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IN THIS ISSUE: MOBILE CRANE DIPLOMA LiftEx CONFERENCE LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM CARDIFF ROADSHOW AND MORE!
DESCENDING ON DUBAI Delegates, sponsors and exhibitors book their places ahead of LEEA Lifting & Rigging Conference Middle East this December.
elegates from Dubai and elsewhere in the UAE are continuing to register for the first LEEA Lifting & Rigging Conference Middle East, which takes place at the Shangri-La Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, 14-15 December 2015. Following the success of LEEA’s recent conference of the same format in Singapore this June, the prospect of two days of presentations and networking for lifting industry professionals working with cranes, hoists and rigging equipment in the Middle East has been embraced by professionals in the emirates and beyond. Two days of educational, technical presentations will once again be punctuated by refreshments and networking amongst tabletop exhibits showing the wares of lifting and rigging equipment suppliers. Headline presenters will include representatives of LEEA, IPAF, Industrial Training International and Modulift, while members of the end user community will also steer an agenda of world-class content. Mark Bridger, a director at LEEA’s organising partner Bridger Howes Limited, said: “The spotlight has well and truly returned to Dubai and the Middle East ahead of the World Expo 2020, which will take place there in five years time. As the region pioneers new paths of development and innovation it is important that an annual, safetythemed lifting conference positions itself to serve those working in construction, urban development and infrastructure projects over the years leading up to the mega show and beyond.” LEEA will update attendees on its current work with standards bodies, industry stakeholders and governments raising health and safety standards in the lifting industry before introducing them to its Academy and TEAM card initiatives and applying their benefits to users of lifting equipment in Dubai and the Middle East. Visit the website via LEEAEvents.com
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THE LIFTING ENGINEER
VOLUME 1 • ISSUE NUMBER 4 • SEPTEMBER–OCTOBER 2015
FROM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE
A windswept Geoff Holden updates members about online learning, opening the Dubai office, new technical staff and more.
have been looking to strengthen the uick as a flash and technical team and I was delighted to it seems the welcome Robert Rorison who joins us from summer is gone, Lockheed Martin and brings a wealth of not that we noticed much experience to the association. of a summer in the UK, Training remains busy both through the but the sun did shine Huntingdon training centre and many occasionally so that must courses at members’ premises across the have been it. Things UK. Additionally we have delivered courses remained busy and we made progress in a in Oman, USA and Cameroon. number of significant areas. Sales of stands at LiftEx have already Thanks to the dedicated work of the exceeded those sold in training team the first two Bolton and we have good courses are now available early bookings for on the new online visitors. All signs are that learning platform. this will be a not to be Enrolments for Part 1 and missed event, so make Lifting Equipment General sure you are there! We are now underway. have added a conference Anyone waiting to enrol alongside the exhibition can now do so. The new with a great line up of system offers a much speakers which adds fuller learning experience; another dimension to the the old, dense pages of show. All details can be text are gone and found on the website. replaced with a brighter, Since the last issue, I more interactive process took the opportunity to which we are sure will take some holiday and benefit all students. together with my After a tortuous daughter sailed at the approval process Fireball World involving seemingly never ending amounts of “AFTER A TORTUOUS Championships in paperwork, we now have PROCESS INVOLVING Pwllheli, North Wales. The weather wasn’t too the approval for our office SEEMINGLY NEVER kind to us with strong to in Dubai together with our ENDING AMOUNTS gale force winds operating licence. OF PAPERWORK, WE throughout the week and Contractors have been NOW HAVE THE temperatures more like appointed to make the APPROVAL FOR OUR winter, but we had a necessary changes to the good time and were office layout and we are OFFICE IN DUBAI aiming to have it open by TOGETHER WITH OUR pleased to fly the LEEA mid-November. OPERATING LICENCE.” flag during the event. We struggled in the Kevin Crilly will be conditions and didn’t threaten the leaders, based in Dubai and we will be offering but with 106 boats from six different training locally on a more regular basis countries it was a great experience. The from the new facility from the beginning of next World Championships are in South 2016. The ADIPEC exhibition in Abu Dhabi Africa in December 2016 so I might not also takes place during November, where need a woolly hat there! LEEA are exhibiting on Stand 8620C. All members are welcome to visit Kevin and Rob Messenger. The technical team have been busy with many audits of members across the UK plus Germany, Egypt and Turkey. We
LEEA PAIR HOST GUANGZHOU, CHINA DELEGATION D enis Hogan, UK country manager and regional manager—west; and Geoff Holden, chief executive, LEEA gave a series of four lectures to a delegation from China on 15 September. The 20-strong group from port city Guangzhou included representatives of the Guangzhou Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision; the Guangzhou Institute of Measuring and Testing Technology; and the Guangzhou Institute of Standardization. Holden led an introductory lecture, in which he gave an overview of the association, alluding to the LEEA Audit Programme and the different classes of membership. Later, he gave a presentation titled “Training and Qualifications for the Lifting Industry”. Hogan spoke to the Guangzhoubased professionals about moral, legal and financial reasons for health and safety legislation, while the LEEA duo tackled a variety of other content and literature during a hugely successful day. Delegates: Chen Yaxin (Guangzhou Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision), Chen Liwei, Huang Yongqin, Yang Xiaoxin (Guangzhou Quality Supervision and Testing Institute), Ren Guoqiang, Li Weiming, Ms. Cheng Dan (Guangzhou Institute of Measuring and Testing Technology), Wu Shuhuan, Ms. Liao Guoying, Ms. Guan Xiaoyuan (Guangzhou Fibre Product Testing and Research Institute), Ye Weiwen, Yang Lin, Du Nansheng, Wu Xingjun, Ms. Wang Juan, Zhu Yujian (Guangzhou Institute of Special Pressure-bearing Equipment Inspection and Testing), Zhang Yuanming (Guangzhou Institute of Energy Testing), Ms. Cheng Liping, Ms. Yin Shumei, Ms. Wang Ling (Guangzhou Institute of Standardization).
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THE LIFTING ENGINEER
VOLUME 1 • ISSUE NUMBER 4 • SEPTEMBER–OCTOBER 2015
LiftEx CONFERENCE ATTRACTS LIFTING PROFESSIONALS
iftEx will take place at the Liverpool Exhibition Centre 11-12 November, incorporating a number of new features, including a co-located conference on the second day. The LiftEx Industry Conference will take place for the first time alongside the exhibition, featuring a series of short presentations delivered by leading figures from the lifting equipment industry. Striking a balance between international, headline speakers and others representing lifting activity in the local area, the conference is attracting C-level executives and material handling managers who work in every aspect of the industry.
Agenda: 9am Welcome Richard Howes, Director, Bridger Howes Limited 9:05am Introduction to LEEA Academy Geoff Holden, Chief Executive, LEEA
9:15am Keynote Address and Accident Reports Ian Simpson, HM Principal Specialist Inspector of Health & Safety, Mechanical Engineering, Health & Safety Executive (HSE) 9:45am Lifting the Lid on the Secrets of the Universe Ingo Rühl, Group Leader of the Handling Engineering group within the Engineering Department at the Accelerator and Technology Sector, CERN 11am Capability and Inspection of Modern Day Wire Rope Nick Moriarty, Operations Director, Zip World; Director of Treetop Trek and Ropes Course Developments Ltd. 11:45am Lifting Safety System at Jaguar Land Rover Tom Coyle, Managing Director, DT Engineering North West Ltd / Gerry Weston, Electrical Operations Director, DT Engineering North West Ltd
2pm Requirement for International Standardisation and Harmonisation Bryan Cronie, Consultant 3pm Should Lifting Gear be Third Party UKAS Laboratory Tested and Verified in a Similar Way to PPE? Oliver Auston, Technical Committee Chairman, Working at Height Safety Association (WAHSA); Vice Chairman, and E&Q Committee Chairman, LEEA 3:45pm Lifting and Rigging an Entertainment Production John Jones, Managing Director, Lift Turn Move / Peter Abraham, Director, Adlib Lighting 4:15pm Hoists in a Pharmaceutical Application Paul Jordan, Director, Hoist UK 4:45pm Closing Remarks Visit the event website at www.LiftEx.org or the dedicated conference page at www.LiftEx.org/Conference
STRIKING A BALANCE BETWEEN INTERNATIONAL, HEADLINE SPEAKERS AND OTHERS REPRESENTING LIFTING ACTIVITY IN THE LOCAL AREA, THE CONFERENCE IS ATTRACTING C-LEVEL EXECUTIVES AND MATERIAL HANDLING MANAGERS WHO WORK IN EVERY ASPECT OF THE INDUSTRY.
NEW LEEA ACADEMY TRANSFORMS TRAINING FOR OVERHEAD LIFTING EQUIPMENT ENGINEERS L
EEA has launched a new Learning Management System that will transform the training experience for students preparing for the association’s Diploma qualification for the test, examination and maintenance of overhead lifting equipment. Providing more rigorous, flexible and engaging professional development, the LEEA Academy encompasses a range of delivery methods, including a new elearning service that employs the latest 3D modelling and interactive techniques. The comprehensive range of options available also incorporates instructorled practical training, and ‘blended learning’, which combines both elearning and handson courses. LEEA Academy elearning can be
accessed roundtheclock via PC, Mac, laptop or tablet. An extensive library of high quality, computer generated 3D images of equipment such as hoists and load lifting attachments has been created, making it easy for students to relate their learning to day-to-day working practices. In addition, fully interactive quizzes and revision assignments are used throughout each training course, providing students with immediate feedback on progress and helping to identify any gaps in their knowledge. Students work at their own pace, and benefit from access to a dedicated tutor and technical helpdesk. A new online learning community connects fellow students. The LEEA Academy will replace the
association’s existing online and distance learning courses, whilst complementing and supporting its extensive portfolio of instructorled practical training. The Part One Entrance Certificate course, comprising 28 separate modules, is the first to migrate to the new system. It will be joined by the Lifting Equipment General Diploma course by the end of September, and all remaining courses by March 2016. “Around the world, more and more stakeholders are following the lead set by LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations) in the UK, and demanding that all overhead lifting equipment is subject to periodic thorough examination by a competent person,” said Geoff Holden, chief executive of LEEA.
“The Lifting Engineer is designed to give members an update on industry activities, LEEA activities and areas that would be of technical interest to the membership. Whilst we are happy to identify new innovations and technical advances within the industry, we do not see it as a platform for sales promotion or marketing of product launches. Send stories for consideration to email@example.com.” — LEEA
VOLUME 1 • ISSUE NUMBER 4 • SEPTEMBER–OCTOBER 2015
THE LIFTING ENGINEER
ROD TOWNS LEADS INCEPTION OF MOBILE CRANE EXAMINATION DIPLOMA L
EEA has launched its latest Diploma-level training course— Mobile Crane Examination. The Diploma will be held over a total of seven days (five days theory/practical followed by two days of practical assessment and theoretical examination). Four initial mobile crane courses have taken place at Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) in Muscat, Oman but the first courses available to all members will be held at member company Al Faris in Dubai next month (October) where places are still available. Andrew Wright, learning and development manager, said: “Feedback has been most encouraging and as members in the Middle East receive news of the course, further interest has been generated. LEEA is acutely aware of the dangers and accidents associated with mobile cranes and we wanted to be at the forefront of the drive to raise standards globally, from an examination perspective.” The inaugural courses in Oman were fully booked (24 delegates in total) within a matter of weeks from release of the dates. The subsequent Dubai training course is gaining interested delegates on a weekly basis. Wright explained that the final build of the course was devised over an eight-month period. He said: “After having researched the members’ requirements [training needs analysis] and deciding on the scope of the course, we were able to produce a syllabus. The syllabus contains the key learning points, or objectives, and from this we formulated a lesson plan. To a great extent, it is the lesson plan that determines the length of the training course, having factored in all of the learning elements involved.” The Middle East, a hotbed of oil and gas activity, will continue to be the largest market for the course. However, interest is expected from Southeast Asia and North America in due course. LEEA members participating in the training typically perform statutory examinations of mobile cranes as third party service companies in their regions.
Rod Towns is pictured in the grey boiler suit (centre), while trainer David Thomson, who is currently shadowing Towns, wears the other LEEA high visibility jacket with participants at a recent course at Petroleum Development Oman in Muscat, Oman. LEEA has welcomed Rod Towns, training officer, to pioneer this process. He brings 30 years of mobile crane experience to the association and played a key role in the course’s development. Wright said: “LEEA members have been asking for the Mobile Crane Examination Diploma training course for almost five years. It was always a priority for the learning and development team to produce a world-class training course, meeting the needs of our members on a global scale.” He added: “Of particular importance to us was the competence of the training staff that would be assigned to deliver the course and that any training we provide is in keeping with our core values. It took many years to recruit the competent person for the role and we have been very fortunate to have Rod join us. He is also our internal coach and mentor for the mobile crane training staff.”
“LEEA IS ACUTELY AWARE OF THE DANGERS AND ACCIDENTS ASSOCIATED WITH MOBILE CRANES AND WE WANTED TO BE AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE DRIVE TO RAISE STANDARDS GLOBALLY, FROM AN EXAMINATION PERSPECTIVE.”—ANDREW WRIGHT, LEEA
ROADSHOW TAKES PLACE IN CARDIFF T
he hugely successful ‘Lifting the Load—Out on the Road’ Roadshow delivered a lifting equipment exhibition, seminars and networking to a Cardiff audience on 17 September. The Roadshow took place from 10am to 3pm and included presentations on topical subjects, professional networking, exhibition space for LEEA members, a complementary buffet lunch and was free to attendees. Presentations started at 11am and were delivered by Andrew
Wright, learning and development manager, and Denis Hogan, UK country manager and regional manager—west. Wright introduced the LEEA Academy initiative before Hogan tackled a new discussion about instructions for use and maintenance of lifting equipment. Hogan discussed the reasons why there is a sudden surge in interest to improve the contents of such instructions and how LEEA will help by the publication of the LEEA062 series of guidance notes to cover that particular subject. Each presentation included a question and answer session to enable attendees to interact with the presenter and obtain more information on the subject matter. The popular Roadshow concept will return for more exhibitions, seminars and networking across the UK next year.
SELECTED DATES FROM LEEAEVENTS.COM 11-12 November—LiftEx 13 November—AGM & Dinner Dance (members only event) 14-15 December—LEEA Lifting & Rigging Conference Middle East LEEA will also exhibit at RenewableUK in Liverpool, 6-8 October; and ADIPEC in Abu Dhabi, 9-12 November. The final hole LEEA golfers negotiated on the Roman Road course
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