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J. J. Keller Launches Online Content Platform

A leader in safety and compliance since 1953, J. J. Keller & Associates Inc. is excited to offer a new way for industry professionals to access and engage with its regulatory knowledge and expertise. The J. J. Keller Compliance Network is an online solution that delivers best-in-class content, tools and resources custom-tailored to the safety and regulatory needs of businesses in the workp…

LiftWise Introduces Hanging Tire Handler

The new HTH-1400 Hanging Tire Handler from LiftWise is a high-capacity machine for handling, controlling and maneuvering tires for reliable installation, removal or maintenance. With a capacity to lift tires weighing up to 1,400 pounds, the HTH-1400 is fully adjustable to handle tires between 30 and 53 inches in diameter, and up to 19 inches in width. The unique design of the HTH-1400 allows a …

Reading Truck Launches Contractor Body

Reading Truck, a premier truck equipment manufacturer and distributor, has expanded its truck body lineup with the introduction of its new Contractor Body. Designed with today’s contractors in mind, the Contractor Body reflects Reading Truck’s commitment to innovation, manufacturing excellence and customer needs. Reflecting decades of engineering expertise, Reading Truck’s new Contractor Body c…

EV Manufacturers to Provide Exclusive Updates at Work Truck Week

NTEA has added exclusive update sessions from five electric vehicle manufacturers to the Work Truck Week 2023 educational conference. These EV sessions join the dozen OEM updates previously announced. During the sessions, manufacturer representatives will cover important technical information about their vehicle chassis, design and powertrains. The EV update sessions will be held March 9. Parti…

DICA Acquires SlatTrax

DICA has acquired SlatTrax, the next generation of ground protection and temporary access road for a variety of markets, including general construction, utilities and public works departments. SlatTrax is an engineered ground protection solution that can be deployed mechanically or manually. Both options allow users to quickly deploy and retrieve the roadway. The company acquired SlatTrax from …

Transfer Flow Gas Replacement Fuel Tank System

Transfer Flow has introduced the first-in-the-nation gasoline high-capacity replacement fuel tank for 2020-22 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty short-bed, crew-cab pickups with 6.2-liter and 7.3-liter engines. The 58-gallon fuel tank system passed extensive emissions testing and has been granted an executive order from the California Air Resources Board. The larger fuel tank increases the truck’s…

4 Safety Tech Options to Consider for Aerial Devices and Digger Derricks

| Sean M. Lyden |
As you spec your next round of bucket trucks and digger derricks, what are some safety technologies that may not have been available for your previous orders but are now? UFP spoke with Altec’s (www.altec.com) Michael Newman, digger derrick market manager, and Ryan Hulleman, aerial device market manager, to get their advice. They recommended considering the following four safety tech options. B…

Looking at Fleet Management Through a Legal Lens

| Sean M. Lyden |
Aggressive driver behaviors. Improper use of equipment. Distracted driving. These are just a few issues that increase a utility fleet’s risk of preventable accidents that can lead to multimillion-dollar payouts and ignite a public relations firestorm. So, what can you do as a fleet manager to help protect drivers, the public and your company’s reputation? UFP recently spoke with defense attorne…

How Fleet Maintenance Can Advance Driver Safety 

| David Cullen |
Along with controlling the wide range of equipment costs that come with running a fleet, plus the need to maximize vehicle utilization and drivers’ time behind the wheel, every fleet maintenance program should be geared toward improving safety – to reduce operating costs and, above all, to decrease the risk exposure for fleet drivers and the motoring public. Even a minor maintenance issue that …

Con Edison: Fleet Safety Performance is a Collaborative Effort

| Sean M. Lyden |
A “close call” in late 2020 set things in motion to address a slip-and-fall hazard shortly after New York City’s energy provider, Con Edison, replaced 10 steel trailers with aluminum trailers. “An employee was trying to secure a load on a very windy day. But the aluminum surface was wet and slick,” Richard Stewart, ConEd’s environmental, health and safety (EHS) manager, recalled. “When this inc…

The State of EV Wireless Charging

| Gary L. Wollenhaupt |
As utilities adopt electric vehicles for their fleets, they face a fundamental question: wired or wireless charging? The decision could have long-term effects on the success of EV adoption. Electric utilities will be consulting with their customers on the same question. While EV plug-in charging stations are familiar sights thanks to Tesla, wireless charging is less well known. But it’s getting…

Top Trends in Utility Fleet Maintenance

| Grace Suizo |
Inflation is impacting all areas of the utility fleet industry, with a profound impact on maintenance and operating expenses, according to Amanda Kazemba, senior consulting analyst, business intelligence and analytics, for Holman (www.holman.com). “Overall, the cost to repair a vehicle is up approximately 20% as compared to 2020, and fleet operators should expect to see an additional 5 to 10% i…

10-Point Checklist for Spec’ing Strobe Lights for Utility Fleet Applications

| Sean M. Lyden |
Most vehicles in a utility fleet have strobe lights to protect workers and the public from a collision with a stationary vehicle. But with numerous strobe options to consider, how do you evaluate what will work best for your fleet? UFP spoke with Nebraska Public Power District’s fleet superintendent, Rob Barbur, and fleet supervisor, TK Rayburn Jr., to get their advice. They shared these 10 poi…

Crash Analysis: A Personal Story

I started the analysis almost right away out of habit. Actually, “right away” means later that day. First, we had to escape the burning truck. That was easier said than done because we were all unconscious from the impact. Let’s start from the beginning. Just a few months ago, on September 2, the Friday before Labor Day, my wife and I were moving her sister to Georgia to live with her daughter….

3 Books for Building the Right Habits for Growth in 2023 and Beyond

If you’re reading UFP, the odds are you’re growth-minded and have specific career goals you’d like to achieve in 2023. But will you follow through? After all, most of us abandon our New Year’s resolutions by February. So, how can you defy the odds and maintain the discipline you need to keep working toward your goals throughout the next year? These three books can help. 1. “Atomic Habits” by Ja…

Dynamic Introduces 28-Piece Insulated Tool Set

The Dynamic tool brand has introduced a 28-piece insulated tool set to meet the growing needs of commercial and residential electricians, industrial maintenance professionals, mobile/field service technicians and electric vehicle mechanics. Each tool within the set has been tested to 10,000 AC and is VDE certified to 1,000 VAC in compliance with IEC 60900. Dynamic’s new insulated tool set inclu…

Felling Trailers Releases Re-Engineered Utility Reel Series

The Felling Trailers’ Utility Cable Reel “R” series model lines have undergone design modifications to increase operator safety and ease of use. The most significant update to the model design is the auto-locking reel bar system, which eliminates the use of pins and brackets; it now utilizes a locking plate system. The R series product line offers payload capacities ranging from 1,740 pounds to…

Upper Midwest Utility Fleet Managers Conference 2022

Upper Midwest Utility Fleet Council Fall 2022 Meeting October 17-19, 2022 in Red Wing, MN Kurt Moreland of UFP recently attended the UMUFC (Upper Midwest Utility Fleet Managers Conference) at the Treasure Island Conference Center outside of Red Wing, MN. The event was two days long and included vendor presentations as well as engaging roundtable discussions on challenges faced in the industry…

Hot Shot’s Secret Winter Defense

Hot Shot’s Secret Everyday Diesel Treatment (EDT) is the No. 1 selling diesel fuel conditioner in retail. Now, Hot Shot’s Secret is introducing a new complementary formulation developed specifically for use during cold weather. EDT+ Winter Defense provides all the benefits of EDT fuel additive, including improved power, performance and mpg. Additionally, it prevents gelling and icing when tempe…

Robert Herjavec to Deliver Keynote at Work Truck Week 2023

Get tips on resilience, building the will to win and using challenges as motivation from one of North America’s most recognizable business leaders – Robert Herjavec – at Work Truck Week 2023. The entrepreneur, author and star of “Shark Tank” will be the keynote speaker at the NTEA Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 9, 2023. Work Truck Week is North America’s largest work truck event. Held at the…

J. J. Keller Launches Online Content Platform

A leader in safety and compliance since 1953, J. J. Keller & Associates Inc. is excited to offer a new way for industry professionals to access and engage with its regulatory knowledge and expertise. The J. J. Keller Compliance Network is an online solution that delivers best-in-class content, tools and resources custom-tailored to the safety and regulatory needs of businesses in the workplace safety, transportation, environmental, human resources and other industries. While visitors to the Compliance Network website can try a number of features for free, those who purchase a …

LiftWise Introduces Hanging Tire Handler

The new HTH-1400 Hanging Tire Handler from LiftWise is a high-capacity machine for handling, controlling and maneuvering tires for reliable installation, removal or maintenance. With a capacity to lift tires weighing up to 1,400 pounds, the HTH-1400 is fully adjustable to handle tires between 30 and 53 inches in diameter, and up to 19 inches in width. The unique design of the HTH-1400 allows a tire to be easily and precisely positioned by a single operator, maximizing productivity and efficiency for any application. The unit securely clamps to the tire and can rotate it 90 degrees from a…

Reading Truck Launches Contractor Body

Reading Truck, a premier truck equipment manufacturer and distributor, has expanded its truck body lineup with the introduction of its new Contractor Body. Designed with today’s contractors in mind, the Contractor Body reflects Reading Truck’s commitment to innovation, manufacturing excellence and customer needs. Reflecting decades of engineering expertise, Reading Truck’s new Contractor Body comes equipped with many of the features that customers expect from Reading Truck, including A60 galvannealed steel construction, e-coat primer and powder-coat finish. Available in 10-foot and 12-f…

EV Manufacturers to Provide Exclusive Updates at Work Truck Week

NTEA has added exclusive update sessions from five electric vehicle manufacturers to the Work Truck Week 2023 educational conference. These EV sessions join the dozen OEM updates previously announced. During the sessions, manufacturer representatives will cover important technical information about their vehicle chassis, design and powertrains. The EV update sessions will be held March 9. Participating manufacturers are Cenntro Automotive Corp.; Lion Electric; Lordstown Motors; VIA Motors Inc.; and Xos Inc. Other OEM update sessions begin March 7 and run through March 9. Participating…

DICA Acquires SlatTrax

DICA has acquired SlatTrax, the next generation of ground protection and temporary access road for a variety of markets, including general construction, utilities and public works departments. SlatTrax is an engineered ground protection solution that can be deployed mechanically or manually. Both options allow users to quickly deploy and retrieve the roadway. The company acquired SlatTrax from Gary Ringus, who was the founder and owner. DICA has assumed all ongoing operations for the SlatTrax brand, and Ringus remains involved, working as a consultant and a manufacturer’s representative …

Transfer Flow Gas Replacement Fuel Tank System

Transfer Flow has introduced the first-in-the-nation gasoline high-capacity replacement fuel tank for 2020-22 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty short-bed, crew-cab pickups with 6.2-liter and 7.3-liter engines. The 58-gallon fuel tank system passed extensive emissions testing and has been granted an executive order from the California Air Resources Board. The larger fuel tank increases the truck’s driving range, allowing the driver to bypass more expensive fuel stations and fill up where gas is cheaper. It also reduces the need to refuel the truck as often. The reduced number of refueling e…

| Sean M. Lyden |

4 Safety Tech Options to Consider for Aerial Devices and Digger Derricks

As you spec your next round of bucket trucks and digger derricks, what are some safety technologies that may not have been available for your previous orders but are now? UFP spoke with Altec’s (www.altec.com) Michael Newman, digger derrick market manager, and Ryan Hulleman, aerial device market manager, to get their advice. They recommended considering the following four safety tech options. But before we dive in, a quick disclaimer: Although Newman and Hulleman speak specifically about their company’s products, you can look for similar safety systems from other manufacturers. This a…

| Sean M. Lyden |

Looking at Fleet Management Through a Legal Lens

Aggressive driver behaviors. Improper use of equipment. Distracted driving. These are just a few issues that increase a utility fleet’s risk of preventable accidents that can lead to multimillion-dollar payouts and ignite a public relations firestorm. So, what can you do as a fleet manager to help protect drivers, the public and your company’s reputation? UFP recently spoke with defense attorney John O. Radeck Jr., a partner at Charleston, South Carolina-based Hood Law Firm (www.hoodlaw.com), for his legal perspective on how fleet managers can improve safety and reduce risk exposure f…

| David Cullen |

How Fleet Maintenance Can Advance Driver Safety 

Along with controlling the wide range of equipment costs that come with running a fleet, plus the need to maximize vehicle utilization and drivers’ time behind the wheel, every fleet maintenance program should be geared toward improving safety – to reduce operating costs and, above all, to decrease the risk exposure for fleet drivers and the motoring public. Even a minor maintenance issue that is deferred or, worse, never noted on an inspection can snowball risk to your drivers and other motorists if left unresolved. Maintenance and safety clearly dovetail in the inspection and care give…

| Sean M. Lyden |

Con Edison: Fleet Safety Performance is a Collaborative Effort

A “close call” in late 2020 set things in motion to address a slip-and-fall hazard shortly after New York City’s energy provider, Con Edison, replaced 10 steel trailers with aluminum trailers. “An employee was trying to secure a load on a very windy day. But the aluminum surface was wet and slick,” Richard Stewart, ConEd’s environmental, health and safety (EHS) manager, recalled. “When this incident was brought to our attention, we had to find a solution.” In many types of organizations, you’ll see a lot of finger-pointing, blame-shifting and throwing people under the proverbial bus w…

| Gary L. Wollenhaupt |

The State of EV Wireless Charging

As utilities adopt electric vehicles for their fleets, they face a fundamental question: wired or wireless charging? The decision could have long-term effects on the success of EV adoption. Electric utilities will be consulting with their customers on the same question. While EV plug-in charging stations are familiar sights thanks to Tesla, wireless charging is less well known. But it’s getting ready for its time in the spotlight. Wireless charging simplifies EV operations. Just park over a charging pad and then drive on – no plugging or unplugging is required. Wireless or inductive c…

| Grace Suizo |

Top Trends in Utility Fleet Maintenance

Inflation is impacting all areas of the utility fleet industry, with a profound impact on maintenance and operating expenses, according to Amanda Kazemba, senior consulting analyst, business intelligence and analytics, for Holman (www.holman.com). “Overall, the cost to repair a vehicle is up approximately 20% as compared to 2020, and fleet operators should expect to see an additional 5 to 10% in 2023 as well – and potentially beyond,” she said. Factor in the increased costs of raw materials, an ongoing labor shortage, repair facilities struggling with their own parts and labor shortag…

| Sean M. Lyden |

10-Point Checklist for Spec’ing Strobe Lights for Utility Fleet Applications

Most vehicles in a utility fleet have strobe lights to protect workers and the public from a collision with a stationary vehicle. But with numerous strobe options to consider, how do you evaluate what will work best for your fleet? UFP spoke with Nebraska Public Power District’s fleet superintendent, Rob Barbur, and fleet supervisor, TK Rayburn Jr., to get their advice. They shared these 10 points. 1. Configuration How do you determine the optimal configuration for installing strobe lights? It depends on the vehicle type. NPPD, for example, specs different strobe packages for pi…

Crash Analysis: A Personal Story

I started the analysis almost right away out of habit. Actually, “right away” means later that day. First, we had to escape the burning truck. That was easier said than done because we were all unconscious from the impact. Let’s start from the beginning. Just a few months ago, on September 2, the Friday before Labor Day, my wife and I were moving her sister to Georgia to live with her daughter. We were cruising at the Interstate 10 speed limit near Slidell, Louisiana. I was towing a 4,000-pound U-Haul trailer behind my Ford F-150 SuperCrew. Gwen, my wife of 33 years, was in the passenger…

3 Books for Building the Right Habits for Growth in 2023 and Beyond

If you’re reading UFP, the odds are you’re growth-minded and have specific career goals you’d like to achieve in 2023. But will you follow through? After all, most of us abandon our New Year’s resolutions by February. So, how can you defy the odds and maintain the discipline you need to keep working toward your goals throughout the next year? These three books can help. 1. “Atomic Habits” by James Clear This book offers a proven framework for improving – every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you e…

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