The Health and Safety Executive manages a registry of tower cranes that will be in effect April 6, 2010.

Guidance Preps UK Construction Sector for Crane Reports

Beginning April 6, the Health and Safety Executive must be notified within 14 calendar days of a competent person's inspection of a tower crane that is assembled on site.

The Health and Safety Executive's registry of tower cranes will soon be in effect, so the agency -- the British equivalent of OSHA -- has posted guidance to help the construction industry comply with the new regulations. Only tower cranes assembled on a construction site are covered.

Whoever is responsible for ensuring a crane is thoroughly examined by a competent person should also ensure the notification to HSE is made. The rules say such an exam is required after a crane's installation before it is used for the first time on a site; when a crane on site is reconfigured, such as when the height of the mast is changed; when the crane is on site long enough for the existing exam to expire; and "if exceptional circumstances liable to jeopardize the safety of the crane have occurred."

The regulations apply to conventional tower cranes, defined as a "slewing jib type crane with jib located at the top of a vertical tower and which is assembled on a construction site from components."

Once a crane has been thoroughly examined, it may be used immediately -- the regulations do not prevent its use during the 14-day period after its exam during which the notification is required.

The information to be submitted includes the name and address of the crane's owner or lessor, the construction site's address, serial number or some other information that identifies the crane, and whether the exam "revealed any defects involving imminent risk of serious personal injury," according to the guidance.

Product Showcase

  • Magid® D-ROC® GPD412 21G Ultra-Thin Polyurethane Palm Coated Work Gloves

    Magid’s 21G line is more than just a 21-gauge glove, it’s a revolutionary knitting technology paired with an advanced selection of innovative fibers to create the ultimate in lightweight cut protection. The latest offering in our 21G line provides ANSI A4 cut resistance with unparalleled dexterity and extreme comfort that no other 21-gauge glove on the market can offer! Read More

  • Matrix's OmniPro Vision AI Collision Avoidance System

    OmniPro Vision AI is a state-of-the-art collision avoidance system that features NIOSH award-winning Visual Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology. This highly accurate, powerful system identifies and alerts on pedestrians, vehicles and specified objects, ensuring safer facilities, mining operations and industrial sites. With its web-based cloud application, OmniPro Vision AI also logs and analyzes a wide range of data related to zone breach notifications. Operating without needing personal wearable devices or tags, OmniPro has visual and audible zone breach alerts for both operators and pedestrians. Read More

  • NoiseCHEK Personal Noise Dosimeter

    SKC NoiseCHEK is the easiest-to-use dosimeter available! Designed specifically for OEHS professionals, SKC NoiseCHEK offers the easiest operation and accurate noise measurements. Everything you need is right in your palm. Pair Bluetooth models to your mobile devices and monitor workers remotely with the SmartWave dB app without interrupting workflow. Careful design features like a locking windscreen, sturdy clip, large front-lit display, bright status LEDs, and more make NoiseCHEK the top choice in noise dosimeters. Demo NoiseCHEK at AIHA Connect Booth 1003. Read More

Featured

Artificial Intelligence