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Lifting gear distributor Certex UK, launches new safety and rigging training seminars

National lifting gear distributor Certex UK is launching a series of free training seminars designed specifically for those working in the rigging industry.

Run in conjunction with Crosby – one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of lifting equipment – the one-day course offers a comprehensive review of best rigging practices and inspection knowledge when using slings and rigging hardware, making it ideal for those wanting to enhance or refresh their skills.

The seminars are free of charge to Certex customers who purchase Crosby lifting equipment and will be held across the UK. As well as receiving the latest Crosby rigging workbook, catalogue, rigging card and other relevant training material, participants will receive certificates of attendance on successful completion of the course.

This latest initiative coincides with the appointment of new Certex Training Manager, Adrian Kirkham. He takes over the role from George Coull – who has just retired from the company after almost twenty years’ service during which time he positioned Certex as one of the country’s leading providers of training courses for the lifting industry.

Adrian, who shadowed George for over a year in preparation for the handover, will continue to provide an extensive portfolio of industry specific training courses that can either be carried out at Certex’s own purpose-built facilities or onsite. The company also offers tailor-made training packages, designed around the customer’s own individual needs.

Adrian brings his own considerable expertise to the role of training manager. He started his career at Bridon Ropes, where he became Quality Assurance and Technical Manager and then moved into specialist steel manufacturing working on several high profile projects including the Millennium Dome and Chelsea Football Stadium. Two years ago he joined Certex – initially on the manufacturing side – before being recruited to join the training team.

Adrian believes that quality training has never been more vital to customers, who are offered specialist support from Certex in both selecting and maintaining products. "Choosing and using equipment correctly not only enhances the performance of products but it also extends their life expectancy, which in the long term saves money," he said.

"The safe use of equipment and the ability to conduct thorough examinations is also essential if companies are to meet the statutory legal requirements and we can make sure that employees are adequately trained to do this or alternatively provide the appropriate support from our own engineers."

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