June 8 - ESTA is supporting a twin-track approach in an attempt to reduce accidents during the transportation and erection of onshore wind turbines.

Following ESTA and the European Materials Handling Federation's (FEM) cranes and lifting equipment product group conference in Hamburg, Germany in February, which addressed the growing safety and productivity concerns faced by companies involved in the rapidly-changing onshore wind industry, the two organisations met with VDMA Power Systems.

As a result, VDMA, part of the German Engineering Federation, of which major turbine manufacturers are members, is discussing the development of best practise guidelines, with further meetings expected later this year.

Meanwhile, the International Crane Stakeholder Assembly (ICSA) is planning to produce a special guidance paper on standards for access roads and hard stands.

This followed discussions supported by ESTA at the annual meeting of the ICSA in Las Vegas last March, hosted by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA).

Apart from ESTA, AEM and SC&RA, other ICSA members include, FEM and the Crane Industry Council of Australia (CICA).

The guidance paper will be developed by a new working group chaired by Brandon Hitch, chief executive of CICA.


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