Utility Contractor

MAR-APR 2018

As the official magazine of NUCA, Utility Contractor presents the latest information affecting every aspect of the utility construction industry, including technological advancements, safety issues, legislative developments and instructional advice.

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40 Utility Contractor | March/April 2018 PRODUCTS Doosan DX300LC-5 Crawler Excavator The Doosan DX300LC-5 crawler excavator is popular in utility applications be- cause of its performance in the mid-size excavator class, boasting a 266-net-horse- power diesel engine and maximum dig depth of nearly 24 feet. A standard feature called Smart Power Control (SPC) helps reduce fuel consumption by as much as 7 percent, minimizing operation costs for owners. DX300LC-5 excavators provide exceptional visibility for the operator with standard rearview and sideview cameras, which can be beneficial when working on crowded jobsites or utility projects with limited space around the excavator and workers. Web: DoosanEquipment.com. GrabSafe Ladder Attachment The GrabSafe is an attachment for extension ladders to allow step-through to reduce the hazard of stepping to the side of ladders. It automatically provides 3-ft extension as required by OSHA for access and dismounting. It reduces the potential for OSHA citations now 50% of all OSHA ladder citations for failure to extend the ladder side rails. Workers unanimously agree on the comfort of using the GrabSafe. Holding the side rails is far less efficient than the rungs according to published research at the University of Michigan and University of Pittsburgh. Muddy environments increase the chance of boots sliding and workers falling. Benefits include: Now aluminum construction at half the weight (12 lbs); Step-through access – no more dangerous side-stepping onto roof/platform; Horizontal rungs to securely grab for optimal grip; Getting back onto ladder is a breeze, feels secure; Provides the OSHA- required 3-ft extension above the roof/platform surface every time; Angled at 15 degrees – keeps extension vertical; Compatible with almost every extension ladder. Web: fallsafety.com. InfraMarker RFID Markers Berntsen International's connected InfraMarker solution makes it easier than ever to precisely locate underground utilities and relay data, photos and videos from the field to the office. InfraMarker's RFID-enabled markers are buried with underground pipelines. The system's mapping software, visual aids such as photos and a magnetic locator guide field operators to the exact location of underground assets. An RFID reader verifies the location before digging. This degree of certainty is crucial to public safety and not always possible with traditional utility locating methods. InfraMarker's digital connectivity is a game-changer for utility locators and power companies. Field technicians can view an asset's history using the system's mobile app on an iOS or Android device. Records of every 'read' and new documentation — text, photos and videos — are relayed from the field to a company's asset management system. Web:www.berntsen.com. Kohler Engine Reduces Carbon Monoxide Emissions With demand for more fuel efficient, low-emission engines on the rise, Kohler has rolled out its ECH440LE Command PRO EFI. The new engine reduces Carbon Monoxide (CO) emissions by 75 percent when compared to comparable Kohler carbureted engines under similar loads and duty cycles. The ECH440LE, ideal for portable generator applications, significantly low- ers potentially harmful emissions without impacting overall generator performance. The Kohler ECH440LE Command PRO engine features the company's closed-loop EFI system as well as an integrated catalytic exhaust system. These systems combine to help significantly lower Carbon Monoxide emissions. Web: KohlerPower.com

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