Mobile cranes delivered new in Europe since 1 May have changes to the operator's controls as a result of the 2010 amendment to the EN13000:2004 standard.

The amended European Standard in the Cranes and Lifting Equipment - Mobile Cranes category, EN 13000:2010, applies to all mobile cranes put onto the European market. Mobile cranes not delivered to the European market, without CE marking, will not be affected and the existing solution still applies.

Changes to comply with EN13000:2010 are as follows:

  • The override key must be outside of the operator's cabin.
  • Deadlocks can be overcome by a push button in the operator's cabin that releases some further load capacity at reduced speed.
  • When the override key is activated, the speed of movement is reduced.
  • All activation of the push button and override key, leading to loading condition in excess of the rated capacity, is recorded by a data logger.

Further information is available from national standards organisations in Europe.

Work is continuing with the European manufacturers' Federation FEM and worldwide user organisations, including Crane Industry Council of Australia (CICA), European Association of Heavy Haulage, Transport and Mobile Cranes (ESTA) and Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA), to develop one solution for application worldwide, taking into account comments given to the amendment, according to FEM.

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