Comprehensive training for all those working with cranes is an ideal most of us would sign up to. Despite this, the industry is still in catch up mode according to some training centres in the US and UK. Euan Youdale speaks to three of them
JLG has developed an on-line training system for its customers which will help them make the best use of their time. The Learning Management System allows customers to take on-line courses and maintain their training history for both on-line and classroom courses.
The NASC (National Access and Scaffolding Confederation) in the UK has published its guidance note TG20:08 - A Guide to good Practice for Scaffolding with Tubes and Fittings. It describes erection of that type of scaffolding to comply with European standard BS EN 12811-1, which supersedes BS 5973.
Miller by Sperian has been working with top arboriculture professionals to develop the Morpho belt. This is a triple leg loop belt designed to provide stability without compromising fluidity of movement.
South Africa’s Contractors Plant Hire Association (CPHA) has embarked on a major operator training programme using computer simulators to try to make up for the shortfall in operators caused in part by the high number of Aids/HIV-related deaths in the country.
Miller by Sperian, has added a new lanyard product to its edge-tested fall protection range. The Manyard is an addition to the company's edge-tested product range designed to prevent accidents caused by the breakage of fall protection connection elements on edges.
On hearing that the a town could lose its Christmas decorations due to health and safety concerns Philip Davies, head of public protection at Carmarthenshire County Council, Wales,UK consulted with The Ladder Association to find a solution.
From January 1 2009 Switzerland is tightening up the law which allows personnel to work at height by being lifted in a basket by a forklift truck. The practice can still continue but the circumstances in which it will be allowed have been greatly restricted.
In every access platform user manual there should be information about under which weather conditions it is safe to operate the machine, particularly important is wind strength and direction. Skyview Systems is a UK company specialising in wind warning and wind monitoring systems which can be employed by access platform and crane users to help prevent accidents.