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If we could turn back time

Have you ever experienced a 25-hour day? In fact, everyone in the United States and most people worldwide live an extra man-made hour on one day of the year when clocks are adjusted on Nov. 1 from daylight savings time to standard time.

clockOn Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 a.m., time will leap back one hour, changing our routines until the second Sunday in March.

Where many people welcome the extra hour of sleep, the time shift also has its consequences. Darkness increases around the time of rush hour. National Road Safety Foundation studies show that auto accidents increase after clocks fall back an hour. In addition to the lack of visibility, commuting...

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Danger- no children allowed

Children can be curious about heavy machinery, dirt piles, trenches and buildings under construction near their neighborhoods. It’s not uncommon for workers to show up at a job site after a weekend and find bicycle tire tracks cresting mounds of dirt, equipment controls readjusted and small foot prints trekking around the job site.

dangerJob sites can be a dangerous environment for workers. But when children who do not understand construction job site hazards are added to the equation, there exists the potential for disaster. Job sites can be kept relatively secure with high fencing, posted no-trespassing and warning signs, by locking, protecting and storing equipment and tools at night, and wrapping hazardous...

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Bobcat T740 Compact Track Loader

The Bobcat T740 is a powerful compact track loader that delivers more usable horsepower, powerful breakout forces and faster cycle times for any lifting or digging application than other track loaders in its class.

bobcat-t740Ideally suited for soft, sandy, wet or muddy conditions, the T740 track loader is designed for heavy-duty construction with tracks spread out over a wider area for increased flotation, minimal ground disturbance, higher pushing force, and excellent load-lifting capability.

The Bobcat T740 has an operating capacity at 50 percent of tipping load of 4,571 pounds, and an absolute tipping load of 9,143 pounds. With an operating weight of 10,465 pounds, a 74-horsepower Tier 4 turbo-diesel engine, a 3,500...

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Construction on a building interior

When performing construction jobs on a building interior, particular equipment can be used to improve workers’ efficiency and accelerate the time that it takes to complete tasks.

interiorPlumbing, electrical, mechanical / HVAC, and fire suppression system installers use scissor lifts to reach ceilings and perform their work. Scissor lifts offer several advantages over ladders and scaffolding:

  • Space: the aerial platform has room for tools and building materials and, typically, two people (or up to 500lbs).
  • Stability: The platform’s risers can support pipes, ducts and conduit, providing the operators extra lift leverage.
  • Convenient: Most scissor lifts have 110v plugs near the platform controls that can power electric tools.
  • Safe: The bottom-heavy scissor lifts and the heavy-gauge...
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