Words from the EDA President: 2021 starts with two launchesPublished 9/3 at 11:48
We at the European Demolition Association (EDA) continue with our work, beginning 2021 with more desire than ever to move forward, to share knowledge and experiences and, in short, to generate synergies.
We do so after a year in which we have learned to adapt to a situation we never imagined, and from which we have emerged stronger, professionally and, of course, personally.
A sample of the constant work carried out by the association can be found in two publications that will see the light of day in this first half of the year. These two publications are we believe to of great importance for our sector and are titled: ‘The guide about attachments for demolition and recycling’, and, ‘The guide about carriers for demolition and recycling’. These publications are scheduled for release in April and May respectively. They will be followed, in the near future, by the release of a third publication, the closing of this trilogy, which is already in the works: ‘The guide about couplers for demolition and recycling’.
In terms of objectives, these guides aim to give a general overview of demolition carriers and demolition attachments, explaining their basic characteristics, their functionalities, general requirements, how the equipment should be managed, how to use them safely in working conditions and the regulatory framework that is applicable. The origin of these guides, which have been developed through two working groups created by the EDA, lies in the last two ‘Think Tanks’ that were organised jointly by EDA and the Committee for European Construction Equipment, in 2018 and 2019. There it became clear that there is a need to discuss and work together to develop basic guidelines related to standardisation and provide recommendations for the safe use of attachments and carriers used for demolition and recycling applications.
It is for this reason, and taking into account the different interpretation of the regulations from each country and internal criteria of each manufacturer that saw the EDA decide to take the initiative and create these informative guides. The goal was to solve any doubts that may arise for contractors and end users when planning to execute a project in which demolition and recycling go hand in hand. With these publications, which are intended to serve as a reference document for professionals in the sector, we are starting 2021 in which we will once again work on a study of the industry, publish our yearbook and focus on education.
The EDA was founded in 1978 and is the leading platform for national demolition associations, demolition contractors and suppliers. The EDA has a strong focus on developments in Europe, which are of interest to the demolition industry.