run their machines, the more they save,” said Sebastian Witkowski, Komatsu product marketing manager. “From heavy dozing to finish grading, this wide-blade dozer is perfect for large, earthmoving jobs, where accuracy and efficiency are important,” Witkowski said.

Intelligent Value

First-to-last pass, rough-to-finish automatic dozing extends production gains. Once engaged, the system automatically cuts and lowers the blade to grade in a typical dozing pass. If the load increases to a maximum, the blade automatically raises to minimize track slip to keep dozing productively. This intelligence achieves up to 8% greater efficiency in moving material, based on start-to-finish grade testing against typical aftermarket machine control systems.

The D85EXi/PXi-18, whether rented, leased or purchased, is covered by the Komatsu CARE® program for the first three years or 2000 hours, whichever comes first. Komatsu CARE® includes scheduled factory maintenance, a 50-point inspection at each service and two complimentary Komatsu Diesel Particulate Filter exchanges and DEF tank flushes in the first five years.

Komatsu America Corp. is a U.S. subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd., the world’s second largest manufacturer and supplier of earth-moving equipment, consisting of construction, mining and compact construction equipment. Komatsu America also serves forklift and forestry markets. Through its distributor network, Komatsu offers a state-of-the-art parts and service program to support its equipment. Komatsu has proudly provided high-quality reliable products for nearly a century. Visit the website at www.komatsuamerica.com for more information.

Komatsu America Corp. is an authorized licensee of Komatsu Ltd.  KOMTRAX® and Komatsu CARE® are registered trademarks of Komatsu Ltd.  All other trademarks and service marks used herein are the property of Komatsu Ltd., Komatsu America Corp., or their respective owners or licensees.

Note: All comparisons and claims of improved performance made herein are made with respect to the prior Komatsu model unless otherwise specifically stated. Materials and specifications are subject to change without notice.


ConExpo 2017 Tech Experience to be a ‘Tomorrowland’ for construction

During a ConExpo-Con/Agg exhibitor event this week in Chicago, further details emerged about the show’s headliner 75,000-square-foot Tech Experience, which will showcase the previously announced 3D printed excavator. The exhibit will be located in Silver Lot 3 in front of the South Hall.

“With the tech experience, we want to show the equipment industry as a thought leader,” says Matt Pensinger with Jack Morton Worldwide, which has partnered with show sponsor Association of Equipment Manufacturers to produce the exhibit. “We want to show a more holistic view of how this industry is leveraging technology to drive business.” One obvious target for this message: young attendees.

Tech Experience SlidePersinger calls the Tech Experience a “Tomorrowland-type” design, with open spaces that allow people to flow in and out between zones. Close to the entrance will be a “drone aviary,” an enclosed area that will showcase drone development, and allow for drone demos.

Spotlighted throughout the exhibit will be materials, techniques and equipment in changeable displays in three primary zones. For instance, the “Infrastructure of the Future” zone will examine such things as sensor-connected bridges, programmed materials, self-healing building materials, dynamic paints and hyper connectivity and transport.

Within the “Jobsite of the Future” zone, attendees will get information on telematics, autonomous machines, safety wearables, sensors and holograms. And the “Jobs of the Future Zone” is designed to give young people and job seekers an opportunity to share information on their training and skills, plus explore ways that augmented reality, virtual reality and gamified learning might play a role in upgrading their skills.

A 400-seat amphitheater will host “Tech Talks,” short, information-filled talks modeled after the popular TED Talk series. Show organizers are currently seeking speakers for these talks.

“We want to make sure this offers a robust engagement experience, and gives attendees the opportunity to really learn,” Peringer says. “It will be part show and part museum, with an interactive experience map both onsite and in the ConExpo app.”

Attendee experience

Badges will not be mailed before the 2017 show, says AEM’s Dana Wuestoff; instead they can be picked up either at the show or at 12 remote locations throughout the city, including several major hotels and the airport. (You will not be able to register at these remote badge pick-up locations, however.)

The ConExpo badge-pack includes a 3-day Las Vegas Monorail pass, transport on show shuttle buses, access to the show on all five show days, entrance to the Tech Experience and discounts at various Las Vegas bars and restaurants. Show organizers are also exploring Uber and Lyft discounts. Early Bird pricing is $149 per ticket through Jan. 13; advance pricing from January 14-March 6 is $195; on show days, ticket prices go up to $249.

In addition to the usual onsite eating venues, the 2017 show will also have a food truck alley.

“We’re urging everyone to get their hotels and flights now,” says Steve Suhm with AEM. Space will especially be at a premium since the NASCAR Kobalt 400 race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway takes place at the end of the week.

Exhibitor tech upgrades

Behind-the-scenes technology will also allow exhibitors to track attendee movements while in their booth, enabling exhibitors to take a deeper dive into what attracts show goers.

Instead of a bar code, the 2017 show badges will have QR codes containing the attendee’s contact information, which can then be scanned by exhibitors. “This will give us cloud-based, real-time information,” says Wuesthoff.

The show badges will also have an additional piece of technology: a Scrabble-piece size Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) device called an “eventBit,” using a technology similar to that used in Fitbits. “This gives exhibitors a new way to understand attendee behaviors,” says Mike Godsey with Experient, the ConExpo partner behind eventBit.

In essence, the badge becomes a wearable beacon, sending a continuous signal with an ID number. Because of personal privacy concerns, Godsey is quick to point out that only the demographics of the badgeholder—such as that person’s position and the type of construction they are in—can be read by cellular-powered hubs that exhibitors may choose to place in their booths. If the QR reader in the front of the badge is scanned, the remaining contact information becomes part of an exhibitor’s lead-retrieval process.

The eventBit information is designed to show booth traffic flow statistics. Exhibitors can put a hub on a piece of equipment or in a demonstration area, for example, and get information on what types of buyers are attracted to that particular machine or demonstration. These time-stamped analytics will show such things as aisle traffic (who passed by), booth traffic (those who stay in the booth for a certain time) and dwell time (how long people stayed in a booth). “It’s also a way for exhibitors to sort leads,” Godfrey says. “If a lead has stayed in the booth for a certain time, you know they were interested.”

And what about those privacy concerns? “We make sure all attendees know about it,” Godfrey says. “We’ve used it in four shows so far, and we’ve seen only 1 to 2 percent of attendees at those shows remove it.” Although this feature will not be available at ConExpo, Godfrey says attendees could also make use of this technology to view a post-event map of where they went on the show floor, which might come in handy when sorting out the information overload they face afterwards.

ConExpo-Con/Agg, taking place March 7-11, will have 300,000 square feet more of exhibit space than the 2014 show, totalling 2.56 million square feet.

Source: http://www.equipmentworld.com/conexpo-2017-tech-experience-to-be-a-tomorrowland-for-construction/

Written by: Marcia Gruver Doyle | August 25, 2016


Six Reasons to Use a Dash Cam

If you’ve ever experienced a car crash, you know how stressful and upsetting it can be for a driver. Even without serious injuries or worse, the situation is typically troublesome. Dealing with law enforcement, traffic court, insurance companies and collision repairers is no one’s idea of a fun time. And if you’re not at fault in causing an accident, you may still have to commit significant time and resources to dealing with its consequences.

A dash cam could help. This compact and lightweight video camera—designed specifically for documenting your drive—is a simple and affordable way to help you in the aftermath of an accident. We installed and tested the Pilot HD Dash Cam available from NAPA AUTO PARTS to see how it works. In the process, we discovered it could be helpful not only in the case of an accident but in everyday driving, too.

Installing the dash cam took less than five minutes. A suction cup mount secures it to the windshield and the 12-volt power adapter plugs into the vehicle’s outlet. Start the car and the dash cam powers on. We spent another five minutes setting the time and date and browsing the video setting menus. The process was quick and easy.

 

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Included with the unit is a micro SD card to store the video recordings or still photos (depending on the setting you choose.) Once the card reaches its memory capacity, the dash cam loops back and starts recording over the previous video.

So how can you be certain the video you need will not get deleted? You can manually lock the recording with the push of a button, but get your settings right and you won’t have to. The G-shock mode automatically locks a video into memory when the sensor in the dash cam detects the force of an impact.

In addition to preparing you and your vehicle for the unfortunate circumstances of a collision, below are six more reasons to use a dash cam.

 

Traffic Ticket Witness

The men and women in uniform that enforce our traffic laws are not perfect. Drivers can—and do—receive tickets for offenses they did not commit or could reasonably argue as unwarranted. In such situations, video proof could be your ally.

Traffic cops cannot be everywhere at once. Your viewpoint, or the view from your dash cam, may provide some evidence that sheds new light on a situation.

 

Teen Drivers & New Drivers

A dash cam is a good educational tool for new drivers. If you have a teen driver or other new driver in your household, consider a dash cam to improve their driving skills while providing a watchful eye.

Protecting young drivers and their passengers is important; crash rates for inexperienced drivers are significantly higher than for those with more miles under their belts. The message from parents can be a simple one: safety, not spying. Even if parents never play videos back, drivers who know their actions are being recorded may be more inclined to use caution and avoid dangerous behavior like speeding or texting while driving.

 

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The Shop Truck

Business owners and managers that use vehicles to get the job done can add a layer of protection with a dash cam for the company car or truck. As with teen drivers, employee drivers may be encouraged to drive carefully with a dash cam in place.

The liability factor with business vehicles is a great reason to use a dash cam, too. Even if your employee is at fault in a crash, video evidence could help support an argument that the driver practiced safe driving and was not negligent in his or her actions leading up to the incident.

 

Good Samaritan

Your dash cam could help others out, too. If you spot an erratic driver but missed the vehicle type or license plate number, the information recorded by your dash cam could help you alert authorities.

Most of us have witnessed crashes of other vehicles, too. Your video could provide evidence to help law enforcement as well as crash victims.

 

Self Improvement

Studies show most Americans think they’re great drivers. Is it true? Can we all be above average behind the wheel?

No, but even the best drivers among us could probably do even better. Just as the presence of a dash cam could influence a teen driver or an employee wheeling the company truck, it can help experienced drivers to become more conscious of their own driving patterns. With your dash cam watching, you may be inclined to break bad habits like following too closely or weaving through traffic.

 

Fireball in the Sky

Occasionally, spectacular things happen around us. Witnessing a rare fireball hurdling across Earth’s atmosphere is highly unlikely, but dash cams often record exciting moments, traffic-related or otherwise. Just search YouTube for hours of crazy dash cam clips. If your dash cam records something out of the ordinary, you can share it with the world.

 

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The Pilot HD Dash Cam is on sale now at NAPA AUTO PARTS. Protect yourself, your vehicle and your loved ones while taking advantage of this special, limited-time pricing.  Reserve one online or pick one up the Pilot HD Dash Cam at PBE Auto Parts.

Article by Nick Palermo, August 17, 2016\

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How construction companies can improve cybersecurity

Construction companies are infamous for their reluctance to adopt the latest technologies. Most of the largest companies have made the leap, but for small and mid-sized firms, the process continues inch by inch.

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However, as contractors join the digital age and begin to reap the benefits of becoming more connected with fellow employees and the outside world via computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, they also risk opening their systems up to cyber attacks.

“It’s a tradeoff for connectivity,” said attorney Michelle Schaap of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi in New Jersey. It’s the good and the bad sides, she said, of the belief that people need to be connected on demand.

These assaults on a company’s computer systems and network happen for a variety of reasons — industrial espionage, access to client or employee information or just plain theft. So why are so many construction companies behind the curve when it comes to implementation of policies and procedures that would eliminate, or at least greatly reduce, the chances of a security breach? And what can they do to reduce their chances of suffering an attack in the future?

Why cyber attacker focus on construction will ‘increase significantly’

As it turns out, contractors aren’t the only ones lacking in this arena. “It is endemic to a number of industries,” Schaap said. With the exception of the financial and healthcare sectors, “many industries still have their heads in the sand,” she said.

Also, according to Jonathan Gossels, president and CEO of SystemExperts, construction companies aren’t typically focused on cybersecurity. They tend to be more focused on the task at hand, which is completing their construction projects within budget and on schedule, he said. Even the smallest companies are a target, though, according to CyberArk CMO John Worrall. “Everybody is a target for attacks because everyone has something of value,” he said.

And make no mistake, cyber attackers have the construction industry on their radar. According to a recent SecurityScorecard report, construction ranked third for security rating among industries. However, Alexander Heid, chief research officer at SecurityScorecard, noted that the ranking wasn’t due to the fact that construction firms were taking positive actions to combat potential threats. Instead, he said that although construction “is not yet considered a hot target by malicious actors” due to the fact that it doesn’t “have the same massive IT footprint and surface area as other industries,” he expects this trend to be “temporary.”

“The focus of malicious actors on the construction industry is expected to increase significantly within the coming years as construction firms begin standardizing the integration of ‘smart’ devices and IoT devices such as thermostats, water heaters, and power systems,” he said. “These new IoT devices will create a larger attack surface that previously did not exist.”

How construction companies can combat the cybersecurity threat

Therefore,the time to formulate a plan to combat threats is well before an attack takes place. “Think about the problem, and have a response plan,” Schaap said. “Treat it like another risk to your business, and plan for it. Plans will go a long way when the day comes that you have to deal with an intruder.”

Common cyber attacks

Worrall said phishing expeditions are a component of approximately 90% of all cyber attacks, which highlights the greatest vulnerability of any cybersecurity protocol — people. A phishing scheme usually presents itself in the form of an email in which an attacker masquerades as a trustworthy source. The attacker’s goal is to get the recipient to click on a link that will either give the crook access to the recipient’s system or prompt the recipient to enter a user ID or password that the criminal can then use to gain access to financial or other private information.

While construction companies don’t store the same kind of financial information a bank does, contractors sell themselves short if they don’t think their records are valuable. Competitors could be looking for details on the company’s next bid or building design in order to gain an unfair advantage, according to O’Boyle. Others are looking for sensitive employee data, like Social Security numbers, in order to engage in identity theft.

And growing by 400% in just the last year, he noted, is the use of ransomware in order to extort cash. The ransomware is most commonly downloaded into a company system via a phishing attack, according to O’Boyle. This allows the perpetrators to deny the company access to its own information until it pays a ransom, at which point the hacker releases the information back to the company.

The first step

Worrall said the first step for companies that have multiple connected users is to install a privileged account security solution on each device. This way, an attack will be confined to a single device. The security of a contractor’s data— both at rest (sitting on company servers) and in transit (being transmitted via email or other means) — must also be protected, and Schaap said this is best accomplished through encryption. Even if intruders obtain encrypted data, they won’t be able to use it. When it comes to data on servers, she said, companies needs to set different levels of permission so that, for example, a field worker can’t get into employee payroll files.

Additional actions

Contractors should also silo, or partition, information so that if an attacker is successful in gaining access to one part of the company’s data, they don’t have automatic access to everything else. Some companies place extremely sensitive data on a server that’s not even accessible through a network in order to ensure no breaches occur, according to Schaap. If an employee leaves the company or is fired, network administrators should shut down access right away, even if it seems harsh or unnecessary. “You have to protect the integrity of the company and company information,” she said.

At the very minimum, Schaap said, companies should utilize the latest updated firewall and antivirus software, although those tools may be not be useful in combating the most recent virus and security threats.

These events are an incredibly costly mess to clean up and can have a devastating effect on the businesses that experience them. Schaap said that more than 50% of attacks are on small businesses — those least likely to have full-time IT staff on board or extensive cyber policies. Of the small companies that do experience a significant security breach, she said, half are out of business within a year. Schaap added that there is cyber insurance available, but the premiums are high, and it still doesn’t relieve a company from its obligation to protect its sensitive information.

Why a focus on employees is the key to stronger security

The key to all of this, of course, is getting the message to employees that they have to follow the rules regarding personal use of connected company devices. Even though many people are familiar with how to avoid potentially dangerous emails, there are still those who don’t realize the damage they can cause by clicking on just one link. Education is incredibly effective at reducing the chances of a successful cyber attack. “Make it part of standard safety training,” O’Boyle said.

In addition, Schaap said, companies should make it clear to employees they will not be disciplined if they accidentally allow an intruder into the system. “If your firm has a culture of fear, the shoe shopper” who had a lapse in judgment and simply clicked on the wrong website won’t tell you about the situation, which could result in an even more severe breach of security, she said.

Of course, Gossels said, contractors should have a clear policy about acceptable employee use, which would include a prohibition on visiting “shady sites.” Nothing good ever comes from visiting gambling or pornography sites, particularly on a company device, he said. Even the best laid plans, however, aren’t completely foolproof.

“You have to be realistic about what’s possible,” Worrall said. “You can’t expect every employee to be an expert. The attacker has to get lucky once. Employees have to be perfect 100% of the time, and that’s just not going to happen.”


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PBE’s Relay For Life Team Surpasses Fundraising Goal

Heading into our 11th year fundraising for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event, we wanted to up the ante and raise the most amount of money yet! With the PBE 60th Anniversary Open House events set for June 11 and June 18, we set a goal of $27,000. And thanks to all of you, we surpassed our goal by 50% to raise more than $40,000, bringing our 11-year fundraising cumulative total to about $180,000!

Pine Bush Equipment Relay for Life Team

Pine Bush Equipment Relay for Life Team

 

Holly Bodnar, President of Pine Bush Equipment, Inc., presented this year’s check to Relay for Life’s Community Manager Tina Eckert and Senior Market Manager – Community Engagement Anna Trocino. 

 

When asked ‘where does the money go?’ Tina said, “the money raised goes to the research, education, advocacy, and services to cancer patients and their families in the local area.”

 

PBE was able to raise more than $40,000 thanks to generous prizes for our celebration raffles and donations wallfrom our sponsors and vendors. 

 

We thank you for helping Pine Bush to be one of the region’s top fundraising teams!


OSHA Penalty Adjustments to Take Effect August 2016

In November 2015, Congress enacted legislation requiring federal agencies to adjust their civil penalties to account for inflation. The Department of Labor is adjusting penalties for its agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA’s maximum penalties, which were last adjusted in 1990, will increase by 78%. Going forward, the agency will continue to adjust its penalties for inflation each year based on the Consumer Price Index.

The new penalties will take effect after August 1, 2016.  Any citations issued by OSHA after that date will be subject to the new penalties if the related violations occurred after November 2, 2015.

Type of Violation  Current Maximum Penalty New Maximum Penalty
Serious
Other-Than-Serious
Posting Requirements
$7,000 per violation $12,471 per violation
Failure to Abate $7,000 per day beyond the abatement date $12,471 per day beyond the abatement date
Willful or Repeated $70,000 per violation $124,709 per violation

Adjustments to Penalties

To provide guidance to field staff on the implementation of the new penalties, OSHA will issue revisions to its Field Operations Manual by August 1. To address the impact of these penalty increases on smaller businesses, OSHA will continue to provide penalty reductions based on the size of the employer and other factors.

State Plan States

States that operate their own Occupational Safety and Health Plans are required to adopt maximum penalty levels that are at least as effective as Federal OSHA’s.

For More Assistance

OSHA offers a variety of options for employers looking for compliance assistance.

The On-site Consultation Program provides professional, high-quality, individualized assistance to small businesses at no cost.

OSHA also has compliance assistance specialists in most of our 85 Area Offices across the nation who provide robust outreach and education programs for employers and workers.

For more information, please contact the Regional or Area Office nearest you.

 

source: https://www.osha.gov/penalties.html

 


Komatsu to acquire U.S. mining equipment manufacturer Joy Global

 

1. Purpose of the Acquisition

Komatsu embarked in April on a mid-range management plan for the next three years (2016-2018) under the slogan “Together We Innovate GEMBA Worldwide – Growth Toward Our 100th Anniversary (2021) and Beyond”. The Acquisition is in line with the growth strategy of the plan which calls for the Company to strengthen the core mining equipment business in an effort to achieve sustainable growth.

Joy Global is a worldwide mining machinery and services company founded in 1884. Through its leading brands — P&H, Joy and Montabert – Joy Global manufactures and services advanced original equipment and parts for underground and surface mining applications, as well as material handling systems and components for a variety of applications, products that complement existing Komatsu products. The company’s integrated technology, services and solutions are a critical component of operations in a variety of commodity markets including energy, hard rock and industrial minerals. The company operates globally and generates an annual revenue of 3,172 million US dollars (approximately 333 billion yen at @105yen/U$).

Komatsu has engaged in the mining equipment business since its foundation in 1921. In the 1990s the Company expanded by acquiring selected mining equipment manufacturing and distribution businesses operating in major mining regions. Today, Komatsu’s annual revenue of 450 billion yen from mining equipment business is generated by surface mining equipment only, as the Company’s portfolio does not include equipment for underground mining. Further, the Company’s product lineup does not include super large-sized loading equipment for surface mining.Demand for mining equipment has declined dramatically from the peak, reflecting economic slowdown in emerging countries and low commodity prices. Over the long term, however, the mining equipment business is projected to grow, driven by population growth and rapid urbanization around the world. In terms of mining techniques, economic rationale will call for use of larger equipment in surface mining as well as further development of underground mining.

Joy Global and Komatsu’s product lines will integrate well, expanding options for customers worldwide, as Komatsu can now offer the underground mining equipment and super large-sized loading equipment of which Joy Global is a leading provider. Both companies value a direct sales and service approach and will continue to engage with customers globally. Merging manufacturing technologies and linking products through Komatsu’s fleet management system will further capabilities on both sides to directly engage with customers to optimize machine performance and enhance automation for safety and productivity gains. Komatsu will continue to offer Dantotsu products, Dantotsu services, and Dantotsu solutions to our customers to jointly create innovation in mining operations. (Dantotsu: Unique and unrivalled)

2. Benefits of the Acquisition

The corporate culture at Joy Global values pursuit of safety, improvement of customer productivity ($/ton reduction), and the drive for innovation. This is very similar to the corporate culture at Komatsu. Komatsu and Joy Global also share the approach of offering “direct sales/services” to customers, engaging with them directly to address issues at their jobsites. The Acquisition of Joy Global, which shares similar cultures, values and strategies with Komatsu, is expected to bring Komatsu the following two benefits.

(1)Complementary product lineup
Joy Global’s lineup of surface mining equipment includes rope shovels, super large wheel loaders, draglines and drills which Komatsu does not offer. Joy Global’s lineup of rope shovels and super large wheel loaders pair well with the super large electric dump truck Komatsu manufactures and will generate synergies in sales and services. In addition, Joy Global manufactures underground mining equipment, another area Komatsu has not engaged in. With the Acquisition, Komatsu will become a meaningful participant in underground mining as well. The Acquisition will allow Komatsu to offer Dantotsu products to customers in both surface mining and underground mining businesses.

(2)Stronger Dantotsu solution offerings
Joy Global places priority on providing solutions that enhance safety and productivity of customer operations. For example, JoySmart Solutions leverages the Internet of Things to connect customer products with experts using data and analytics to improve mine performance. Komatsu also engages in the improvement of safety and productivity with its Autonomous Haulage System, mine fleet management systems and KOMTRAX Plus, which all serve to visualize jobsite operations. Data obtained from IoT-based mining equipment and systems will be connected and used through the open platform of Komatsu and this will bring synergies in providing Dantotsu solutions to customers.

3. Structure of the Acquisition

This Acquisition is structured as a reverse triangular merger between Joy Global and a wholly owned subsidiary KAC has established for the purpose of the Acquisition (“Acquiring Subsidiary”). Joy Global will be the surviving company and the shareholders of Joy Global will receive the cash payment as described below. At the same time, shares of the Acquiring Subsidiary owned by KAC will be converted into outstanding shares of the surviving company, making the surviving company the wholly-owned subsidiary of KAC. The Acquisition is subject to approval by the meeting of shareholders of Joy Global, receipt of necessary regulatory approvals under the applicable laws in relevant countries, and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions stipulated in the Acquisition agreement. Under the Acquisition agreement, Komatsu guarantees the performance of obligations of KAC and the Acquiring Subsidiary.

Komatsu will acquire Joy Global for U$ 28.3 per share (total of approximately 2,891 million US dollars * (approximately 303.6 billion yen at 105yen/U$)). Komatsu plans to finance the Acquisition through funds on hand and bank loans and does not plan to increase capital at this stage.

4. Management policy after the Acquisition

Joy Global will operate as a separate subsidiary of Komatsu. The companies will work together to align the organization and operation to better support our customers while retaining the strengths of Joy Global, its brand and the “direct sales/services” scheme. The corporate culture that values pursuit of safety, improvement of customer productivity ($/ton reduction) and focus on customer-perspective are in harmony with the corporate culture of Komatsu. Komatsu highly respects that the Joy Global operation is finely attuned to the mining industry and will seek to maximize the synergies from the Acquisition.

5. Outline of Joy Global

6. Number of Shares to be Acquired; Acquisition Price and State of Share Ownership Before and After Acquisition

(*)Numbers are based on the fully-diluted shares as of July 18, 2016 (taking into account dilutions resulting from treatment of equity based awards related to the Acquisition; provided that stock options with exercise prices above the acquisition price offered by the Company are excluded).

7. Schedule

8. Future outlook

After the Acquisition is complete, Joy Global will become a consolidated subsidiary of Komatsu. The Company will make a disclosure of the impact of the Acquisition on its performance in a timely fashion as needed after the close of the transaction. As the Acquisition is expected to close in or after April 2017, the Acquisition will have no impact on the results and performance of Komatsu for the fiscal term ending March 2017.

Caution concerning forward-looking statements

This press release and other statements by Komatsu may include “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws and regulations. Forward-looking statements in this release include without limitation statements regarding the expected timing of the completion of the transaction described in the press release, operation of Joy Global’s business following completion of the Acquisition, and statements regarding the future operation, direction and success of the business. Such statements are qualified by known and unknown risks and uncertainties surrounding future business performance, development and financial standing of the Company and Joy Global, and actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “believe”, “anticipate”, “expect”, “plan”, “intent”, “may” “will”, “estimate” and “future” and other similar expressions, or in particular in the form of discussions of strategies, plans or intentions. Factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (i) uncertainties as to whether or when the transaction will be consummated, (ii) uncertainties as to the approval of Joy Global’s shareholders required in connection with the Acquisition, (iii) the possibility that competing offers will be made, (iv) the possibility that various closing conditions for the transaction may not be satisfied, (v) the effects of disruption caused by the announcement of this transaction making it difficult to maintain relationships with employees, customers, suppliers and other business partners and the potential inability to retain existing Joy Global management upon whom Komatsu will rely, (vi) the risk that stockholder litigation in connection with the transaction may affect the timing of the transaction or result in significant costs of defense, indemnification and liability, (vii) other business effects, including the effects of legal systems, accounting principles or other changes in business environment outside of the control of Komatsu or Joy Global, (viii) the risk that anticipated synergies and other benefits of the acquisition will not materialize, (ix) financial instability and other changes in economy in general or industry, (x) transaction costs, (xi) costs and availability of financing on favorable terms and future capital needs, (xii) changes in costs of supplies and raw materials, customer preferences, exchange rates and other national, regional or global economic and financial conditions, (xiii) marketing, regulatory, product liability, supply, competitive, political and other risks, (xiv) actual or contingent liabilities, (xv) changes in and ability to comply with environmental, tax, labor and employment, and other laws and regulations, and (xvi) other risks including but not limited to those set forth under the “risk factor” section in Joy Global’s Annual Report on Form 10–K which was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and other material submitted to SEC (as available from the SEC website free of charge at http://www.sec.gov)
Unless legally required, Komatsu disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. All forward-looking statements in this announcement are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.

Information in the news releases is current on the date of the announcement and is subject to change without notice

Source: http://www.komatsuamerica.com/our-company/press-releases/2016-07-21-acquisition