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    IDENTIFICATION OF ILLEGAL TOWER CRANES

    CECE guidance on dealing with illegal tower cranes now published 

    The Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE) has published a new guide to help crane purchasers confirm that a tower crane is compliant with EU legislation. The guide is intended to address illegal importation and use of non-compliant tower cranes across Europe.

    CECE has collaborated with leading manufacturers to draw up a guide highlighting the most easily identified non-compliant elements of a tower crane’s structure. It provides simplified advice on spotting compliance issues with key crane elements alongside illustrated examples of fully compliant machinery.

    Accidents more likely with ‘non-compliant’ tower cranes

    This CECE Guidance is designed to help to easily distinguish between compliant and non-compliant machinery. It describes only those essential criteria which can be checked even without in- depth knowledge and technical information and is not meant to be comprehensive.

    The guide provides an “early warning” tool and if one or more items are out of line with the criteria CECE argue the equipment is likely to be non-compliant. CECE is concerned that “accidents with non-compliant machines are more likely to happen”. References to use of modularity in tower cranes are also provided in the document.

    The guide states that the most frequently encountered examples of non-compliance include incorrect markings, instructions and documents; the wrong combination of modular components being used; excessive noise emission levels and a lack of additional safety equipment, warnings and correct labeling.

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