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Time we sang from the same hymn sheet

February 9, 2014

A recent incident, in which a man was dragged to his death by his harness and lanyard, highlights significant policy variations within the crane and access industries on the issue of when and when not to use a harness READáMORE »

What will the New Year bring?

January 3, 2014

With 2013 behind us the consensus of opinion within the market sectors we cover is that it was more stable or better than 2012. But what of this year? READáMORE »

More gongs?

October 20, 2013

It seems that over the past five years or so the number of industry awards, and gala awards dinners has mushroomed are there now too many? READáMORE »

Suspended risk

July 12, 2013

The subject of lifting people with cranes, whether at work or for fun has been a slow burning hot topic for several years, and yet it is a subject which still deeply divides the industry. READáMORE »

Time for global standards

May 5, 2013

Grey imports are an irritant to many manufacturers, but are they not a by-product of non-tariff barriers and the absence of global standards? READáMORE »

When to say No

February 23, 2013

We hate to say no and love to say yes, but there are times when saying No is the right answer. If we all knew when to say No the industry might be a better, safer place? READáMORE »

Whatĺs fair in love and war

January 27, 2013

Competition is the life-blood of the capitalist system, driving improvements to products and services. Unfair and malicious competition however is not only illegal but can also damage the perpetrator. READáMORE »

What can we expect for 2013?

January 5, 2013

The New Year is here and most people will shortly be back at work and kicking off the 2013 business year, so how will it compare to 2012? READáMORE »

Prescriptive solutions

November 7, 2012

Several UK contractors are demanding the fitting of specific anti-entrapment devices to boom lifts is this the best way to develop safety solutions? READáMORE »

Three strikes and out

September 2, 2012

There should be a rule that those responsible for more than two bankruptcies in which creditors are left unpaid, are banned from being a director, controlling shareholder or senior manager for 10 years. READáMORE »

Reporting accidents

June 16, 2012

The reporting of accidents and open sharing of lessons learnt, has been a hot topic at several association meetings this year, many believe that it should be a condition of membership. It could do more to improve safety than any other initiative. READáMORE »

Anti crush essential or not?

April 9, 2012

The major manufacturers are now not only approving the fitting of anti-crush devices to boom lifts, but also endorsing them, as they introduce their own devices - but should they be standard or optional? READáMORE »

Is bigger better?

January 28, 2012

As the New Year gathers pace it looks as though 2012 will be a significant year for the crane, access and telehandler markets, in terms of mergers, and acquisitions. Will they be good or bad for the industry? READáMORE »

Poor credit control bad for all

November 20, 2011

The crane and access industries have never excelled at credit control and cash collection, to the point that it has caused the demise of many an otherwise good company. READáMORE »

Is European rental consolidation inevitable?

October 9, 2011

At the recent Europlatform conference a question was asked about the possible arrival of US rental giants in Europe and the possibliity of a new round of market consolidation in Europe. READáMORE »

Familiarisation is not training

July 25, 2011

Just over two weeks ago the University of Notre Dame reached a final settlement with The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration following the fatal scissor lift accident last October which killed 20 year old Declan Sullivan. READáMORE »

10 years and no older

May 1, 2011

Over the years there has been much discussion regarding when a crane, or perhaps more critically, an aerial lift becomes too old for everyday use. READáMORE »

Reporting the lucky escapes

February 6, 2011

Who would have thought over a century ago that commercial flying would become the safest form of travel by a wide margin? Aviationĺs impressive safety record has not come about by accident or by manufacturers making their aircraft idiot proof. READáMORE »

Inspections certified or not?

December 1, 2010

In most parts of the world regulations require lifting equipment to be properly inspected at least once a year and often in more depth after longer intervals. Who though is competent to carry out such tests and inspections? READáMORE »

Belting up

October 1, 2010

As many of you are well aware the Vertikal Press has been a passionate advocate of the wearing of harnesses with short lanyards in boom lifts. In fact, we have even stated that we believe their use should be mandatory. READáMORE »

Regulation help or hindrance?

August 1, 2010

The USA has finally published its new standards/rules for cranes used in construction. Itĺs the first update in 40 years and has been welcomed by many as an important move that will save lives. There are though plenty of others who are of the opinion that they will make little difference, apart from increasing costs. ľ do more rules and regulations make us safer? READáMORE »

Extravagant and inappropriateů or a strong statement

July 1, 2010

At this yearĺs Bauma the one subject on everyoneĺs lips, no matter what their product interest, was the size and cost of the massive new Liebherr stand. Opinions ranged from Ĺexcessive and as inappropriate as a bankerĺs bonusĺ to those who thought it was Ĺa fantastic expression of confidence in the industry and an indication of the groupĺs strength and long-term business viewĺ. READáMORE »

CE safety code or trade barrier?

May 1, 2010

The single market in Europe and CE marking has provided major benefits for manufacturers and users of aerial lifts and cranes, but has it now become something of a Non Tariff trade barrier? READáMORE »

Adapt or die ľ the opportunities are there

March 1, 2010

Most agree that we are now at the bottom of the business cycle, there are though still plenty of opportunities and the notion that our markets are saturated does not stand up. READáMORE »

2010-01

January 1, 2010

Many of us will be glad to see the back of 2009, one of the hardest years for some time. In spite of substantial falls in revenues the majority of crane, access and telehandler companies ľ whether rental or manufacturers have come through bruised but alive. READáMORE »

2009-11

November 1, 2009

At one time it was common practice to carry out ab overload test as part of a crane or aerial lifts routine thorough inspections. Current thinking is increasingly ruling out such tests, although some safety inspectors and contractors still insist on such them being carried out. READáMORE »

2009-10

October 1, 2009

So having non selectively cut rates and caused an even great problem, those rental companies that feel the greatest pressure of lower returns - those with massive debt, a hostile lender or tough shareholders ľ often start to panic. READáMORE »

Editorial

Time we sang from the same hymn sheet

Leigh W Sparrow, Publisher

A recent incident, in which a man was dragged to his death by his harness and lanyard, highlights significant policy variations within the crane and access industries on the issue of when and when not to use a harness

READ MORE »

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