More international recognition for ECOL

ESTA’s new European Crane Operators Licence is to sign its second Mutual Recognition Agreement with the British Columbia Association for Crane Safety (BCACS) from Canada following a meeting in the Netherlands in February.

The agreement means that an ECOL licence and a BCACS licence will be interchangeable and operators holding them will be able to work in both territories.

ESTA Director Ton Klijn said: “This is very good news indeed and shows the growing international interest in ECOL and how it can both improve safety and employment flexibility, allowing good operators to work wherever they are needed.”

ECOL’s first MRA was signed with the Netherlands late last year, and the organization hopes to have a further six MRAs in place by the end of 2020.