As a member of LEEA and Sarah Spivey, MD one of the representatives of the board, Modulift was happy to attend the first of LEEA's 2015 programme of events.
Located at the Aberdeen's AECC the Spring Roadshow bought in a healthy display of regular and new faces to the Lifting Engineering fraternity.
Amongst a quality amount of exhibition stands was the Modulift presence, supervised by Anthony Culshaw, Senior Design Engineer and Wendy Armstrong, Marketing Manager, on hand and ready to ask questions as well as hand out the odd luxury promo gift.
The networking day was nicely divided up with some interesting presentations delivered by LEEA technical staff, these being:
1. LEEA Academy presented by Andrew Wright; Learning & Development Manager. Andrew explained about the Lifting Diplomas available and the recent additions to this.
LEEA now supports:
LEG - Lifting Equipment General Diploma
LMM - Lifting Machines Manual Diploma
LMP - Lifting Machines Power Diploma
RCS - Runways & Crane Structures Diploma
OTC - Overhead Travelling Crane Diploma
OCE - Offshore Container Diploma
The updated and modernised training facilities mean they have two fully equipped workshops, with increased learning aids including practical lifting appliances. Their latest innovation, Team Card makes learning and qualifying easier by working online, the cost per Team Card is £25. It has elements of interaction with online courses using quizzes which underpins the knowledge base and provides updated standards & legislation information and safety bulletins to aid the tests and examinations to pass a Certificate of Completion.
September 2015 will see the launch of the LEEA Academy Learning Forum that intends to be a dedicated LEEA technical helpdesk and support network. It will provide access to Academy knowledge through all platforms, PC, IOS and Android thorough a variety of learning techniques: E-Learning, Blended Learning (initial written content sent out to digest followed by a group workshop session held by a LEEA rep. for test and examination), Onsite Learning or Proficiency Testing (Dedicated tutor support). It will also offer more modern and easy to understand online methods such as 3D modeling.
2. Withdrawal of BS 7072 Containers – Where do we go from here? by Denis Hogan, UK Country Manager, Regional Manger West. This second presentation concentrated on the standards that currently are in practice for Offshore Containers. The British code of practice BS7072 is the longest served standard set in 1989, which covered the inspection and repair of Offshore Containers.
In October 1999 another standard was set due to the lack of detail in BS7072, which was shown in the BS EN 12079. This provided much more specifics; Offshore containers. Design, construction, testing, inspection and marking. This provided for the manufacturing and materials standards that really this kind of equipment needed, particularly when holding dangerous or hazardous goods. This was then re-issued in 2006 to encompass the European market with the BS EN 12079-1:2006 and for USA swiftly introduced was the ISO-10855 in 2008 which was almost 12079's equivalent.
So the question remains and asked by LEEA should BS7072 be withdrawn and all containers produced and used be set to BS EN 12079 that provides much more stringent values and tests?
This was thrown out to the audience for discussion, whereby there was argument about failure rates which were unknown, whether 7072 are actually unsafe, lobbying the end users and large corporations to change views. LEEA are working with these companies such as Royal Dutch Shell PLC issuing practical assessment so safety is adhered to plus raising awareness generally in the industry of heavy lifting.
This and other topics will be included in the new forums and upcoming bi-monthly magazine 'Lifting Engineer' which will have FAQ's and members are encouraged to send case studies and news etc to be included in the magazine.
All in all the day was a very good networking opportunity, as well as being informative and interactive, with a tasty free lunch to all who attended.
The next LEEA event will be in June at Belfast's Ramada Plaza whereby the Irish Roadshow will top of the agenda.