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Not Dry January, or Veganuary, but ‘Planuary’ 17 February, 2020
I’m writing this in mid-to-late January, and so, inevitably, my social media feeds are gradually filling with jokes and memes about how interminably long the month seems to last.
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After the uncertainty: more uncertainty
Thursday, January 09, 2020 Britain, as you may have heard, has had its fair share of political upheaval and public votes in the last few years. Three general elections, one advisory referendum on whether to leave the EU or not, and a lot of debate, both amongst the public and the politicians.
Virtually the same as training on a real crane
Friday, December 13, 2019 If you were at this year’s LiftEx show last month, held in Milton Keynes in the UK, you may have seen me waving my arms in front of me, apparently unable to see and possibly lost in the delusions of a fantasy world.
In the dock: time to focus more on port cranes
Thursday, October 24, 2019 As you read through this issue of Hoist, you may notice a more maritime theme than usual.
A safe industry is an attractive one for new workers
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 In this issue we have an article on ergonomics, and how this science is applied to lifting devices.
Digitalisation, automation and the human touch
Thursday, August 08, 2019 Ever since computer scientists realised that silicon, as a semiconductor, had enormous potential for boosting processing power, the world as we know it has changed immeasurably.
Don’t look now: why print can still beat digital words
Monday, July 29, 2019 When was the last time you actually finished reading an article on your phone? I don’t mean a short news piece about a politician with strange hair, or the World Cup (cricket or women’s soccer; your choice), or what one celebrity said about another celebrity—I mean a long, detailed article that takes more than a few moments to read, and which gives proper insight into a topic.
It’s exam time - but what happens after that?
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 It’s June, and that means a whole host of annual events and traditions will be taking place. Keeping up online with endless sporting competitions, such as the Cricket World Cup, the Women’s Football World Cup, and the Wimbledon tennis tournament, will all distract many a lesser editor from doing their job. It’s officially the start of the British summer, so it’s rained here for about nine consecutive days and I’ve got a cold. And for those at school and aged 16 or 18, the end of the academic year brings the promise of an early summer holiday — although only after exams have been negotiated.
Contractors in the middle
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Jack Hinsdale, president of South Carolina-based Material Handling Solutions, looks at the issues surrounding procuring cranes through contractors and how to address them.
Documentation requirements for manufacturers
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Denis Hogan, Performance and Special Projects Manager at The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), explains what lifting equipment related documentation needs to be provided by manufacturers and suppliers to assure customers of legal compliance.
Always a better visit when the forecast is good
Thursday, May 09, 2019 I attended the previous iteration of Promat in Chicago back in 2017 and my enduring memory of my time in the city, outside of the McCormick Place exhibition halls, was pouring rain.

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