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Cranes & Lifting Equipment

Cranes and Lifting Equipment / Appareils et Equipements de Levage / Krane und Hebezeuge


The Product Group Cranes & Lifting Equipment has competence in the field of:

  • Lifting Equipment (EOT) and Hoisting Equipment: overhead Travelling cranes all types, underhung travelling cranes, jib cranes, revolving column cranes, wall cranes, goliath cranes of all types, cranes equipped with series lifting equipment, electric hoists and winches, belt hoists, electric chain hoists, pneumatic hoists, manually controlled load manipulating devices.
  • Tower and Harbour Cranes (THC): tower cranes, derrick cranes, floating cranes, site cranes, harbour and shipyard cranes, offshore cranes, container cranes, loading bays.
  • Mobile Cranes (MC): lorry loader cranes and mobile cranes.


  • Provide an European Forum to elaborate on technical and economical matters in collaboration with other organizations worldwide serving the same goal.
  • Representation of special members’ interest.
  • Development of technical documents and guidelines on European level (e.g. FEM documents and Position Papers) to promote technologies and expertise.
  • Development of statistics.
  • Provide information on the activities of the European Union and international bodies of direct relevance to the operations of reengineering to its members.


  • PG Cranes & Lifting Equipment Plenary and Board
  • Sub Groups: Lifting Equipment (EOT) and Hoisting Equipment; Tower and Harbour Cranes(THC); Mobile Cranes (MC).

Note: Merged from former FEM Section I Heavy Lifting Equipment, Section V Mobile Cranes and IX (partly) Series Lifting equipment on 11 September 2004, Dresden (Germany).

Companies actively involved in the Product Group

Work in Progress

  • Tower and Harbour Cranes (THC) focuses on CEN/TC 147 WG P 2 and ISO/TC 96 SC 7, Machinery Directive 2006/ 42/ EC, Outdoor Noise Directive 2000/14/EC, CEN/TC 147 WG 2 and liaises with the Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE) and ISO/TC 96 SC 7.
  • Lifting Equipment (EOT) works on statistics for EOT and Hoisting Equipment, several FEM documents and focuses on CEN/TC 147-Cranes, CENT/TC 168, ISO/TC 96 and IEC standards which are of interest for the Sub Group, foreign standards, laws, rules, tax systems.
  • Mobile Cranes (MC) focuses the mind on the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, Outdoor Noise Directive 2000/14/EC, Engine Exhaust Emissions Directive 97/68/EC, Vibration Directive 2002/44/EC, Temporary work at Height Directive 2001/45/EC, road regulation, CEN/TC 147 WG P 1 and ISO/TC 96 SC 6 standards and liaises with American and Japanese Associations.

Free Technical Documents

FEM 1.007 Recommendations to maintain Tower Cranes in Safe Conditions - English version, German version, French version 11/2003
FEM 5.014

External Warning signals of the Rated Capacity Limiter, speed reductions and Event Recorder for mobile cranes - English version

FEM 5.016 Guideline - Safety Issues in Wind Turbine Installation and Transportation - English version, German version, French version, Italian version, Spanish version, Portuguese version, Turkish version 02/2013
FEM 5.018

Event Recorder – Specifications - Mobile Cranes according to EN13000 - English version

FEM 5.019

A brief guide for identification of non-compliant Mobile Cranes - marking of machinery, documents, features - English version

FEM 5.020

Guideline - hydraulic hoses on mobile cranes



Position Papers & Press Releases

  Tower Cranes Lifetime 12/2013
  Lifting Persons with Tower Cranes 11/2013
N 0069 Guidance on application of WEEE2 & RoHS2 to EOTs 03/2014
N 0211 EN 13000 Cranes - Mobile Cranes: Standard to be published 04/2010
N 0219 Mobile Cranes - Influence of wind forces during crane operation 04/2010
N 0241 Putting Mobile Cranes on the Market 09/2010
N 0284 Lifting Persons with Mobile Cranes - English version 05/2011
N 0284 Lifting Persons with Mobile Cranes - German version 05/2011
N 0284 Lifting Persons with Mobile Cranes - French version 05/2011
N 0308 Overload Testing of Mobile Cranes 09/2011
N 0442 Guidance on Lifting Persons with Mobile Cranes (N 0284 - English version) 02/2012
N 0485 Mobile cranes: CE marking & engine emissions 02/2013
N 0513 Indication of stability limits in capacity charts of mobile cranes 12/2012
N 0521 Mobile cranes: Diesel emissions - retrofit of particulate filters 02/2013
N 0616

FEM 5.014 – “Guideline - External Warning signals of the Rated Capacity Limiter, speed reductions and Event Recorder for mobile cranes”; March 2013

N 0617

FEM 5.018 – Guideline “Event Recorder – Specifications - Mobile Cranes according to EN13000 -”; March 2013

N 0654

Mobile Cranes - External Warning Signals

N 0660

Mobile cranes - position on the revision of Directive 97/68/EC on exhaust emissions from NRMM


Guidelines for considering tower crane loads on supporting structures



Guide for Identification of Non-Compliant Tower Cranes and Mobile Cranes -  details are available on the Market Surveillance page



Juha Erikkilä, Erikkilä (Finland)


Associations: France, Finland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey.


Klaus Pokorny
Lyoner Strasse 18

Tel +49 69 6603 1500
Fax +49 69 6603 1496
Email klaus[dot]pokorny[at]vdma[dot]org

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