The advantages of developing the European Crane Operators Licence [ECOL] are considerable The key ones are as follows:
Formulating the minimum skill requirements of a crane operator, and making it demonstrably clear who meets these requirements, will improve safety.
2. Mobility of qualified personnel within Europe
ECOL will enable companies to take their own personnel abroad and will help in the process of obtaining personnel from other countries. In addition, ECOL will makes it easier to verify whether a foreign contractor meets the specific national requirements in force.
3. Quality assurance of personnel [licensed personnel only]
Currently in Europe there are widely differing requirements for crane operating. When a company carries out a project abroad and has to make use of local personnel, it is important both for safety and liability that the value of the diploma an employee holds is clear.
4. Higher safety standards in operations through Europe
By determining the minimum safety requirements for crane operating, the joint safety level within European countries will increase. Countries with high safety levels will not make concessions in the area of safety; ECOL will act as the highest common denominator, raising the minimum safety standards across the board.
5. Reduced training and education costs
Currently, some personnel need to be trained when a project is carried out in another country rather than their own. ECOL will reduce the need for this.
6. Increased effectiveness of industry
Transparency and interchangeability of diplomas and certificates will simplify the process of hiring and deploying personnel. With a European register of ECOL-licensed crane operators it is easily and quickly verified who meets the requirements and can be safely deployed.
7. Making the European crane industry more competitive
ECOL will enable medium-sized companies in Europe to operate more efficiently and better able to compete with the few global players, helping strengthen the European economy.