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    TOWER CRANE REGISTER

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    HSE has decided that an official voluntary register of tower cranes will be created. The register (which may become mandatory at a later date) will contain information including the crane make, model, location, managing organisation and owner. The records will probably be retained at the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) in Derbyshire. Colin Wood, the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) Chief commented: “we will totally support this move if it gives confidence to the general public and extra statutory paperwork can be avoided.”

    Comment: The tower crane register is designed to provide public reassurance that tower cranes are operating within a controlled regime. Some may feel that such a register will not make a major contribution to reducing the risk presented by tower cranes. The safety of tower cranes remains critically dependant on the systems for managing and undertaking the erection, maintenance, inspection and thorough examination of cranes. However, if information required for the register is already available it may provide an added measure of regulatory control at minimal cost.

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