The OETIO campus in Oakville welcomed a new piece of equipment to the training facility on Tuesday, October 22, with the delivery of the Liebherr LTM 1050-3.1.

On hand for its arrival was business manager Mike Gallagher, president Joe Redshaw, vice-president and OETIO acting executive director Joe Dowdall, and director of training & apprenticeship Brian Alexander.

Funding for the crane was provided, in part, by the $936,162 grant OETIO was awarded in April 2018 under the Government of Canada’s Union Training and Innovation Program.

The Liebherr LTM 1050-3.1 is a three axle all-terrain (AT) crane with a maximum hoisting capacity of 50 tons. It features a three-section, 38 metre main boom plus a 9 to 16 metre bi-fold swing-away extension.

The crane will be a welcome addition to the Oakville fleet. It features some of the latest technology available, including Liebherr’s VarioBase system.

In many real-world instances, operators struggle with having enough space to fully extend all outrigger beams to properly set up the crane. VarioBase allows the operator to set up the crane with an infinite range of outrigger configurations and the program calculates the maximum hoisting capacities based on outrigger placement. The crane operator can then concentrate fully on the lift.

The hope is that this technology will reduce the number of incidents and accidents which can occur as a result of improper crane set up. It should prove to be a big and positive step forward for the industry.