LEEA Reaches 500th Member

The Indonesian branch of All-Rig Lifting and Engineering Supplies Pty Ltd has become the 500th member of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA). Originally formed in 1944, the LEEA has expanded rapidly in recent years, with membership more than tripling since 2003.

Welcoming its latest member, Geoff Holden, chief executive of the LEEA, said: “The growing interest in LEEA membership reflects the quality and integrity of the training, accreditation and support services we provide for the overhead lifting industry. Our members and staff have worked incredibly hard to develop the association, with notable achievements including the creation of a purpose-designed training centre, new membership committees in the Middle East, Singapore and Australia, and the introduction of the ‘TEAM card’ identity scheme for engineers that pass our Diploma examination.”

All-Rig Indonesia joins its Australian-based operation as a full member of the LEEA. Outlining some of the key benefits they enjoy, Mark Heath, general manager of All-Rig, said: “Being a member of the LEEA has enhanced our position as a creditable organisation by ensuring that our employees are trained to the highest level within the lifting equipment industry. It has also enabled the company to provide a range of services – such as on-site inspections, testing and supply of lifting equipment – where clients will only specify LEEA-accredited suppliers. In the area of Indonesia where All-Rig is based there is a significant offshore oil industry, and LEEA qualifications are mandatory in providing services to a large number of companies in this sector.”

Established as the Chain Testers Association in London in 1944, the LEEA is now a truly global organization, with over half of its members based outside the UK. The LEEA provides them with access to industry-recognised, CPD-certified training, qualifications and accreditation for lifting equipment engineers. Every year, hundreds of people participate in the LEEA’s distance learning courses and Diploma examination program. Furthermore, the LEEA offers a series of practical training courses, held at its purpose designed training centre in Huntingdon, and other locations worldwide. The LEEA also produces authoritative publications on the safe use of overhead lifting equipment, and is actively involved in the preparation of regulations and standards.

LEEA member companies are involved in the design, manufacture, hire, repair, refurbishment, test, examination, verification and use of lifting equipment. Applicants are subject to an initial technical audit before full membership is granted, and then to a continuing program of assessments. For large-scale users of overhead lifting equipment, associate membership is available, providing benefits such as access to technical information and training, without the need for auditing. Further details on the activities of the LEEA and a full list of members can be found at: www.leeaint.com

All-Rig Lifting and Engineering Supplies Pty Ltd is an active supplier of lifting and rigging supplies in the Asia-Pacific region. For more details on the company’s products and services, go to www.allrig.com.au

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