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TOWER CRANE NOTIFICATION IN FORCE

New law requires notification of tower cranes on construction sites

The new regulations, known as the Notification of Conventional Tower Cranes Regulations, came into force on 6 April 2010.

The changes relate to ‘conventional cranes’ transported in sections and assembled on site. ‘Self-erecting’ tower cranes (complete units that fold) are not covered by these regulations.

New regulations supplement existing laws

The new regulations are in addition to the existing Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) that require tower cranes to be thoroughly examined by a competent person before first use and on a periodic basis (6 or 12 months depending if they are used to lift persons) or in accordance with a written scheme of examination.

The new regulations:

  • place the duty to notify on the employer
  • require notification of the relevant information within 14 days of thorough examination of the crane
  • require cranes already erected when the Regulations come into force to be registered within 28 days
  • allow electronic notification via the HSE website
Basic information required and will be on database

Details that would have to be notified to HSE are:

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

HSE has issued Guidance on the Regulations.

All details notified are to be contained in a register that will be open to public scrutiny. Notifications are subject to an administration fee of £20.

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