ECOL makes progress in Denmark

Official Danish recognition of the European Crane Operators Licence (ECOL) has moved a step closer following a meeting last week between ECOL Supervisory Board members Klaus Meissner and Ton Klijn with senior officials from the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), the country’s largest business and employers organisation.

The meeting discussed the next steps needed in Denmark to conclude a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) between the Danish health and safety organisation Arbejdstilsynet (AT) and the ECOL foundation.

The meeting was arranged by the Danish crane association, Dansk Kran Forening, and hosted by ECOL Expert Committee member Kim Hvolbøl from BMS Hvidovre.

ECOL manager and ESTA Director Ton Klijn commented: “We were happy to learn that DI will put its weight behind the ECOL system and will urge the Danish authorities to accept the ECOL scheme as an improvement to safety and efficiency in the crane industry.”

It is expected that the combined efforts of DI and DKF will lead to a recognition of ECOL in Denmark before the second half of 2022.

(Photograph from left to right – Kim Hvolbøl (BMS), Ton Klijn (ECOL), Klaus Meissner (ECOL), Finn Vandborg (BMS), Ebbe Roy (DKF).