LEEA is the respected and authoritative representative body for Members involved in all aspects of lifting operations and equipment in the lifting industry worldwide.

The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) is established across the world as the leading trade association for all those involved in the lifting industry. LEEA’s vision is to promote enhanced standards and sustainable development for the worldwide lifting and safety industry. Their mission is to educate, influence and enable so that best practice is normal practice.

LEEA members work in every aspect of the lifting industry, from design, manufacture, refurbishment and repair, through to the hire, maintenance and use of lifting equipment. LEEA has played a key role in this specialised field for over 75 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.

Two of LEEA’s strategic priorities includes the professional development of people across the industry and sustainable development, which is why they have developed such initiatives as Think Lifting and Global Lifting Awareness Day 2020.

Think Lifting

One of the biggest worries for the lifting industry is where the next generation of workforce will come from. LEEA's Think Lifting project, is about engaging directly with local schools to show young people the career options available in the lifting industry.

Like other parts of engineering, the lifting industry needs to recruit new talent to ensure its future sustainability. There are endless career opportunities available to today’s young people, but unfortunately lifting is too often outshined by higher profile careers, which is resulting in a short supply of essential skilled engineers and technicians.

LEEA’s Think Lifting school’s engagement programme aims to bring the opportunities of entering the lifting industry to the attention of pre-option secondary school children (ages 11-13) through linking them to the local lifting sector. By promoting the industry and its role in so many varied sectors, they tell school children: ‘This is where we work, so you might like to consider the apprenticeship in that particular sector’, opening all kinds of career possibilities.

The industry is constantly evolving with the onset of new materials, new innovative ideas, better ways of doing things and the inclusion of modern technologies. We can look forward to these schemes to not only bring young people into our industry but also act as a conduit for delivering new ideas and fresh thinking that will bring the industry into the 21st century.

Global Lifting Awareness Day 2020

Global Lifting Awareness Day 2020 #GLAD2020 is about spreading the word to not only raise the standards but also recognise the importance of having high standards in lifting. It is also about raising awareness around the significance of quality and understanding the vital role lifting plays in so many supply chains and that best practice is critical to avoid risk of injury.

LEEA members are invited to take part in #GLAD2020 on 9 July! GLAD will be a chance for members to take to social media and spread the word about raising standards throughout the global lifting industry and to end user markets. “All too often our members are hidden, ignored or unrecognised by end users and certainly by some of the supply chains that we serve,” says Ross Moloney, Chief Executive Officer - LEEA. “Global Lifting Awareness Day is about getting the whole industry and the associated supply chains to recognise the importance of high standards in lifting, the significance of quality and how to ensure lifting best practice.”

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Benefits of LEEA Membership

► Training services

LEEA deliver training across the world through their Training Specialists and e-Learning platform. Training courses focus on the inspection and thorough examination of role-specific lifting equipment to ensure members operate to stringent technical, legal and safety standards. Their courses incorporate specialist LEEA Assessments, providing successful candidates with Advanced Programme certificates and a LEEA TEAM card. The TEAM card provides evidence of qualifications and identity and is CSCS approved.

► Technical support

LEEA have highly knowledgeable and experienced technical officers available to provide members with technical consultancy and advice services, as well as regular updates on a range of issues including new standards and regulations and warnings about dangerous equipment. Their technical library provides a unique source of information on all aspects of the design, manufacture, testing, examination, certification and supply of lifting equipment, as well as its servicing and safe use.

► Official industry representation

LEEA is the industry voice for Members. They represent the lifting equipment industry at the highest levels including UK, European and international standards organisations, government departments, the UK Health and Safety Executive and certification bodies.

► Resources and information

LEEA produces a range of publications, including the Code of Practice for the Safe Use of Lifting Equipment (COPSULE). This code is recommended by the UK Health and Safety Executive and is generally accepted as the most authoritative source of information on specifying, using and maintaining lifting equipment. They also have an extensive library of best practice information and guidance documents. Plus regular communications and events provide updates on industry news and showcase LEEA's projects and initiatives.

► Promotional and networking opportunities

Each year LEEA host LiftEx, a 2 day trade exhibition in the UK complete with awards ceremony. As well as regional meetings, a Golf Day and various other events throughout the year which give members an opportunity to network, promote themselves and stay up to date with industry developments.


In November 2019, Nobles were announced as the winners of the LEEA Customer Service Award for our Industry-First “Customer Promise”, presented at the LiftEx dinner in Milton Keynes, UK.