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Industry Beat 18 | www.cedmag.com | Construction Equipment Distribution | October 2014 Atlas Copco Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Atlascopcosaurus "Not every company has a dinosaur species named after it," said Sofie Gielen, Atlas Copco's marketing communications director, in commemorating the 30th anniversary of the discovery of Atlascopco- saurus. "Three decades later, we're still extremely proud of the fact that our equipment helped unearth the fossil- ized skeleton of Atlascopcosaurus so it could be shared with the entire world." Atlascopcosaurus was estimated to be 6.5 to 13 feet long and weighed 276 pounds. The dinosaur belonged to the Hypsilophodontidae family and lived during the early Cretaceous Period. Scientists infer that it was a small, bipedal herbivore that would have foraged for its food and stayed out of the way of larger, carnivorous predators. Thomas H. Rich, Ph.D, a paleontologist from the Museum of Victoria, Australia, and Patricia Vickers- Rich from Monash University, Melbourne, discovered Atlascopcosaurus at Dinosaur Cove, a fossil-rich area on the southeast coast of Australia, close to Victoria. During Rich's first visit to the area in 1980, he and two colleagues revealed fragments of rock-embedded bone. Four years later, a group of hundreds of student volunteers, paleontology scientists and miners began excavations. The research group's equipment included Atlas Copco rock drills, pneumatic tools and compressors. The digging teams often worked in dark, narrow tunnels, which at times were muddy and slippery. The excavation site was located next to a steep cliff overlooking the sea, which complicated work even further. The fossils they were after were embedded in layers of sand, mud and clay that had been pressed together into hard rock for millions of years, according to some scientists. It was slow going, with the teams removing approxi- mately 66 pounds of hard rock for every two pounds of dinosaur bone. Ultimately, the excava- tion revealed Atlascopcosaurus loadsi. The specific name loadsi refers to Bill Loads, Atlas Copco's manager in Victoria, who made the decision to support the project. When Rich and Vickers-Rich named the fossil in 1989, they looked to the company whose equipment and expert assistance was so instrumental in the success of the dig. Rich said he was grateful for the support Atlas Copco provided and impressed with the reliability of the equipment. "It was because of that record of reliability that, in 2007, I insisted on using Atlas Copco equipment during a dinosaur excavation from permafrost in a tunnel on the North Slope of Alaska." Atlascopcosaurus was discov- ered in 1984 and named in honor of Atlas Copco's sup- port of archeological research. AED Joins Coalition to Request Rescission on OSHA Crane Operator &HUWLÀFDWLRQ*XLGDQFH AED joined a broad coalition on a letter to Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez requesting a rescis- sion of OSHA guidance on crane operator certification with the goal of reduction of crane accidents caused by operator error. The coalition unanimously agrees that the current certification requirements in 29 CFR 1926.1427 for "operator qualification and certification" would seri- ously undermine crane safety and that implementation of 1427(b)(2) would jeopardize the well-being of operators, other workers and the general public. The coalition is encouraging OSHA both to issue a revised regulation providing that the employer's training and qualification assessment remain the same as it has since the Act was created in 1970, and also to immedi- ately rescind the agency's guidance on certification by capacity and type. To support these requests, the letter highlighted the lack of underlying analysis to support the rule as well as the potential impact on business caused by its implementation. Above all, the small businesses with limited training budgets – and the highest fatality rates – are delaying certification actions until there is clear direction on requirements. With the Nov. 14 date of enforcement imminent, AED is continuing to support the coalition effort and working to minimize the regulatory burden of crane operator certification for our members and their customers.

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