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    NEW CPA CRANE SAFETY GUIDANCE ISSUED

    Guide covers use of mobile lifting appliances beside railways

    The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) Crane Interest Group has launched a new publication entitled Good Practice Guide: Requirements for Mobile Cranes Alongside Railways Controlled by Network Rail.

    The 29-page publication has been produced in close co-operation with Network Rail and is free to download from the CPA website.

    Mobile cranes and other mobile lifting equipment may present a significant risk to railway operations during activities such as rigging, use, maintenance and de-rigging and both Network Rail and crane users have a duty to ensure the safety of the railway.

    The guidance is aimed at temporarily installed non-rail mounted lifting equipment such as wheeled mobile cranes, lorry loader cranes, crawler mobile cranes, mini/compact cranes and chassis mounted mobile self-erecting tower cranes, as well as telehandlers and excavators used for lifting suspended loads.

    Catastrophic potential

    The CPA stress:

    “If the crane or its load falls onto the track, this could lead to a catastrophic accident It therefore essential that best practice is followed to eliminate or reduce this risk to as low as reasonably practicable. In doing so, the crane user will be able to demonstrate to Network Rail and other regulators that adequate measures have been put in place.

    The requirements specified in the publication should be adhered to when mobile cranes are rigged and used alongside Network Rail assets. Early consultation with Network Rail will ensure that any issues are identified and addressed well before any lifting operation starts, thereby avoiding any potential delays to projects.”

    The Good Practice Guide includes topics such as a hierarchy of risk elimination and reduction; detailed requirements for crane configuration and setting up; and lift planning – all with the emphasis on the additional risks of operating in close proximity to the railway. It also includes sample documents such as a foundation pre-rigging inspection report form.

     

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