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Delegate places still available at LEEA Lifting & Rigging Conference Middle East, which takes place in Dubai on 14-15 December. Register via



LETTER FROM LIVERPOOL FROM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE Geoff Holden reflects on LiftEx, looks forward to new beginnings in Dubai and outlines technical team restructure.


There has been a restructuring of the ell, the dust technical team to allow team members to is still settling focus on key membership areas. Kevin Crilly after a great will relocate to Dubai in December 2015 LiftEx show here in to take over responsibility for the whole Liverpool. While we Middle East region and the LEEA facility in would have liked more Dubai. Kevin will retain responsibilities for visitors the ones that atthe Eastern Hemisphere but will be supported tended were, as always, by Rob Messenger as Manager South East the right ones and all Asia and Steve Bowron as Manager for Africa the exhibitors I spoke to reported a good and the Indian subcontinent. level of serious enquiries. With around The UK membership 30% of the floor space will be supported by a already sold for next year team of three technical in Aberdeen there is a officers with Keith Tonge lot of enthusiasm around becoming UK Country the LiftEx concept and we Manager covering are looking to see how northern and central we might promote similar England, working with exhibitions in other parts Bernie Winters in the of the world. South and Robert (Rory) After seemingly Rorison in the North endless forms and and Scotland. Denis bureaucracy, work has Hogan remains Regional begun on refitting the Manager (West) and will new LEEA office and be covering the Americas training centre in the and working together Dubai International with Bernie in mainland Academic City. Work will Europe. be complete by the end of The move of Rob the year and the official Messenger means that opening will take place on the work on the accredited Sunday 10 January 2016. "AFTER SEEMINGLY training scheme will be We will be having an open taken over by Scott Barnes house day where all ENDLESS FORMS AND who becomes Learning members are welcome BUREAUCRACY, WORK and Development Officer. to call in for coffee and to see the new facility HAS BEGUN ON REFITTING In that role he will also be contributing to the build at Office 310, third floor, THE NEW LEEA OFFICE of the remaining courses block 10, DIAC. Please AND TRAINING CENTRE for the new LEEA online come along and meet me learning portal. and the members of the IN DUBAI." The year is rushing team who will be based towards its end and time seems to fly by in Dubai. (I must be getting old). The whole LEEA We are holding members meetings in team have enjoyed the challenges of Sydney, Singapore and Dubai in December, 2015 and look forward to working with all with the Dubai members meeting being members during 2016. I wish all members immediately before the inaugural LEEA a Happy New Year and all success in the Lifting & Rigging Conference Middle East. coming year. We have a great line up of industry speakers covering a wide range of subjects, which should be of interest to all members. Full details can be found on the website.



quipment produced by Sheffield-based Mechan is helping Siemens Rail Systems UK bring to life its vision for the future of train maintenance. Two Mechan bogie drops have been installed at the new Three Bridges depot in London, which will be used as a blueprint for Siemens projects worldwide. Construction of the facility in Crawley forms part of the Thameslink upgrades to London’s commuter routes. It will accommodate 115 electric trains, due to enter service next year. Mechan’s bogie drops are installed within the depot floor, enabling bogies and under-car modules to be removed or exchanged without lifting or splitting carriages. Richard Carr, chief executive, Mechan, said: “To see our equipment playing such an integral role in this sophisticated maintenance environment makes us very proud. Reducing servicing times whilst increasing safety is vital for depot operators and our products deliver both.” Mechan has also supplied a further two bogie drops for the Hornsey depot in Haringey as part of the Thameslink project.

Mechan’s bogie drops are installed within the depot floor. Visit Our Online News Page LEEA regularly posts press releases and news items on the website at Recent stories cover the latest Diploma-level training course—Mobile Crane Examination; new LEEA Academy, Lifting Equipment General Diploma; and details about the association’s new Learning Management System.

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Delegate places still available at LEEA Lifting & Rigging Conference Middle East, which takes place in Dubai on 14-15 December. Register via

POWER JACKS LIFT ATHLETES TO NEW HEIGHTS P ower Jacks products have been utilised to provide a worldclass training facility for athletes at the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) High Performance Service Centre. The new facility, which opened in April 2015, was developed to meet the training requirements of Western Australia’s high performing athletes. A key part of the new facility is a mechanical decline runway. Engineering firm EL ES DE Engineering used two 300kN E-Series machine screw jacks in translating screw configuration, designed and manufactured by Power Jacks, to deliver a 45m ramp.

At the touch of a button, the runway can go from almost invisible within the floor to being elevated 1.5m high. Whether elevated or not, it is critical the surface remains firm and stable for athletes’ safety and performance. When in use, the ramp provides those training in specialist pole vault and long jump activities with opportunities to maximise training without the inconvenience of a fixed ramp. The elevated ramp allows the pole vaulter to generate a greater speed over a shorter distance, saving energy which can then be applied in performing the vault.

The centrepiece of the new facility is the mechanical decline runway.

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EEA staged a hugely successful LiftEx at the Liverpool Exhibition Centre on 11-12 November. The show featured a co-located conference for the first time in addition to the Innovation Fast Pitch Awards, that took place on the show floor. As is custom, LEEA subsequently held its AGM and dinner dance, where Oliver Auston, managing director, Checkmate Lifting & Safety Ltd, was named the association’s youngest chairman when he took over from past chairman, Kenny Wright, while LEEA’s new chairman, Paul Fulcher became incoming vice Oliver Auston, at LiftEx chairman. In his acceptance speech, Auston encouraged LEEA members to play a more proactive role in association matters and hailed this year’s “astonishing achievements” in opening a first permanent overseas base in the Middle East and the development of a “breathtaking” online learning management system. Auston said: “I am humbled by your support and I am more determined now than ever before to be a chairman you all believe in, with commitment, passion and conviction. Never hiding from the challenges our global membership faces today, tomorrow or in the future.” He added: “I believe in LEEA, its values, its ethics, the strength in our membership and the ability to influence a global audience and help reduce workplace accidents and fatalities by raising lifting standards worldwide. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as your youngest ever chairman and look forward to leading an association measured by what it delivers.” The LiftEx co-located conference took place on the second day of the show and featured a series of world-class presentations including a keynote from Ian Simpson, HM Principal Specialist Inspector of Health & Safety, Mechanical Engineering, at the UK’s Heath & Safety Executive (HSE). Loughborough University were crowned winners of the Innovation Fast Pitch Awards 2015 for its Aerodynamic Lifting Aid. A full report and overview of this year’s competition will follow in due course. LiftEx 2016 will take place on 23-24 November at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

SELECTED DATES FROM LEEAEVENTS.COM 17 May 2016 EIC Connect Middle East 2016 Following a hugely successful event in 2015. EIC Connect Middle East will return to Abu Dhabi in May 2016. The event encompasses a series of contractor briefings, one-to-one meetings, a full conference programme and exhibition covering opportunities and updates on major energy projects in the region.

15 & 16 June 2016 Vertikal Days, Haydock Park, United Kingdom Celebrating its 10th year, LEEA are exhibiting at Vertikal Days Stand MP12!

23 & 24 November 2016 LiftEx 2016 We are pleased to announce that LiftEx 2016, the UK’s leading lifting exhibition, will be coming to Scotland for the first time in its history.

14-15 December 2015 Lifting Rigging Shangri-La Hotel, Conference Dubai

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