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Cranes & Access

Cargotec
The Resources Group
Outrigger Pads
Product Familiarisation Guidance

Further to an industry-wide consultation process which took place throughout 2016, ALLMI has recently released its new guidance on Product Familiarisation.  

Having been developed in conjunction with both the ALLMI Operators’ Forum Executive Committee and the ALLMI Technical Standards Committee, the guidance provides a template form to be used by those carrying out product familiarisation, as well as a supporting document explaining each of the areas to be covered during the process.  

ALLMI Technical Manager, Keith Silvester, comments “There is a clear legal duty on the part of the employer and the employee for lorry loaders to be operated safely, and an important aspect of ensuring this is for the operator to be fully conversant with the lorry loader being used.  Therefore, the operator must not only undergo the appropriate basic training, but also receive machine familiarisation at the point of handover.”

He continues “It’s essential that the operator is familiarised with any features that are specific to that particular type of lorry loader, because with manufacturers continually improving their designs, experience of using one make / model of crane does not mean that an operator will be conversant with any other.”

ALLMI CEO, Tom Wakefield, adds “All parties need to understand the importance of product familiarisation and the significant problems that can occur when it does not take place, or when it is not carried out to the correct standard.  The importance of documenting the process should also be fully appreciated, and this includes situations where a customer declines the offer of familiarisation, in which case their response should be appropriately recorded and signed off.”  

The following are just some of the areas covered by ALLMI’s documentation:

  • Rated capacity load charts
  • Air suspension 
  • Control levers / remote controls 
  • Un-stowing / stowing functions
  • Stabiliser deployment / stowing 
  • Safety systems
  • Crane & attachment functions
  • Operator checks & maintenance
  • Documentation 

ALLMI’s product familiarisation guidance is freely available to all industry stakeholders.  Readers are, therefore, encouraged to contact the Association to obtain a copy of this documentation, or to request assistance in relation to this important topic.