Aviation safety methods to be shared at WCTS

By Murray Pollok06 August 2019

At the World Crane and Transport Summit (WCTS) in November Blanca Claeyssens, a former airline captain and pilot instructor, will highlight safety strategies from the aviation industry that can be applied in heavy lifting and specialized transport.

Claeyssens, managing director at ASA France, a risk mitigation and insurance claims business, has more than 20 years’ experience in aviation, flying Boeing 737 and 767 aircraft and training cockpit and cabin crews on safety techniques.


Blanca Claeyssens, ASA France

She will focus on aviation best practices and outline the importance of communication. Her presentation will show the implications when situational awareness is lost during a heavy lift and transport project.

“Aviation has made significant progress over the last 60 years, with zero accidents in 2017, the safest year on record for commercial air travel”, says Claeyssens.

“Our project cargo industry has a long way to go to match that, but the established techniques from aviation can be transferred to our industry and help us close the gap.”

WCTS, which is organised by KHL Group and International Cranes and Specialized Transport, takes place in Amsterdam on 13 and 14 November. To see more details on the programme and to book your place, see www.khl-wcts.com

Other conference participants include:

  • Fabio Belli (Fagioli) (KEYNOTE SPEAKER)
  • Erich Sennebogen (Sennebogen)
  • Diederick Nelissen (McKinsey & Co)
  • Gert Hendrickx (Sarens)
  • Chris Sleight (Off-Highway Research)
  • Iffet Türken (Kässbohrer)
  • Oliver Fries (WireCo)
  • Nick Lamb (Cleveland Bridge)
  • Peter Gibbs (Ainscough Crane Hire)
  • Klaus Meissner (Tadano Demag Mobile Cranes).

The event is supported by ESTA and the SC&RA.

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