Barnhart Crane and Rigging Registers Safe Year; Sees Expansion

Feb 3, 2003

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.)—Barnhart Crane and Rigging Co., a leading provider of heavy rigging and transportation solutions, maintained a busy, safe schedule during 2002, despite a down market.

While the power generation industry softened considerably during the year, Barnhart Crane & Rigging moved more than 1,800 power generation components in the 24 months ending in December 2002 by rail, water and road with a 99.995 percent reliability rate.

Displaying its versatility, Barnhart handled nearly 300 components by barge and conducted more than 30 lifts of steam turbines and generators utilizing the company’s proprietary Modular Lift Tower. The rigging experts at Barnhart set more than 270 turbines and generators with a 100 percent reliability rate.
“Safety comes first,” said Barnhart president Alan Barnhart. “We repeat that message daily. Safety is addressed at every scheduled meeting and at every project review.” Barnhart pointed out that each of the company’s branch offices has a safety officer who is responsible for ensuring compliance with not only OSHA requirements but with Barnhart’s rigorous standard operating procedures, as well.

“Each of our safety officers is tasked with employee training, record keeping and conducting safety audits monthly,” Barnhart said.

The company’s safety efforts are paying off. In 2002, Barnhart Crane and Rigging Company registered an OSHA Recordable Incident Rate of 1.50. The company’s Lost Time Incident Rate for the year was 0.0, and Barnhart’s workman’s compensation claims amounted to only $2,450 for more than 600,000 manhours.

During the year, Barnhart also doubled its number of offices nationwide from seven to 14, opening new branches or sales offices in Atlanta; Chicago; Decatur, Ala.; Houston; Orlando; Richmond; and West Monroe, La.

“We basically opened these new offices to provide better service to our clients,” said Jeff Latture, vice president of Barnhart’s Heaving Contracting. “By putting in place engineers and riggers who know these markets and the various players involved, we can reduce the delays and a lot of the red tape that are often encountered on the front end of jobs, and we can provide improved oversight during the job itself.”

Barnhart Crane & Rigging, established in 1969, is a leading national supplier of specialized heavy rigging and transportation solutions. The company, with 14 locations across the United States, also provides crane services, machinery moving and plant relocations, as well as project cargo logistics and heavy equipment storage at its 100-acre, 700,000-square-foot warehouse facility in Memphis, Tenn.

Barnhart Crane & Rigging, an ISO 9001 certified supplier, also operates terminal facilities at the Port of Memphis; Decatur, Ala.; and the deepwater Port of Mobile, Ala. For more information, visit

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