LIFTING EQUIPMENT ENGINEERS ASSOCIATION
In 2005, New-tonne Lifting Engineers Ltd became members of the
LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association). Below
is a some information regarding the association and if more details
are required then please feel free to visit teir website using
the link at the bottom of the page.
The Association was formed in 1944 in London but soon after expanded
to become the Chain Testers' Association of Great Britain. The
present name was adopted in 1988 as a more accurate reflection
of the current activities of the members. Large users of lifting
equipment have associate status and there are also overseas associates.
Essentially a technically orientated association, it aims to
provide members with a source of technical information and a means
of authoritative representation. Its objectives are:
1. To establish and maintain the Association as the reputable
and recognised body in the field of lifting equipment.
2. To promote the Association of those specialists engaged in
any or all of the following related to lifting equipment: design,
manufacture, test, examination, verification, inspection, supply,
service, repair, hire and training of personnel; with the object
of ensuring, so far as is practicable, that lifting equipment
conforms to the standard of safety required by all relevant legislation.
3. To promote the development of efficient methods and processes
in the industry and the adoption of good standards and safety
in the design, manufacture and use of all lifting equipment.
4. To provide authoritative representation of the Association
at standards institutions, with government departments, public
bodies, professional and technical institutions and similar bodies.
5. To provide for common action in administrative, professional,
research, legal and commercial matters such as insurance schemes,
standardised forms of contract and the like.
6. To provide, within the resources of the Association, advice
to members on the implementation of statutory requirements and
on technical matters.
7. To provide schemes for training and qualifying members' personnel
and conducting technical audits of members.
8. To publish information relevant to the lifting equipment industry.
It should be recognised that the Lifting Engineers has a wide
range of organisations amongst its members. Between them they
are daily involved in the design, manufacture, hire, repair, refurbishment,
maintenance and use of lifting and load bearing equipment.
All members are required to conform to documented technical requirements
which set stringent standards for equipment, personnel, procedures
and records. Applicants for membership are subjected to technical
audit and must conform with the requirements before being accepted
into full membership. There is a continuing programme of periodic
audits of members' facilities.
Besides setting high standards of quality in lifting equipment
and its servicing, the Association is also keen to ensure safety
in use. Thus, close liaison with the Health and Safety Executive
and other safety organisations is evident in the activities of
the Association. The 'Code of Practice for the Safe Use of Lifting
Equipment', published by the Lifting Engineers, has been sold
worldwide and is the most up to date and authoritative source
of information and advice available anywhere. Copies may be purchased
through members or direct from the Association.
Throughout its existence, the Association has been deeply involved
in the preparation and implementation of British, International
and European Standards through membership of the British Standards
Institution committees and similar bodies. It is also active in
the legislative field.
Through the medium of the Lifting Engineers Technical Committee
meetings each member has the opportunity of expressing his views
and seeking advice. The knowledge and experience gained by each
of the members is therefore brought together for the benefit of
Training and qualifications
UK legislation has long required lifting equipment to be tested
and examined before first use and examined periodically throughout
its life by a competent person and there are similar requirements
in the new generation of legislation based on European Directives.
In the absence of an official licensing system the Association
developed its own examination qualifications for the Tester and
Examiner and these have run for over 45 years. There is also a
Registration Scheme for qualified personnel.
The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association provides training
courses for member personnel in general lifting gear, manual and
power operated lifting machines, runways and light crane structures,
and covers all aspects from evaluating design, through manufacture,
assembly, testing, examination and certification. The courses
also include considerations of safety in use and legal requirements.
Successful entrants in the Association's specialist examinations
qualify for a diploma.
The Registration Scheme is a more broadly based scheme for Testers
and Examiners which is designed to provide an overall view of
competence. As such, account is taken of their qualifications
in national public examinations, recognised apprenticeships and
other training and experience in the trade, as well as diplomas
awarded by the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association.
Registered persons are entitled to carry an Association Registration
Card which identifies them and states the subjects in which they
Technical support for members
Full time staff and an elected Technical Committee supported by
a reference library of standards and other material plus contacts
with other organisations enable the Association to give considerable
support to its members in dealing with both day to day problems
and more fundamental questions.
Benefits of membership
The benefits of the Lifting Engineers are not therefore confined
to its members only. When dealing with member companies the user
can be confident that he is dealing with organisations that are
capable and have adequate facilities for the work they undertake
and that the personnel concerned are qualified to do their jobs.
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