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Latest News
ALLMI Operators’ Forum - 15 Year Anniversary!

15 years ago, having previously only granted membership to manufacturers, service companies and ancillary equipment suppliers, ALLMI opened its doors to fleet owners by establishing its Operators’ Forum division.

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Membership Subs Rebate

ALLMI has recently announced that it will provide a further 25% rebate against membership subscription fees, a move which follows an identical initiative by the Association in May 2020.

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UKCA Marking Guidance

As of 1st January, this year, UKCA marking is being phased in, replacing CE marking as a means of demonstrating product conformity.

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Guidance Notes Series

ALLMI’s forthcoming UKCA publication will soon be the latest addition to its wide-ranging Guidance Notes series, which spans numerous aspects of lorry loader use.

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Election Time

The UK’s only trade association devoted exclusively to the lorry loader industry recently concluded its annual election process for the positions of ALLMI Chairman and Operators’ Forum Chairman.

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Increased Demand for Crane Supervisor Training

Remarkably, given the events of 2020, demand for ALLMI’s Crane Supervisor training increased by 15% last year.

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CAP 1096 Trial Reminder

As previously reported, in September last year the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) delayed the implementation of its updated ‘CAP 1096 Guidance to Crane Users on Aviation Lighting and Notification’, a publication which places duties on crane operators to mitigate the risk of collisions with aircraft.

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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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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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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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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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