Technician proves his worth in lifting course

Alfie Lee, operations director at Straightpoint, left, with Straightpoint product technician Gavin Arnell, who passed the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) P1E Foundation Course
Alfie Lee, operations director at Straightpoint, left, with Straightpoint product technician Gavin Arnell, who passed the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) P1E Foundation Course
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TECHNICIAN Gavin Arnell out-performed lifting equipment professionals of far greater experience to pass an industry course.

Gavin, who works at Straightpoint, a load cell manufacturer in Havant, passed the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association P1E Foundation Course – a training course offered by LEEA, the representative body for the lifting industry.

Gavin participated in a three-day programme that took place at LEEA’s Osprey Court training facility. He had to pass 28 modules covering a range of subjects including standards and codes of practice; wire rope and slings; overhead travelling cranes; and mobile cranes.

He said: ‘Having never seen or heard of much of the subject matter, I was apprehensive about tackling the content in an exam situation. However, as the course progressed I became more confident and embraced it as a learning experience. I was pleasantly surprised though when I passed.’

He has now booked to take the Lifting Equipment General Advanced Programme, a five-day course, in April.

Alfie Lee, operations director at Straightpoint, said: ‘Gavin was the only person on the course with no previous experience and he passed first time. He can take a tremendous amount of encouragement from that.’