Crane Safety 2004 is a major international conference being held in London on 21 and 22 June 2004 (click here for details).

The event is organised by Cranes Today together with Hoist magazine.

The venue is the Thistle Tower Hotel in London, where Crane Safety 2003 was also held.


The theme of the 2004 conference is Crane Safety: Management and Technology. There will also be special sessions for factory and overhead travelling cranes.

Presentations include:

Keynote address
David Butterworth, UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) principal inspector and leading crane safety specialist

Lift planning
Bryan Cronie, Mammoet corporate safety director

Data logging technology and crane maintenance
Klaus Meissner, Terex-Demag technical director

Standards update
Peter Oram, chairman of the European crane standards committee CEN TC 147 and member of ISO TC 96

Risk management in maintenance planning
Richard Myhre, National Oilwell

The crane owner’s perspective
Martin Ainscough, Ainscough Crane Hire

Management of safety on site
Nigel Howard, MPS

Improving height safety on mobile cranes
Andy Ciupa, Syncrude

Spotting potential in operators
Paul Freedman, Simlog

Information systems
TBC, Wylie Systems

• Wire rope 1 Selecting the right wire rope
Roger Burgstall, Pfeiffer Drako

• Wire rope 2 Safe use and maintenance of wire rope
Charles Gillespie, Bridon

• Wire rope 3 Avoiding rope damage by correct spooling
Cris Seidenather, Lebus International Engineers

• Debate: Are self-erecting tower cranes are a safer and viable alternative to telehandlers?
Colin Hutchinson, Airtek Safety and Peter Grant, Merlo UK

Special sessions on overhead travelling cranes

EOT crane operator training
Bill Maxwell/Derek Reece, KCI Konecranes

Load limiting devices
Ivar Horst, Piab

Safe working at height
Bernard Grantham, Morris Material Handling Ltd

Condition monitoring and the application of ISO standards
Rolf Lovgren chairman of ISO TC96-SC5 (Use, Operation and Maintenance of Cranes)

Inspection, maintenance and testing of overhead cranes
Ted Blanton, North American Crane Bureau

Further programme details will be published in future issues of Cranes Today and Hoist, and here at ConnectingCranes.

Price is £475 (inc VAT) per person for two days.

Early bird discount
A 15% discount is offered to those booking by 20 February. (£403.75 inc VAT).

Group discounts
Discounts are also offered for groups of three or more. Contact us for details.

What’s included
These prices includes all conference sessions and documentation, as well as breakfast and lunch on two days. Evening meals and accomodation are not included.

Conference dinner
A conference dinner will be held on the evening of Monday 21 June. Tickets for this event can be purchased separately. Price to be determined.

Those arriving on Sunday 20 June can take advantage of our discounted group booking to join us on a ride on the world famous London Eye, a 130m-high Ferris wheel that offers the very best views of London (

For best rates, delegates should organise their own accomodation at the Thistle Tower hotel on line ( The Thistle Tower is modern four-star hotel on the banks of the River Thames next to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. It has 801 well-equipped bedrooms, apartments and suites, all with superb views.

Other hotels are also available in the vicinity.

How to book
To reserve your seat, or for more information about attending, contact: Julie Rossiter, Wilmington Publishing events manager, on tel: +44 (0) 208 269 7835, or send an e-mail to

Commercial opportunities
Sponsorship packages for Crane Safety 2004 are still available.

There will also be a small products fair at the conference.

For more information about sponsorship or exhibiting, please contact: Mike Posener, European sales manager, on tel: +44 (0) 208 269 7812, or send an e-mail to