LEEA Launches Lifting & Rigging Conference Middle East in Dubai

A second, high-level, regional conference has been launched by global lifting authority the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association, which will stage the inaugural LEEA Lifting & Rigging Conference Middle East at the Shangri-La Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, December 14-15, 2015.

With the first LEEA Lifting & Rigging Conference taking place later this month (June) in Singapore, the announcement that a Dubai event will offer two days of presentations and networking for lifting industry professionals working with cranes, hoists and rigging equipment in the Middle East will be warmly received by professionals in the region. 

Mark Bridger, a director at LEEA’s organising partner Bridger Howes Limited, said: “The spotlight has well and truly returned to Dubai and the Middle East ahead of the World Expo 2020, which will take place there in five years time. As the region pioneers new paths of development and innovation it is important that an annual, safety-themed lifting conference positions itself to serve those working in construction, urban development and infrastructure projects over the years leading up to the mega show and beyond.”

LEEA is established across the globe as the leading representative body for all those involved in the lifting industry worldwide. It is the respected and authoritative representative body for those who work in every aspect of the industry, from design, manufacture, refurbishment and repair, through to the hire, maintenance and use of lifting equipment.

The global lifting authority has increased its presence in the Middle East over recent years and will play a key role in a geography improving safety and innovation in crane, hoist and rigging applications. The event tagline—“Advancing crane and hoist safety with the leading representative body for the lifting industry worldwide”—captures that concept. 

Safety-themed content will be prevalent throughout the agenda. Early presentations sourced from safety leaders in the region include a paper from HookCam Europe Limited, a division of Compact Lifting Group, which distributes industry leading lifting and safety systems throughout Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Delegates will learn how the HookCam is a wireless camera system that attaches directly to the hook block of a crane and delivers a live video stream to the operator in the cabin. HookCam eliminates the communication issues faced when operating in the blind and gives the operator another set of eyes, with an aerial view from the hook’s perspective. With the HookCam, the operator has more control of risks on the jobsite and can work more safely, efficiently and productively.

LEEA will also update attendees on its current work with standards bodies, industry stakeholders and governments raising health and safety standards in the lifting industry before introducing them to its Academy and TEAM card initiatives and apply their benefits to users of lifting equipment in Dubai and the Middle East. 

The first ever LEEA Lifting & Rigging Conference Middle East is organised by Bridger Howes Limited, www.bridgerhowes.com.

To discuss presentation opportunities or submit papers: Richard Howes, rich@bridgerhowes.com; sponsorship and exhibition enquiries: Mark Bridger, mark@bridgerhowes.com; to register or discuss hotel requirements: Emma Blyth, emma.blyth@leeaint.com.

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