ESTA Newsflash: 57-hour closure of the A7 in Germany for the demolition of the Behringstraße bridge

Germany’s central motorway authority Die Autobahn des Bundes has announced the full, temporary closure of the A7 at the end of March, for the demolition of the second half of the Behringstraße bridge near Hamburg. From Friday, March 24 at 1900 until Friday March 27 at 05:00the A 7 will be completely closed between AS … Read more

Don’t forget to enter the ESTA Awards 2023

There is still time to enter the ESTA Awards 2023 – the entry deadline is January 20. The awards will take place on April 20 at the Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin, Noordwijk, near Amsterdam, the Netherlands – only the second time since 2019 that the event has been held in person. The ESTA Awards … Read more

Sarens’ revamped training centre backing ECOL

Sarens inaugurated its revamped operator training centre in Wolvertem, Belgium, last week, increasing its capacity both for classroom and practical crane training operations. The centre has also included ESTA’s European Crane Operators Licence in its courses. To mark the development, the company organised an open day giving interested individuals and companies the chance to explore … Read more

More new members for ESTA

ESTA has announced that it has accepted three new members – two affiliates and one supporter. The two affiliate members are ASA France and Greiner Heavy Engineering. ASA France are project cargo and resource management experts. The company says that by implementing aeronautical principles into other industries, it aims to reduce waste from processes, enhance … Read more

Goldhofer joins ESTA’s SPMT working group

German manufacturer Goldhofer is the latest leading company to join ESTA’s expert working group tasked with revising and expanding its SPMT best practice guide. The group hopes to publish the new document in mid-2023. The group has so far held five meetings and has decided to publish the results of its work as guidance rather … Read more

UK police act on non-compliant abnormal loads

The UK’s Heavy Transport Association has told its members that the country’s West Midlands and Staffordshire Police – covering much of England’s central region – have launched a special operation targeting abnormal transports to ensure that loads are being transported legally, safely and in compliance with the regulations. The HTA, an ESTA member, has warned … Read more

Don’t delay – sign the UK petition for improved driver facilities

All transport companies operating in the UK – whether local international – are being asked to support a petition to the country’s Prime Minister calling for major improvements to the facilities available for truck drivers. The organisation promoting the petition is the UK’s Road Haulage Association and it has already received backing for its campaign … Read more

Christmas boost as Swiss recognise ECOL

Switzerland is the latest country to formally recognise the ESTA’s European Crane Operators Licence as the scheme continues to expand its influence. The news was received this week from the authorities at SUVA (Schweizerische Unfallversicherungsanstalt), the Swiss National Accident Insurance Fund. Alfred Suter, SUVA health and safety specialist, told ECOL: ” We were pleased to … Read more

ICSA proposes lifting plan guidance document

The International Crane Stakeholders Assembly has agreed to develop a new lifting plan guidance document. The issue was proposed by the Crane Industry Council of Australia (CICA) and discussed at the latest ICSA meeting held in Munich during the Bauma exhibition in October. Both ESTA and the SC&RA – the US-based Specialized Carriers and Rigging … Read more

INFRA’s Metsola steps down from ESTA and ECOL

Pia Metsola of Finnish crane association INFRA has stepped down from ESTA and the European Crane Operators Licence expert committee. A popular and knowledgeable figure in the crane industry, she worked with ESTA and ECOL for eight years and chaired INFRA from 2012 until 2020. Metsola decided to resign after selling her crane company Kaakon … Read more