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UK crane companies do invest in training


Sir, The letter from John Batey of the United Crane Operators Association ('Crane firms need to look at training, not mobile phones', Letters, November 23) has prompted me to respond.

I am responsible for health, safety and environmental matters for the heavy lift and modular transporting company, Mammoet.

It may be that Ainscough and HTC Plant are the only companies that send people to Bircham Newton for crane training, but I can assure you that there are many more crane companies in the UK that are carrying out CPCS-accredited crane, rigging, appointed persons and lifting operations training - and paying for it.

Not only do we have a training centre, we recruit on a worldwide basis for our overseas operations and send UK accredited instructors to such places as Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and China.

As well as CPCS training we have an internal training programme, applied worldwide, and we subscribe to NVQ.

Mammoet also bans the use of mobile phones while operating any field-type equipment.

I support Mr Batey in his quest to 'change the tide' on accidents. I also hope that he now understands that there are more than two crane hirers in the UK striving to increase the skills of their employees.

Bryan Cronie Brydekirk Annan Dumfries & Galloway