Lifting Equipment specialist, Demag Cranes & Components Ltd, has launched a new training course aimed at all users of lifting equipment, as well as those involved in the repair, maintenance and service of such plant. The course, which is entitled “Safe Use of Lifting Tackle and Operation of Overhead Gantry Cranes”, is designed to improve workplace safety and help employers meet their obligations under workplace legislation, including the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAW), PUWER 1998 and LOLER 1998. Under section 2 of HASAW, employers are required to provide “information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of his employees“, with stiff penalties for non-compliance.

Typically, the competitively priced, one day training course is held at customers’ premises, to help operators gain familiarity with the equipment they are using on a day-to-day basis. Alternatively, where circumstances dictate, the course may be undertaken at Demag’s dedicated training facility, in Banbury. The training regime combines theoretical and practical elements. Theory modules include lifting equipment assessments, pre and post operation checks, identification of control devices and their features, lift planning and operation, safe load slinging and shut down procedures. Practical elements include equipment operation demonstrations, pre operation checks, lift planning and the prevention and correction of load swing. The course culminates with an assessment of the trainee’s performance and full certification of the training programme.

This new course complements Demag’s comprehensive range of existing training initiatives, which are available for all types and makes of lifting equipment. The company offers operator and product training programmes, including lifting equipment familiarisation, routine equipment inspection, instruction on safe, efficient and productive use of plant, as well as tuition in mechanical and electrical maintenance procedures.

Demag states that these programmes are not only suitable for new employees, but also appropriate, as refresher courses, for existing staff. The company advocates that employees should undergo training and instruction at least every three years.

The company’s Training Officer, John Robbins, stated: “Many employers are unaware of their obligations, under health and safety legislation, to provide adequate training for their employees. They are also unaware of the penalties, which exist for failure to implement suitable training. Our courses are designed to help employers meet these obligations and reduce the risk of workplace accidents and injuries.”

Demag Cranes & Components Ltd

Tel: 01295 676157


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