The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) recently ran the Global Lifting Awareness Day (GLAD), which was launched last year. GLAD is an annual event intent on raising the profile of the industry. The event’s first two instalments took place during a global pandemic, enabling the industry to promote a marketplace that has remained operational during one of the most challenging chapters of modern history.

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The LEEA, and EKH (Erkende Keurbedrijven Hijs & Hefmiddelen), have reached an agreement to ensure that the two organisations will work together more closely in the future, combining their high standards and extensive expertise to support each other’s membership. LEEA is the global trade association representing over 1200 members in more than 70 countries, while EKH is an umbrella organisation for lifting equipment inspection companies, with 65 members based in the Netherlands.

Rope and Sling Specialists Ltd (RSS) says Brexit hasn’t gone away and businesses have got to make sure they conform to new legislation, while navigating themselves away from Covid. Importing core product from Europe, such as wire rope that RSS uses to manufacture slings, is taking twice as long as it once did, largely due to the customs declaration, the official document that gives details of the goods that are being imported. A lot more data must be provided than was previously required. The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new UK product marking for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain. It covers most goods which previously required the CE marking.

Well done to Demag, which has added new components to its universal KBK crane construction kit, allowing users to create even more versatile lifting systems with higher load capacities, improved use of the available space and reduced installation work. The Demag KBK modular light crane system is a proven construction kit, designed to create bespoke solutions for lifting, moving and handling operations. KBK may be configured to meet the needs of specific working processes, the loads to be transported and the operational environment.

Congratulations to Midland Pallet Trucks, a provider of high-quality lifting equipment including pallet trucks, manual stacker trucks and lift tables, who are asking warehousing operating within the fresh and frozen food sector to consider aerial work platforms to help staff store and reach consignments safely while making the most of warehousing space. Workers in this sector are often required to maintain strict productivity targets, so access to well maintained and high-quality lift equipment including aerial work platforms is essential to safeguard their health and wellbeing while meeting operational demand and increasing stock storage at height. Good to hear Loading Bay Lifts, a company based in Aylesbury, manufacture and supply low profile, surface mounted and mobile scissor lifts across the UK. Loading Bay Lifts and Pickerings Lifts worked together to supply and install twelve scissor lifts for one of the top four supermarkets in the UK.

It is great to see the lifting industry unafraid to celebrate the role it plays in the life of the nation.

George Simpson

Features Editor

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