AEM participated in the last virtual meeting of the International Crane Stakeholder Assembly (ICSA), Held earlier this month to continue important efforts related to various crane safety guides.

At the top of the agenda for the ICSA virtual meeting in February was work on three guides, which were last discussed at the group meeting in March last year CONEXPO-CON / AGG 2020 in Las Vegas.

  • Preparation of the mobile crane floor for the construction of wind farms
  • Working with mobile cranes on floating barges
  • Use of mobile cranes for pile driving / extraction work

Discussions at the meeting focused on the timelines for completion in mid to late summer 2021.

The ICSA has already completed three guidelines:

  • Leave mobile cranes unattended
  • Lifting people with mobile cranes
  • Lifting a load with several mobile cranes

These documents are currently available and can be found on the websites of the member associations.

Other global issues of concern to the global crane industry included regional standards and regulations, weighing mobile cranes with portable scales and data loggers.

The next meeting of the group is scheduled for June 15, when work on guideline development is expected to continue.

The ICSA is made up of seven associations that invest their time and expertise in developing guides and communications to promote safe and consistent operations across the global crane industry. These associations are: Association of Device Manufacturers (AEM); The Crane Industry Council of Australia (CICA); Crane Rental Association of Canada (CRAC); The European Association for Abnormal Road Transport and Mobile Cranes (ESTA); European Federation for Material Handling (FEM); Japan Crane Association (JCA); and Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC & RA).

For more information on ICSA, AEM’s involvement in the group and its activities, please contact William “Bernie” Bernhard of AEM at

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