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Hand-held danger
At least 50 countries have banned the use of a cell phone when driving unless used with some form of hands-free kit.
ECED to offer direct membership to dealers
The European Confederation of Equipment Distributors (ECED) is to offer direct membership of the organisation to independent equipment distributors for the first time.
Former NDA executive director dies
William (Bill) Baker, the National Demolition Association’s first executive director, has sadly died after suffering a stroke on 5th June 2008.
The passing of Sidney Hunt Snr
Sidney Hunt Snr was one of the leading lights of the UK demolition industry in the last 50 years
Calls for new safety standards
Industry associations in the US held a press conference last week to announce their support for rigorous new standards following two fatal tower crane accidents in New York City this year
ESTA launches safety charter
ESTA has joined the international move towards a safer crane industry with its own charter, launched at the association's annual awards ceremony and dinner last week
Roman summer
The EDA’s Summer 2008 conference in Rome in May brought a record attendance and a record number of sponsors. D&Ri reports
Real life emissions testing
The European Commission is researching ways of measuring engine emissions from construction machines under real-life conditions, rather than relying on laboratory tests. CECE reports.
The future of reduced VAT in Europe
The Commission is now in favour of permanently allowing reduced rates of VAT for private repair and maintenance work. FIEC is now focussing its efforts on Member States to ensure those opposed to reduced VAT do not de-rail the legislation.
2009 ERA convention heads to the UK
The 2009 Convention of the European Rental Association (ERA) is to be held in the UK, announced ERA president Gerard Deprez at last week’s ERA Convention in Amsterdam.
ERA Awards success
Last night’s inaugural European Rental Awards, taking place alongside the first International Rental Exhibition in the RAI Centre, Amsterdam, saw Cramo and KDM Hire carry off the two most prestigious awards of the evening.
ESTA Awards triumph
More than 300 industry experts gathered in the Netherlands last night for the annual ESTA awards ceremony and dinner. The event was at the famous Okura Hotel in Amsterdam during the first International Rental Exhibition.
SC&RA celebrates 60 years
A primary theme at the 2008 SC&RA Annual Conference was the celebration of the Association's 60th Anniversary. Terry White reports
EIC takes stand on corruption
European International Contractors (EIC), a trade association that represents European contractors working outside their national boundaries, has published a draft position paper on corruption prevention.
H&S Campaign
A new 2-year campaign by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work could help reduce accidents and fatalities in the construction industry by promoting and demystifying ‘risk assessment.’ FIEC will play an active part in the campaign
Growth again
The European market for construction equipment grew again last year and, according to the latest CECE economic report, exports once again accelerated.
Russian representation
The start of this year saw the first ever construction equipment trade association in Russia established. The group aims to lobby on technical issues, establish statistical exchanges and work on trade issues.
REACH impact
The new REACH legislation on chemicals will mean construction companies and workers are given more information about the risks associated with materials they deal with. FIEC is involved in initiatives to ensure this is done effectively, and that information can travel up and down the supply chain.
Keeping global markets open
In a speech earlier this year, Charlie McCreevy, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, noted that in times of big changes and uncertainties, globalisation is increasingly perceived as a threat.
Annual at 60
SC&RA celebrates 60 Years of Excellence at the 2008 Annual Conference in Bonita Springs, Florida, US. Terry White reports
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