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December 2020


Archives a great resource for all but predictions
21 December 2020 One of the ways in which Hoist can be read is not just on a monthly basis, when your issue reaches your physical mailbox or electronic mailbox, but also as part of an ever-increasing archive of industry insight.

November 2020


Adapting the usual schedule to the new normal
23 November 2020 I’ve worked on industry magazines for more than a decade and half now, and you get used to the various cycles that dictate what needs to be done at any given point in the month or year.

Last call to sign up for our virtual conference
23 November 2020 Stop reading this, please. You can come back afterwards, but for now please put down this copy of Hoist, or the device on which you’re reading your digital copy of our October issue, and head over to and register for our first online conference. If you’ve been passed this copy of the magazine by a colleague after they kept it for themselves in their office for a few days, then I’m afraid you might be reading this too late—the conference takes place on October 8th. Although it is available to view retrospectively for another 30 days after that date.

October 2020


Our industry still has a trade show happening in 2020
09 October 2020 don’t normally tend to address the same topic in two consecutive comment pieces, but this month I’m going to make an exception and pick up where I left off in our August issue—that is, discussing our forthcoming online conference.

July 2020


Tune in to the latest opinions with our webinars
28 July 2020 I’m of the opinion that there will always be a place for print media in everyday life; while the instant access of the internet makes online media extremely useful, there’s still a certain satisfaction to be had by picking up a magazine or newspaper, sitting down with it and reading it through.

June 2020


Technology taking centre stage to help businesses
26 June 2020 I’ve been reluctant to devote too much of my recent editorial comments to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

May 2020


Disruption, uncertainty, and a small landmark
13 May 2020 There was really only one option of what to write about in this month’s Editor’s Comment, and that, of course, and unfortunately, is the spread of Covid-19, or Coronavirus, and the immediate effect it’s had on our industry.

Thanks to the posties for almost 10,000 deliveries
13 May 2020 It’s difficult to start this comment piece anywhere other than on the most obvious topic of Covid-19, and to say that I hope all our readers, and everyone in our industry across the world, are staying safe during the current outbreak.

March 2020


Navigating the challenges of subsea lifting
30 March 2020 It’s hard to imagine how difficult it must be to work in offshore conditions. Sure, you could start by looking out of the window, if you’ve lived in the UK during the last six months—we’re already up to the letter ‘D’ in the alphabet of named storms so far in 2020, and Ciara and Dennis have brought some pretty spectacularly bad weather with them in recent weeks—but, joking aside, that isn’t really a patch on the harshness of the conditions found on offshore wind farms, rigs, and so on.

February 2020


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.

January 2020


After the uncertainty: more uncertainty
09 January 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.

December 2019


Virtually the same as training on a real crane
13 December 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.

October 2019


In the dock: time to focus more on port cranes
24 October 2019 As you read through this issue of Hoist, you may notice a more maritime theme than usual.

September 2019


A safe industry is an attractive one for new workers
18 September 2019 In this issue we have an article on ergonomics, and how this science is applied to lifting devices.

August 2019


Digitalisation, automation and the human touch
08 August 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.

July 2019


Don’t look now: why print can still beat digital words
29 July 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.

June 2019


It’s exam time - but what happens after that?
19 June 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.

May 2019


Contractors in the middle
14 May 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
14 May 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
09 May 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.