Wireless load monitoring brand Broadweigh is now an associate member of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), the leading representative body for all those involved in the lifting industry worldwide. The membership is the latest step taken by Broadweigh as it strives to be the best – not only in the quality of products that it offers, but in the example the company sets within the entertainment industry.
Jonathan Purdue, Business Development Manager at Broadweigh said: “Becoming members of LEEA is something we are very proud of. We started the ball rolling several months ago, then in May, a representative from the LEEA came to our premises in Exeter for the day and audited all our Broadweigh processes and calibration machines. Applying for membership isn’t something we are obligated to do, but we felt it was the right thing to do – both for ourselves as we continue to promote Broadweigh as the leading name for wireless load cells, and also for our clients who get the peace of mind that comes with knowing that we are keen to demonstrate our compliance with standards set for the lifting industry across the world.”
He continued: “LEEA has played a key role in this very specialised field for over 70 years, from training and standards setting, through to health and safety, the provision of technical and legal advice and the development of examination and licensing systems. As Broadweigh becomes the brand people turn to in order to comply with health and safety and to demonstrate due diligence on their projects, this membership is another testament to our stringently high standards.”
The European Machinery Directive
Earlier this year, Broadweigh became fully compliant with The European Machinery Directive – an initiative which calls for identical requirements for safety in every country within the European Economic Area and this includes rigging accessories such as shackles. As a result of the audit which required very few changes to be made at Broadweigh, all customers purchasing Broadweigh kit are now sent a short document called the Original Instructions manual which includes more general safety and maintenance information. Within the booklet there is space to include details of Broadweigh’s authorised representative that is bringing the product into a country, with a small change being applied to the label on the shackle bow which now includes the year of manufacture and the Broadweigh web address. The manual is also available to download on the Broadweigh website.
Jonathan concluded: “Our customers take safety on their projects very seriously – but the same safety message applies to us. We need to be seen as leading the way when it comes to guaranteeing the safety of our products and feel it is absolutely vital that we set the best example we possibly can within our industry.”