Posts Tagged ‘aem’

AEM Updates Mower Safety Manual

December 6, 2010 6 comments

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has extensively updated its industrial/agricultural mower safety manual – both the English only and Spanish/English versions. Types of equipment covered include rotary, folding wing rotary, flail, boom and sickle bar mowers as well as disc mowers, disc mower conditioners and self-propelled windrowers. (The AEM “disc mower” manual is now obsolete.)

The AEM Industrial/Agricultural Mower Safety Manual was developed under the direction of the association’s Industrial/Agricultural Mower Manufacturers Council. AEM safety manuals outline common sense “do’s and don’ts” in clear language and an easy-to-follow format, and they are a convenient and cost-effective way to provide in-house safety training.

The manual covers current industry practice in machine design and construction as well as up-to-date industry safety best practices for equipment preparation, operation, maintenance and transport. Enhancements include an expanded “safe maintenance” section, with a new section discussing mower blade maintenance; expanded discussion of “mower thrown objects” and “slope operation”; and use of newer safety design features and enhanced operator protection systems.

Full Article: Green Industry Pros

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Are Infastructure Jobs The Key To A Economic Recovery?

November 2, 2010 Leave a comment

There is a belief that an investment in infrastructure will drive economic growth. 

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and some of their partners in the construction business—have been telling Congress and the administration that if they are really serious about driving true economic recovery and job creation, infrastructure is where their focus should be.

Infrastructure investment is a proven economic engine with staying power—not only does it drive growth, it creates lasting benefits. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 30,000 jobs are created for every $1 billion spent on infrastructure. And a modernized infrastructure system will give America the competitive edge in the global economy while improving the lives of Americans for generations to come.

Stimulus money is nearing an end; state and local budgets continue to shrink; and with a slowing recovery, the prospects for a sustained rebound in sales and employment are weakening. But the stimulus was meant to be a short-term boost. Without longer-term funding certainty, state and local governments can’t adequately plan projects.

Investing in the rebuilding and modernization of our nation’s roads, bridges, railways, runways and transit systems is a strategy that Democrats and Republicans alike should be clamoring to support. Instead, caught up in partisan rancor, Congress has let a six-year bill expire while America falls behind other nations that are building infrastructure for future competition in the global marketplace. In the short term, this will continue to cost American jobs. In the long term, it will cost us our competitive advantage—and even more jobs.

Full Article: Industry Voices: Infrastructure Jobs Can Help Rebuild Economy

Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” backs the idea.

Rowe joined up with the “I Make America” campaign, an effort supported by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, to talk about strengthening domestic manufacturing jobs.

“I am the opposite of expert, I am a good sport, I am a perpetual apprentice and the only qualifications I really have are that I’ve been to most every state and I’ve had about 300 dirty jobs,” the TV host told Yeas & Nays, calling himself a “B-list” celebrity.

Full Article: Rowe touts ‘Dirty Jobs’ in Washington

Categories: Construction, News

Aerial Work Platform (AWP) Document On General Training Is In The Works

February 10, 2010 1 comment

Industry wide initiatives have sparked multiple Associations to team up to get an AWP educational document out.  

The American Rental Association (ARA), the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) and the Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) have joined forces for a first-of-its-kind industry initiative to develop an educational document to clarify what is required for general training and model-specific familiarization of aerial work platform (AWP) equipment.

More info on AWP document.

The purpose of this joint initiative and document is the increased safe use of AWP equipment and expanded risk management knowledge for use of these machines throughout the country.

Document released at The Rental Show [Rental Pulse]

Categories: News