Crane and RiggingMember company representatives from AEM’s Tech & Safety Crane Technical Committee recently traveled to Melbourne, Australia to attend this year’s gathering of the International Crane Stakeholders Assembly (ICSA).

Held Oct. 22-23 and hosted by the Crane Industry Council of Australia (CICA), the ICSA gathering consisted of three separate meetings and dealt with several key issues affecting both crane and rigging users and manufacturers.

The meetings brought together international associations representing the crane and rigging industry and crane manufacturers, and they served to foster the sharing of information and the harmonization of industry standards, as well as providing ample time for networking.

Members from AEM’s Tech & Safety Crane Technical Committee who attended the latest ICSA meetings in Melbourne were Stephanie Wood from Terex and Ingo Schiller from Tadano.

Issues of note discussed this year include:

  • An update and action for draft ICSA position paper on ground conditions
  • An update and action for draft ICSA position paper on cranes on barges
  • Discussion on high performance fibre rope development and impact on lifting charts and rigging convenience
  • A summary of developments to the following crane standards: EN 13000, B30.5, and B30.30 

For more information regarding the International Crane Stakeholders Assembly (ISCA) and AEM’s Tech & Safety Crane Technical Committee, contact AEM Technical and Safety Services Manager William “Bernie” Bernhard (wbernhard@aem.org, tel: 414-298-4106).

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