Ross Moloney, CEO of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), the global trade association for the Lifting Industry, looks forward to spreading the message of high standards and safety in 2022.
Changing perceptions through celebrating the incredible role the Lifting industry already has and continues to play is one of the goals of the annual Global Lifting Awareness Day (GLAD), which took place in July and is now established as an important industry-wide scheme. While attracting the next generation of sector recruits, GLAD also helps to highlight the ever-present battle by man, machine, systems and processes to overcome gravity and bad practice to achieve a safer industry.
As part of this battle, in 2021 the Association created a new course to educate Company Directors, Senior Managers and responsible persons where lifting equipment is used in a business of the risks and their duties. The Lifting Equipment End User Guidance course provides an essential insight to general legal responsibilities for lifting equipment for end user ‘Duty Holders’.
The Association is pivoting into the post-Covid era thanks to significant investments during 2021, which will allow LEEA to further support members and the industry. This includes a technology upgrade in the Huntingdon training centre enabling the maximum effectiveness of Zoom-based training, and enhancing conferences with delegates across the world. The investment also improves LEEA’s e-learning suite to make it a real option for learners. This includes utilising all the best techniques to help improve information retention for students. Our expanded Technical Team, meanwhile, continues to look at standards, guidance documents and other areas of support.
LEEA’s Regional Council approach to bring the Association closer to more members around the world commenced in 2021 with the council in Australia and New Zealand now setting priorities and directing investment. Our aspiration is to launch Regional Councils in the Middle East and South East Asia in 2022.
In January 2022, Kat Moss will become the Association’s next Chair. Kat has driven the Lifting Equipment Technician apprenticeship work in England, which is now awaiting ministerial sign off and is going to be a crucial development for our industry.
Also in 2022, LEEA and the lifting industry will look forward to the return of the LiftEx Exhibition in the UK, which will be held at P&J Live, Aberdeen on 5th & 6th October. The 4th annual LEEA Awards will be taking place there on the 5th. Other annual events including GLAD will continue to develop, as will key programmes such as the Military Transition Scheme and the Robert Gordon University degree award. We also anticipate more partnerships with global associations.
Throughout 2022 the Association will continue to advise logistics and materials handling operations seeking to mitigate risk when procuring lifting equipment or supporting services to look for the LEEA logo, signifying the provider is an Association member, thus offering the assurance of excellence and compliance to standards and legislation.