ILLAPG Publications

ILLAPG Meeeting Dates

The next online meeting of the ILLAPG is scheduled for Thursday 29th February 2024 commencing 11.00am. To receive a link to the meeting, please contact Katie Kelleher at

About the ILLAPG

The Industry Lifting Lead AP Group (ILLAPG) was formed a number of years ago to bring together like minded people within the construction sector in order to encourage improved collaboration and co-ordination, aiding communication between working groups, associations, governing bodies, contractors, owners and suppliers.

The principle aim of the ILLAPG is to support industry on improvements and assistance to make lifting operations safer and more efficient through areas such as technical and training standards

The Group since its conception has grown rapidly, gathering more and more industry interests with a wider membership that includes those from contractors, manufacturers (crane & lifting accessories), crane companies, trainers, card schemes as well as AP’s from all levels of the industry.

CPA is providing a secretariat-level role to the group which also allows a harmonisation with the long-standing publications and safety work undertaken by the CPA's crane and tower crane interest groups.

The Groups current focus in on a 'Hands off - Step Away - Safe Space' campaign for which presentation slides and posters can be downloaded FoC below.

For more information on the ILLAPG, contact Katie Kelleher at

Accidents and incidents when lifting loads

Following several incidents with loads and people interaction – it was clear changes were needed at an industry level. This was further reinforced following an industry wide survey carried out by the ILLAPG in the Summer of 2022 following a tragic fatality during a slinging/signalling activity at Gatwick.

A slide presentation, which outlines a new national approach based on the title of 'Hands off - Step Away - Safe Space', has been produced by the ILLAPG working group and can be downloaded below. The aim is to reduce people / load interface incidents in the future.

Further information and resources on this subject will be posted throughout 2024 by the ILLAPG.

Key Message Poster

The ILLAPG are distributing a key message poster on safe load handling, devised by one of their members. This poster forms part of the wider campaign being undertaken by the ILLAPG, as above, on the topic of 'Hands off, Step Away, Safe Space' and part of a number of actions following the slinging/signalling fatality.

The poster can be downloaded below

Schedule of Common Lifts

The ILLAPG have produced a Schedule of Common Lifts publication, which has been produced to provide guidance on lifting methods for a number of loads frequently lifted on construction sites. 

The schedule, published by NOCN, is designed to support both the training of lift planners on dedicated courses and further to provide additional guidance for the competent person planning or responsible for a lifting operation, supplement the information contained within a lift plan.

The group are keen to stress however that the publication highlights good practice but is not, and nor is it intended to be, a substitute for appropriate lift planning by a competent person and remind the industry that all lifting operations must carried out in compliance with LOLER 1998 and the relevant standards e.g. BS 7121. The Schedule for Common Lifts publication can be downloaded free of charge below.