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Loader Cranes Under 4tm

ALLMI has added to its range of industry Guidance Notes with the publication of ‘GN035 Loader Cranes Under 4tm’.

Whilst primarily aimed at those who import, thoroughly examine, or own and operate loader cranes, the document will also be of interest to anyone deemed as a duty holder under LOLER or PUWER.

The guidance stems from the fact that under the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 (in Great Britain) and the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC (in the European Union, where the majority of loader crane manufacturers are based), several exceptions are permitted regarding the design and construction of machinery. European Standard, EN 12999, provides a means of compliance with these regulations and details specific exemptions for loader cranes under 4tm, covering issues such as stability monitoring, rated capacity limiters, hoists, manual extensions and control stations. 

ALLMI Technical Manager, Keith Silvester, comments “There are various exceptions for loader cranes of this type that it’s necessary to clarify and raise awareness of.  Furthermore, sections 4 and 5 of the Guidance Note highlight an important issue concerning rated capacity plates which is specific to loader cranes under 4tm built to previous versions of EN 12999 (i.e. those prior to EN 12999 2020).” 

He continues “We would encourage all industry stakeholders to contact us for a complimentary copy of the Guidance Note and to let us know if they have any queries.”