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GLAD promoting quality products, inspection and training

By Adam Freill   

Construction Equipment Health & Safety

The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) has put products, inspection, and training at the fore its Global Lifting Awareness Day (GLAD) campaign.

Source: Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA)When Global Lifting Awareness Day 2024 (GLAD 2024) hits on July 18, the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) will be putting the focus on the importance of high quality products, inspection and training.

GLAD, says LEEA, is an opportunity for the association’s members, manufacturers and suppliers to promote safe and high-quality load lifting across the world.

“It’s about the ongoing battle between cost and quality. We all know that buying decisions are made for a multitude of reasons, but we want people to make sure those choices are always based on quality,” explained LEEA CEO Ross Moloney. “It is perhaps easy for some not to think there’s any difference in quality and that all equipment and services are the same; we’re saying this isn’t the case. It’s why we constantly refer to skills, standards, and high levels of competency. This is a specialist industry, where high quality is a minimum requirement.”

LEEA has circulated graphics promoting its focus on products, inspection and training, marked with the hashtag #GLAD2024. The message align with LEEA’s aim of eliminating accidents, injuries and fatalities, putting an emphasis on skills and employment – themes that emerged as front-runners when the fifth GLAD drive was launched.

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“We are in a risky industry, and these are three key ways by which we can eliminate risk. Accidents occur when these three things fail,” said Moloney. “Product matters, but because it was once compliant doesn’t mean it always will be, hence the need for ongoing inspection, and this must be conducted by a high quality individual, who has been trained to the highest standards.”

LEEA members go through an audit of their processes and practices, and have access to ongoing training materials developed and devised by its members worldwide. “We provide training and we strongly encourage end users to make sure that anyone they work with is trained and work ready.”

For more information about GLAD, or to pledge support, visit https://globalliftingawarenessday.com.

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