The ESTA investigation phase has been completed. Recognized Liebherr’s first European Crane Operators Licence ECOL in Germany. Other sites in Denmark and the Netherlands.
On 2013 the EU, with the support of the European Materials Handling Federation (FEM), approved in Brussels the project presented by ESTA, the European Association for Abnormal Road Transport and Mobile Cranes, to support the creation of certified training courses for a crane operator licence.
Commissions and juries composed of crane operators, groups of specialists and manufacturers, defined the contents of the operator’s licence and defined uniform standards not just in terms of content, but also for training methods and framework conditions.
And now finally, with some excitement, that Liebherr announces that the training centre at Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH was awarded a certificate, which officially enables it to train crane operators for the new European Crane Operators Licence (ECOL).
The certification company, Lloyd´s Register, had first checked that Liebherr could provide the required training and whether the training centre met the high standards. The first three mobile crane operators have since taken and passed the examination with Liebherr. Safe cranes are not enough to reduce accidents at work to a minimum, but it also requires good training for crane operators. Christoph Behmüller, director of the Liebherr Training Center in Ehingen, had already expressed his opinion on the subject when Liebher was still in the course of the certification procedure with ESTA:
“Safety is absolutely paramount. Public institutions, crane contractors and we, the manufacturers, have been providing this for many years in the form of training courses. But we really need standard statutory regulations.”
All the requirements have been suitably fulfilled and the Liebherr Training Centre is now the first certified training Institute for the ECOL mobile crane operator in the whole of Germany.
Liebherr’s program offers two ECOL courses – a 3-week course for mobile crane operators with at least 4 years of experience and a 1-week course for mobile crane operators with at least 8 years of experience. Liebherr still recommends to attend the two-week course for mobile crane operators organised by the German employers’ liability insurance association also organised by Liebherr.
The Liebherr Training Centre in Ehingen has already taken steps to meet the challenge posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Extensive action has been taken so that courses and training sessions (including the ECOL) can still be provided.
There are other sites in Denmark and the Netherlands.