Hitachi launches AC brushless hammer line designed for durability and comfort
Hitachi Power Tools introduces a new line of AC brushless SDS Max rotary hammers featuring Hitachi’s aluminum housing body (AHB) construction that delivers impressive internal and external durability. Select hammers in the line also incorporating user vibration protection (UVP) technology to minimize vibration transfer to the user.
This new line from Hitachi will lead the commercial industry in North America by delivering products that last longer due to reformative construction of the tool body and motor and also help reduce the risk of developing a vibration-related injury due to prolonged exposure to vibration from operating a hammer drill.
All-electric belt-drive pressure washer provides constant hot water
Mi-T-M Corporation introduces its HAE Series all-electric belt-drive pressure washers that feature a new style of heat exchanger cartridges to provide consistent and efficient hot water on demand. It delivers hot water on-demand while eliminating the need for constant cleaning and is designed for cleaning grease and oil from any surface. The pressure washer is hard-wired to a heat exchanger and features an industrial 6.0- or 8.0-hp. electric motor, triplex piston General pump, stainless-steel and brass unloader, external downstream detergent injector and stainless-steel base and frame with rubber isolators. The cartridge design and heat exchanger can produce a 120F to 130F temperature rise within three to five minutes. The pressure washer also features an adjustable thermostat, stainless-steel coils in aluminum casings and a powder-coated steel frame.
New OSHA rules in 2016 will affect construction companies
by Doug Heywood
Late last year, the United States Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs published its fall agenda for rule changes or additions for federal agencies in 2016; 31 of those rules relate directly to the regulations enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
While not all of these new rules or rule changes will go into effect immediately, several of the rules that are slated to become effective this year will have a significant impact for the construction industry specifically, as well as the wider business community. Here are the top five changes that construction companies and contractors need to be aware of in 2016:
1. OSHA’s fine structure increases 2. Enhanced definitions and training requirements for confined spaces 3. Increased safety responsibilities for companies using temporary labor 4. Final rule for silica exposure expected 5. Updated electronic recordkeeping and reporting regulations