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Crane Interest Group

The Crane Interest Group was the original interest group and the largest of all the SIGs, commanding respect both in the UK and in Europe. Members of CIG were heavily involved in the writing of the British Standard 7121 series - Safe Use of Cranes and have also been continually involved in all of the many revisions which have subsequently taken place.

CIG further helped produce CPA Contract Lifting Services Conditions to be used both for Contract Lifts and machine moving operations and helped produce the Supplementary Conditions for crane hire to use in conjunction with the CPA Model Conditions for the Hiring of Plant.

CIG were further heavily involved in the drafting of revisions to the STGO regulations with the Department for Transport, enabling mobile cranes to travel with higher axle loadings and at more realistic road speeds, and continually introduce new and updated versions of their series of safety publications and technical information notices, giving guidance both to the crane rental companies and their customers.

CIG has a steering group and holds an annual open meeting for industry and is currently Chaired by Peter Gibbs from Ainscough Crane Hire Ltd, who continues to undertake dialogue with CIG members during 2022 and for 2023 to ascertain group priorities and objectives.

The Crane Interest Group through the CPA are also members of ESTA. More information can be found using the link below.