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Card checks aren’t enough: New draft guidance on operator competence
14 June, 2013
The UK Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group has launched a public consultation on a new guidance document, Management of Plant Operator Competence, produced in collaboration with the Construction Plant-hire Association. The guidance stresses managers need to do more than just check operators cards.
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Work begins on Vauxhall crane recovery
Monday, January 21, 2013 The owners of a crane damaged in a fatal London helicopter crash last week have begun recovery of the crane, using a giant Ainscough Terex TC 2800-1 lattice boom truck crane.
Helicopter crash leaves two dead, jib hanging
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 A helicopter has crashed into a crane in London, killing two people, and leaving parts of the jib hanging over a busy city street.
Singapore and Malaysian regulators speak at Cranes Asia
Thursday, August 23, 2012 The programme for Cranes Asia, Cranes Today's annual Singapore-based conference, has just been finalised, with the late addition of regulators from Singapore and Malaysia.
Cutting through the BS
Monday, June 25, 2012 A new revision to the British Standard for cranes will clarify guidance on inspection, maintenance and thorough examination of overhead cranes, emphasise scheduling testing and inspection to crane usage, and lay the ground work for a dedicated overhead crane standard. Will North reports
SORL to supply 70% of Zoomlion truck crane braking systems
Friday, January 13, 2012 Zoomlion has awarded auto parts manufacturer Ruili Group Ruian Auto Parts Company a ‘Class A supplier’ rating, allowing the firm to supply 70% of the manufacturers truck crane braking systems.
Scaffolder fined £40k after worker paralysed
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 Bury, UK, firm Spectra Scaffolding has been fined £40,000 by Stoke-On-Trent Crown Court and ordered to pay £45,000 costs after a worker was paralysed in a crane accident.
CRC/ICHC 2012 to be held in New Orleans
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 New Orleans has been announced as the setting for this year’s two-day jointly held Crane & Rigging Conference/Industrial Crane & Hoist Conference (CRC/ICHC), scheduled to start on 23 May.
Counterfeit clamp down headed by machinery associations
Monday, December 12, 2011 A market surveillance initiative has been launched by seven European machinery industry trade associations to promote the effective monitoring of goods sold on the European market and strengthen regulatory compliance.
ALLMI releases training DVD on the safe use of lorry loaders
Thursday, November 24, 2011 The Association of Lorry Loader Manufacturers and Importers (ALLMI) in the UK has released a training DVD with reference documents to help eliminate overturning and other common lorry loader accidents.
New crane inspector certification programme from NCCCO
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 A crane inspector certification programme has been developed by the NCCCO in conjunction with the Crane Certification Association of America (CCAA), offering inspectors of tower, mobile and overhead cranes distinct certifications.
Ex-Modulift chair sets up lift assurance and design venture
Tuesday, November 08, 2011 Former Modulift chairman Nick Latham has set up a new consultancy and lift engineering venture offering lifting safety and engineering services for the on and offshore lifting sector.
Bigge sells Standfast’s TRAM
Monday, October 31, 2011 Safety equipment provider Standfast has sealed a deal with rental firm Bigge, who will sell and install its Travel Restraint Access Module (TRAM) fall restraint system for North American cranes.
HSE warns on high voltages after crane service accident
Thursday, September 15, 2011 After maintenance workers were seriously injured while working on a dockside crane, UK health and safety regulator, the HSE, has warned that high voltage cranes should be clearly labeled and staff working on them should be properly trained.
New Zealand Crane Group target world-class safety
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 New Zealand Crane Group is improving safety procedures for its riggers and operators by fitting fall protection systems to every all-terrain crane in its fleet with a lifting capacity over 80t.
Manufacturers back CECE guide tackling illegal tower cranes
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 A new guide to help inexperienced crane buyers identify whether or not a tower crane is compliant with EU legislation has been released by the Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE).
NY judge: ‘Rapetti caused crane collapse’
Thursday, July 21, 2011 William Rapetti, the master rigger responsible for erecting a tower crane at East 51st Street New York that collapsed during a climbing operation in 2008, killing seven people, has had his rigger and operator licenses revoked. Rapetti was acquitted of manslaughter charges, but still faces civil action. A judge considering his license found that Rapetti’s failures had caused the collapse.
CPA launches consultation period for operator medical fitness guide
Friday, July 01, 2011 At the Vertikal Days exhibition on 23 June, the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group launched the public consultation period for the its latest guidance: Medical Fitness to Operate Construction Plant.
New safe lifting guidance for Singapore
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 A National Crane Safety Taskforce working group from Singapore’s Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council has this month released guidance for achieving minimum safety standards during lifting operations in Singapore.
Certex invests in 1,200t pull testing bench
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 Lifting gear distributor Certex International has completed installation of a 1,200t capacity test bench in a purpose-built facility belonging to subsidiary Peter Harbo AS at the Port of Esbjerg, Denmark.

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