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Cranes & Access

Cargotec
Atlas
Penny Hydraulics
Latest News
BS EN 12999: 2020 - Published

BSI recently published the latest version of the European Standard for Loader Cranes, ‘BS EN 12999:2020 Cranes – Loader Cranes’. Being the first full revision of the Standard since 2011 (albeit with amendments made in 2012 and 2018), the new version comes with a wide range of changes.

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ALLMI Membership Webinars

ALLMI recently held its 2020 membership meetings for manufacturers, service companies, ancillary equipment suppliers and fleet owners. Taking place in the form of webinars, the meetings were a huge success, with all corners of the lorry loader industry being strongly represented.

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Covid-19 Impact Survey

Following the unprecedented events of this year, ALLMI recently carried out a membership survey to assess the impact of Covid-19 on the lorry loader industry.

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2021 Course Dates

ALLMI recently released its new course dates schedule for 2021. Being the UK’s only accrediting body to provide specialist training for each member of the lorry loader lifting team, as well as engineers, instructors and managers, ALLMI’s courses are approved by CSCS and delivered to the highest standard.

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Demand for Online Manager Training

With a new online format available (Appointed Person and Thorough Examiner only), ALLMI has experienced a recent boost in demand for its Manager courses, as companies across the lorry loader industry look to bolster their compliance with the requirements of PUWER 9.2:

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Slinger / Signaller Course Revision

Following record levels of uptake in 2019 with over 20% growth in registrations, demand for ALLMI’s industry recognised Slinger / Signaller course has continued to be strong this year, in spite of the unprecedented challenges.

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AP Course 10-Year Anniversary

In the Summer of 2010, timed with the launch of the revised BS7121 Part 4, ALLMI delivered its first ever Appointed Person (AP) course, a training programme that has gone on to have a significant impact on practices throughout the lorry loader industry.

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CAP 1096 Postponed

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has recently published ‘CAP 1096 Guidance to Crane Operators on Aviation Lighting and Notification’. Underpinned by the UK Air Navigation Order, CAP 1096 places duties on crane users to mitigate the risk of collisions with aircraft and was originally due to come into force on 1st October this year.

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ALLMI CoP Reminder

The ALLMI Code of Practice (CoP) contains the Statement of Commitment that ALLMI members sign up to, confirming they will work in accordance with applicable Standards and legislation, manufacturer guidelines, ALLMI guidance documents and good practice; as well as verifying employee training and safety, and the highest levels of professionalism, honesty and integrity. These are all guiding principles that have long formed the basis of ALLMI’s membership auditing system.

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Request for Industry Photographs

ALLMI recently contacted all members and training providers with a request for photographs of lorry loaders. Due to the images required for ALLMI’s numerous marketing channels, as well as its range of training material and guidance documentation, the Association needs to ensure it has a continually expanding and updated library of photographs to draw from.

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App Usage Increases

User sessions of the ALLMI App increased by 40% during the Association’s last financial year, further demonstrating its reputation as an invaluable industry tool. Impressive demand has continued in 2020 and thousands of industry stakeholders now use the ALLMI App to assist them in their day-to-day roles.

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BSI Distributor Status - Reminder

With Standards development being one of ALLMI’s core activities, the Association has a long-established and mutually valued relationship with the British Standards Institution (BSI), leading to a Distributor agreement being formed in 2019.

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The Importance of Product Familiarisation

ALLMI has long been highlighting the importance of product familiarisation and the problems that arise when this training is not provided to operators. ALLMI Technical Manager, Keith Silvester, comments “It’s important that we issue periodic industry reminders of the comprehensive guidance we have in place on this subject.”

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Pre-Operational Checks Campaign - Reminder

The effective maintenance of a lorry loader is an essential part of the equipment’s safe operation and pre-operational checks are a crucial element of this regime. Pre-operational checks are also a legal requirement and the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has the authority to issue on the spot fines for non-compliance.

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ALLMI ENA Partnership Reminder

ALLMI is partnering with the Energy Networks Association (ENA) to promote the organisation’s ‘Look Out, Look Up!’ campaign, which concerns the dangers of working near overhead power lines.

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Thorough Examiner Competency

Who can be considered competent to carry out a Thorough Examination? The LOLER ACoP defines a competent person as having “such appropriate practical and theoretical knowledge and experience of the lifting equipment to be thoroughly examined as will enable them to detect defects or weaknesses and to assess their importance in relation to the safety and continued use of the lifting equipment.”

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What Should a Report of Thorough Examination Contain?

The information contained within a Report of Thorough Examination should meet the requirements of Schedule 1 of the Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998.  However, a perennial concern of ALLMI members is the quality of documentation being issued within the wider lorry loader industry, because, in many given cases, such Reports fail to comply.

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