On 28th February, the British Standards Institution (BSI) released the new version of 'BS7121 Code of Practice for the Safe Use of Cranes: Part 4 – Lorry Loaders'. With an increased emphasis on lift categorisation and the formalisation of lift planning, it's a document that users of lorry loaders will need to be familiar with.
Due to its involvement in the writing of the Standard, ALLMI is of course very well placed to advise its members of the Standard’s requirements, and to incorporate them into the Association’s various training schemes. Executive Director, Tom Wakefield, comments "in terms of standards and legislation development, 2009 was a year which saw a lot of activity within the lorry loader industry. The implementation of the new Machinery directive, as well as the revision of BS7121 Part 4 and EN12999, has meant there are new requirements that importers, service agents and end users need to be aware of, and as the industry Association it’s our job to ensure that members are kept fully informed on these matters. We've achieved this through our usual channels of bulletins, quarterly newsletters, magazine editorial and General Meetings, as well as providing ad hoc advice; but in addition to that, following the release of the new Part 4 and the Machinery Directive, we've recently updated each of the ALLMI training schemes to reflect the new requirements and to further ensure that members remain compliant. The launch of our Appointed Person training course later this year will also add to this, as will the publication of the ALLMI / CPA Best Practice Guide for the Safe Use of Lorry Loaders, the aim of which is to clarify and expand upon the requirements of BS7121 Part 4."