Last year’s spate of deadly accidents dramatically underscored a lack of competency around cranes. Just out is a major revision to a classic reference manual that can help contractors, engineers and owners tighten up their rigging skills. Author, civil engineer and former ENR editor Joseph MacDonald has revisited jobsite planning, industry standards, hoisting methods, rigging techniques and equipment—from basic to advanced—while more than doubling the 60-year-old “Handbook of Rigging” ($99.95). Lead author MacDonald says he has rewritten 90% of the tome, which now stands at 792 pages. The book brings the reader up to speed on national regulations and industry
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.