Watch out for non-compliant equipment warns Terex Cranes

By Euan Youdale07 September 2011

Terex Cranes has reiterated its concerns over non-compliant construction machinery that is imported, sold and used in the European Union (EU).

"It is a source of unfair competition, compromises safety, and undermines the investments in research and development of bona fide manufacturers," said a Terex spokesman. To address this, Terex Cranes contributed to the first guide dedicated to the identification of non-compliant tower cranes, in collaboration with the Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE), and the European Materials Handling Industry.

The guide, published in June, serves as an easy to use reference for crane buyers and users, as well as regulatory authorities. It provides essential criteria that can be checked without in-depth knowledge and technical information to help distinguish between compliant and non-compliant tower cranes, according to current EU legislation and valid safety and environmental requirements.

Items covered by the guide include crane markings, documents, component combinations, noise emissions, additional safety equipment, warnings/labels and user instructions. Each item is explained in straightforward terms and illustrated by diagrams and photos to help users identify the difference between compliant and non-compliant cranes.

"The presence of non-compliant machines in the EU is a real issue. Thanks to the fruitful cooperation established within the CECE Tower Cranes section, which gathers today's leading manufacturers, this new guide is the first reliable reference currently available," said Ralf Wezel, CECE secretary general. "We recommend its use to the national customs and market surveillance authorities and by anyone in the process of buying or using a tower crane."

The CECE Machine Compliancy Guide can be downloaded by clicking here.

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