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TOWER CRANES NEW GUIDANCE

SFfC launch tower crane guidance and safety initiative

The Strategic Forum for Construction (SFfC) has announced a range of inititatives designed to make a difference to health and safety practices within the tower crane sector of the construction industry. A number documents are available free to download from the Strategic Forum website. These include guidance on: operator working conditions; erection, use and dismantling of tower cranes; competency and sharing information on incidents/near hits.

Pocket sized copies of a Tower Crane Operator Best Practice will be distributed to all UK tower crane operators and the Safe Crane Campaign will be launched on 26th September at the Battersea site on Wandsworth Rd London. This marks the 2nd anniversary of the Battersea Crane collapse that caused the death of the crane driver and a local resident.

The Safe Crane Campaign will be a partnership with Considerate Constructors Scheme and designed to communicate with the public. It will involve a ‘Safe Crane Campaign’ poster on site hoardings with the contact details of the site manager.

Comment: This is a very positive package of measures and guidance from SFfC that should assist tower crane manufacturers, suppliers and users. The Campaign is also designed to engage the general public by providing information on tower crane safety and a mechanism through which concerns can be raised. This guidance has the full endorsement of HSE and the Campaign is to be welcomed.

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