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            Keeping it Safe and Efficient When Working in Wind
             Denis Hogan, Performance and Special Projects Manager at the Lifting   Crane Industry Services
            Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), highlights the regulations for   Updates Lift Director
            working safely and efficiently with lifting equipment in the European wind   Training Program
            energy sector.                                                       Crane Industry Services, LLC (CIS),
             As the wind energy sector expands, so too does its requirement for lifting   Carrollton,  Ga.,  launched  an  updated
            equipment, for which this relatively new industry sets several challenges.   Lift Director training course in Febru-
            Working with lifting equipment must be carried out with safety as the prior-  ary. Designed to be more interactive,
            ity because working at height in any application exposes people to risk. But   the three-day course  features case
            working in the wind energy sector also often adds harsh environments into   studies  and an  emphasis  on  under-
            the equation. This compounds the costs of maintenance in a sector where   standing load charts.
            uptime is  already a priority in  order to maintain energy generation.  So   “A Lift Director is the person respon-
            downtime must be minimized to enhance safety and efficiency.       sible at the moment of the lift,” explains
             There are two key pieces of legislation that applies to all lifting equipment   Cliff Dickinson, President of CIS. “On
            and accessories that may be used in the wind energy sector in Europe. The
            Machinery Directive polices the market in the first instance then, when the
            equipment is in service, the Work Equipment Directive applies to servicing,
            maintenance, repair and thorough examination inspection.
             Given that the lifting equipment is fit for the intended purpose, having
            a regular maintenance program is crucial because of the environment in
            which it operates – even onshore the equipment can be subjected to highly
            corrosive  atmospheres.  A regular  program of  maintenance  is  not  just  to
            identify repairs but also to maintain equipment in good working order. In
            addition, the equipment needs to be thoroughly examined according to the
            appropriate regulations.
             As mentioned this is primarily the Work Equipment Directive, but it is
            also important to follow the subtle difference of the regulations of the coun-
            try in which the equipment is operated. For example, in the UK this means
            LOLER (The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998),
            and PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998).
             When designing a program for maintenance, it is vital that the risks and
            the conditions involved and the environment in which it operates are taken
            into consideration. The program for thorough examinations may need to be
            at a greater frequency than is required by the Work Equipment Directive,
            as is the case in UK. A greater frequency mitigates the risks involved and
            the greater likelihood of something going wrong.
             One of the best ways to minimize the risks around using and maintaining
            lifting equipment in the wind energy sector is to use a member of the Lifting
            Equipment Engineers Association. LEEA has many members throughout
            Europe who are active in the offshore renewable energy sector – whether
            as installers, duty holders, owners or persons engaged in thorough exami-  Crane Industry Services Updates Lift Director
            nation activities including service and maintenance. They will have been   Training Program
            audited to ensure they provide a gold standard that assures operators in the
            wind sector an excellent service.                                  small lifts, there can be overlapping
                                                                               responsibilities, and some people may
                                                                               wear more than one hat. For example,
                                                                               the crane operator may also be the
                                                                               lift director. But in larger companies
                                                                               there’s  the lift director,  project man-
                                                                               ager,  the  site  supervisor,  the  general
                                                                               contractor’s representative—they’re all
                                                                               individual jobs,” said Dickinson.
                                                                                 Following language in OSHA 29 CFR
                                                                               1926 Subpart CC and ASME B30.5-
                                                                               3.1.3.2.2, Dickinson explains that a lift
                                                                               director must understand his or her role
                                                                               in the context of their own organization.
                                                                                 A Lift Director, regardless of size or
                                                                               structure  of the organization, must
                                                                               have knowledge about cranes and rig-
                                                                               ging, setup and operation. “We review
                                                                               and analyze load charts, rigging and
                                                                               angles, load weights, swing dynamics,
                                                                               etc.,” said Dickinson.
                                                                                 Although there is no pre-requisite for
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