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Cranes & Access

Kinshofer
Atlas
Palfinger 5 (Video)
ALLMI Milestones - Operators’ Forum

As part of marking ALLMI’s 40th Anniversary, we continue to report on the Association’s numerous milestones from the last four decades, this time by taking a look at the establishment of the Operators’ Forum in 2006.

Having only ever granted membership to manufacturers, service companies and ancillary equipment suppliers since its formation in 1978, 12 years ago ALLMI opened its doors to fleet owners by founding the Operators’ Forum division. The move has proved to be a great success, playing a significant role in the growth and development of the Association, and further enabling it to raise standards throughout the lorry loader industry.

ALLMI CEO, Tom Wakefield, comments “In 2005, we received interest from several fleet owners regarding membership, and this coincided with discussions we were already having concerning ways in which we could expand the Association and be even more effective in achieving our core objectives. The solution was obvious and in February 2006 we held the inaugural meeting of the Operators’ Forum. Since then, the Forum has gone from strength to strength and it now comprises approximately 50% of ALLMI’s membership.”

Steve Frazer-Brown, Health & Safety Director for David Watson Transport, has been the Chairman of the Operators’ Forum since its inception. He adds “ALLMI has always done an excellent job of improving industry practices, but there’s no doubt that incorporating fleet owners into the membership enhanced its ability to take this further, as it facilitates an even greater interchange of ideas and opinions, and as such the identification of important issues affecting safety.”

Recent years have seen particularly impressive increases in Forum membership numbers, as well as those for ALLMI as a whole. This growth shows no signs of slowing, as the Association’s 2017/18 financial year results confirmed another excellent period in terms of manufacturers / service companies and fleet owners joining. Demand has also continued into 2018/19, with a record number of membership applications currently pending.

Tom Wakefield continues “It’s increasingly the case that companies operating outside of the membership are seeing the significant benefits of joining ALLMI. Membership status adds a great deal of credibility to any business; the stringent joining process, as well as ongoing auditing, guidance and support, means that the ALLMI logo really does signify quality, safety and standards, whether it’s in relation to crane installations, service and repair, or the running of lorry loader fleets. We would encourage any company involved with lorry loaders to contact us in order to learn more about being part of the Association, because whilst we are delighted with the strides taken over the last 40 years, we remain focused on continued progress and expansion, to ensure that best practice and the highest standards reach every part of the industry.”

For information on membership of ALLMI, please click here.