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    TOWER CRANE REGISTER APPOVED BY HSE

    HSE Board agree tower crane register recommendations

    Details of a statutory tower crane register have been agreed within HSE and will now be put to Ministers for approval and implementation by April 2010. The regulations will be restricted to the 1300 conventional tower cranes in use on British construction sites.

    All details notified to HSE will be contained in a public register and must be notified within 14 days of thorough examination of the crane including:

    • where the tower crane is being used
    • name and address of the crane owners
    • details needed to identify the crane
    • date of thorough examination
    • details of employer for whom the examination made
    • whether defects posing a risk of serious injury were detected.

    The register is in response to increasing public concern about tower crane safety. Eight people have been killed in incidents involving tower cranes since 2000, including one member of the public.

    Philip White, HSE Chief Inspector of Construction said: “There have been a number of high profile and tragic failures of tower cranes in recent years and there is widespread interest in finding ways to improve safety. The public consultation has helped us to develop a proportionate response to an established risk. We have learnt a great deal from recent incidents and are working together with hirers, suppliers, manufacturers and stakeholders to ensure that anything we have learnt is acted upon.”

    The register is part of a package of measures which involves HSE and the construction industry continuing to work together to address issues around tower cranes: creating a competency requirements framework for crane erectors and dismantlers; undertaking more research into the effect of wind loading on cranes; consideration of the adequacy of crane design standards; greater research to improve understanding of crane accidents at an international level; greater promotion of the industry safe crane campaign to improve public confidence in crane safety..

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