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ENGLAND
Heavy equipment used to bury 728-pound man
LONDON - A British man who weighed 728 pounds when he died was winched into his grave Friday with the help of a mechanical digger.


The heavy-lifting equipment took more than four hours to lower the oversized coffin of John Christian Jeffrey into his final resting place at a cemetery in southwest England.
The 29-year-old was found dead in his room at a hostel for people with drug, drink and mental health problems in Taunton on Feb. 28.



QATAR
NBK holds seminar on heavy equipment
THE heavy equipment department of Nasser Bin Khaled and Sons Services (NBK), the sole agent of the German BOMAG heavy machinery in Qatar, recently organised a conference on BOMAG equipment in Doha.Participants in the conference included representatives from BOMAG and consultation companies, as well as general manager of NBK, Ahmed Habib and manager of the heavy equipment department, Fouad Hijazi.


CHINA
Chinese firms dumping, but it is okay: BHEL
Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) has accused Chinese companies of grabbing equipment supply contracts for mega power projects by dumping, but the navratna PSU has declined to move the government on the issue.


"The Chinese currency, yuan, is under-valued. There is a case of dumping," K Ravi Kumar, chairman and managing director, BHEL, told PTI when asked as to why his corporation lost out on contracts for the two ultra mega power projects (UMPPs) to Chinese companies.


US


Companies say schools aren't pushing trades as a career
Several local construction companies say they need more workers, blaming the shortage on educators.


Pat Pate, owner of Pate Construction in Pueblo West, says he needs 200 workers. Right now, he has about half that number.


Pate thinks the reason more workers aren't available is because school teachers discourage students from considering construction as a career.


Doug Houghton, owner of Acorn Construction, agrees. He says he can't find enough skilled workers.



Hydraulic Excavator comes with 7 in. multi-color monitor.
PC270LC-8 Driven By Improvements In Efficiency, Operator Comfort And Fuel Economy
Rolling Meadows, IL, For CONEXPO - CON/AGG 2008- Komatsu America Corp. introduces its new PC270LC-8 hydraulic excavator. Distinguished by enhancements in efficiency and information technology upgrades, the hydraulic excavator offers improved operator comfort and a new low emission engine that improves fuel consumption. Primarily used for general contracting and underground utilities installation, this powerful excavator has a net horsepower of 187 HP and an operating weight of 65,336 to 67,393 pounds. The PC270LC-8 exemplifies the Komatsu design concept of matching highly efficient engines and advanced hydraulic systems to provide leading edge productivity and low-cost operation.


The new PC270LC-8 is standard-equipped with the latest Komtrax(TM) technology, which sends machine operating information to a secure website utilizing wireless technology. Data such as operating hours, location, cautions, and maintenance alerts are relayed to the web application for analysis. The Komtrax wireless equipment monitoring system increases machine availability, reduces the risk of machine theft, allows for remote diagnosis by the distributor, and provides a wealth of other information to drive business efficiency and productivity.


WESLACO - Thieves stole over half a million dollars worth of construction equipment from a Valley business.


Henry Hartzog, the manager at Nueces Power Equipment, says it's the third time equipment's been stolen. He tells us it's "very frustrating, very aggravating."


Hartzog says whoever stole the high priced items knew what they were doing. He adds the thieves may even have posed as customers at one point.


460-foot crane is safe, officials say
GRAND RAPIDS -- The tower crane being used to build River House condominiums is similar to the one that toppled in New York last weekend.


But even as they watched the sobering news unfold, local construction officials don't fear for the safety of their workers or the public passing beneath the 460-foot-tall structure on Bridge Street NW.


"It's a pretty safe operation. There's a lot of planning that goes in before a tower crane goes up," said Bruce Burgess, vice president of Wolverine Construction Management Co.



Big construction project completed ahead of schedule
When the Arizona Department of Transportation crews completed a major construction project earlier than expected last weekend, one official compared it to art.


"It was almost like watching a ballet of heavy equipment," said Tim Tait, community relations director for ADOT, who together with many others, watched the work. ADOT finished the demolition of the north side of the Carefree Highway Bridge at Interstate 17 and Carefree Highway more than 32 hours ahead of schedule. The demolition began on Friday and was scheduled to continue through 5 a.m. Monday.


Instead, the project was completed 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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