Date 19 September 2018
Leading equipment manufacturer Liebherr has agreed to become an approved training centre for ESTA’s planned European Crane Operators License (ECOL) after talks between the two organisations in August.
The agreement is a big step-up for the ECOL project, which is now in its final testing before going live early 2019. When Liebherr is ECOL-ready, it will be able to train and test operators for the ECOL-licence and can use the ECOL. In addition, Liebherr’s respected crane operator course can be credited to the ECOl licence.
Christoph Behmüller of the Training Department at Liebherr-Werk Ehingen said that ECOL has long been supported by Liebherr and the crane manufacturers through FEM. “ECOL is another important step towards more safety in crane operation. It is a great concern of ours to support and promote this project,” he said.
To date, ESTA has run one ECOL “test” pilot project at Mammoet’s training centre in Rotterdam. The next pilot project will take place in Denmark on September 17 and will be followed by two more, in the Netherlands and Italy, before the scheme goes live early in 2019.