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On the crane hire agenda

PLANT HIRE

GEOFFREY Marsh will be getting to grips with a number of issues for hirers at the CPA Crane Interest Group.

Safe working at height remains a focus for the sector. The group is working with crane manufacturers to develop safe access for climbing over cranes, for example by improving the provision of handrails and footholds.

Then there is the issue of the Greater London Authority's London Emissions Zone proposal to have diesel particulate filters for all mobile plant by 2008.

Another challenge coming up is the European harmonisation of operator certification, so that crane drivers and other operators can work across the EU and holders of other European cards can work in the UK.

Mr Marsh is also keen to see membersh ip of the Crane Interest Group expand. There are 132 member companies in the CIG, but a further 37 CPA members who are in crane hire but have not joined the group. The extra cost is small, he stresses, with a sliding scale starting at just £50 a year for companies with up to five cranes.