Helping Raise Safety Standards for Crane and Lifting Operations


The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) is supporting the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Crane Safety 2018 Seminar in London on 12th September and the CPA’s Technical Consultant Tim Watson is chairing the event which is designed to help raise safety standards for crane and lifting operations.

The seminar presents the opportunity to learn industry best practice and how organisations can address the challenges of risk and incident reduction, cost savings versus maintenance and compliance with safety legislation. Tim brings over 40 years’ experience in the construction plant industry to the seminar and will be joined by speakers from the likes of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Bowmer and Kirkland, Keltbray Group, Laing O’Rourke, Select Plant Hire, Ainscough Crane Hire and Sparrows Group.

Tim Watson said: “As lifting projects continue to become more complex, crane owners and operators must understand how to maintain high levels of safety and compliance with industry regulations. A number of highly regarded speakers will be sharing best practice and case study presentations on a variety of challenging lifting projects in the real world. There will be interesting debate around risk and incident reduction and how to balance effective maintenance with existing budgets. Crane Safety 2018 will be invaluable for anyone with responsibility for lifting operations.”

New for the 2018 event is the opportunity to join breakout sessions that will address topics such as human factors, legal responsibilities, automation in lifting and non-destructive testing.

Further information on Crane Safety 2018: Raising Safety Standards for Crane and Lifting Operations is available at and tickets can be booked online. An Early Bird discount is available until 20th July 2018 and CPA members can attend Crane Safety 2018 at the Supporting Organisation rate, saving up to £90 on the non-member rate.

The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) is the leading trade association for the plant hire sector in the UK. The CPA has 1,600 members, who supply 85% of hired plant to the construction industry. The organisation is the UK’s principal point of contact for all issues relating to the use of construction plant.

 The CPA works with government departments and agencies, local authorities, construction clients, private companies, other trade associations, and third sector organisations, on issues including employee health and safety, machinery standards and emissions control, public safety and road transport, skills and employment. The CPA publishes a wide range of guidance documents which are distributed widely throughout the construction industry and many are available for immediate free download from the CPA website at The CPA supports a number of Special Interest Groups, which tackle issues within specialist sectors.


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