Demag has introduced the course, entitled ‘Safe Use of Lifting Tackle and Operation of Overhead Gantry Cranes’, to help employers meet safety obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAW).

The course is also compliant with Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).

Demag offer to conduct the course from customer’s premises or from its training facilities in Banbury as needed.

Consisting of theoretical and practical modules, the firm claims the course is suitable for both new employees and as a refresher course for existing staff.

To ensure compliance with Section 2 of the HASAW Act, Demag recommends that employees should receive refresher training and instruction at least once every three years to guarantee the provisions of the Act are met.

This is something Demag Cranes and Components training officer John Robbins believes many employers do not realise.

Robbins explains: “Many employers are unaware of their obligations, under health and safety legislation, to provide adequate training for their employees. They are also unaware of the penalties which exist for failure to implement suitable training. Our courses are designed to help employers meet these obligations and reduce the risk of workplace accidents and injuries.”

The new course complements Demag’s existing range of training initiatives, available for all types and makes of lifting equipment, and is fully certified.

Theory modules include:

-Lifting equipment assessments

-Pre and post operation checks,

-Identification of control devices and their features

-Lift planning and operation

-Safe load slinging

-Shut down procedures

Practical elements include:

-Equipment operation demonstrations

-Pre operation checks

-Lift planning

-Prevention and correction of load swing