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    TOWER CRANE SAFETY

    Industry body considers ‘register’ of tower cranes

     

    Construction industry specialists have met twice in 2009 to tackle plant-related safety issues. The Plant Safety Group (part of the Strategic Forum for Construction) was formed in late 2008. Colin Wood, Construction Plant-hire Association Chief Executive, chairs the new group and said:  “through this new group we have been able to continue the work done on tower cranes, but there are many other issues that we will be dealing with straight away, including use of quick hitches on excavators.”

    The first meeting discussed the proposal for a ‘register of tower cranes’ made by the DWP Select Committee (SC) in 2008. The Plant Safety Group has provided HSE with an industry view on this issue. The Select Committee report stated: “We are extremely concerned at the number of incidents and fatalities involving tower cranes and other plant on construction sites and call on the HSE to urgently bring forward proposals such as a national register of plant including ownership, age, design type, date of last inspection and any other relevant factors.”

    Comment: On the 28th January 2009 the HSE Board is considering an oral report on the issue of a tower crane register. This SC suggestion does not fit readily with the UK health and system of regulation and may in any event have been overtaken by industry action on tower cranes.

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