Safe Crane Campaign
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Tower Crane Interest Group (TCIG)
Communicating with the Public –
Safe Crane Campaign
A Safe Crane Campaign has been set up and is administered by the Considerate Constructors Scheme. The ‘Safe Crane Campaign’ poster will be on site hoardings where tower cranes are being used, clearly showing the contact information for the Site Manager and a link to this website.
Considerate Constructors Scheme registered sites
The Considerate Constructors Scheme will support the ‘Safe Crane Campaign’ by issuing campaign posters to all sites registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme where tower cranes will be used. The experienced Scheme Monitors will be able to assist Site Managers with any questions they may have by directing them to the most appropriate source of relevant information.
Non-Considerate Constructors Scheme Sites
The Construction Plant-hire Association will support the 'Safe Crane Campaign' by promoting the use of the posters on some of those construction sites not associated with the Considerate Constructors Scheme. Tower crane rental companies have a key role to play in developing, adopting and disseminating best practice, and CPA will recommend to its members all the safety initiatives coming from the Forum.
This will complement the Forum's own work in getting the message to the contractors.
Competency Working Group
This group, with representatives from ConstructionSkills, contractors, construction professionals, house builders and the HSE, worked to produce guidance which clarifies the minimum qualifications and additional competency requirements for all those involved in the planning and use of tower cranes.
Tower cranes are used on construction sites because of their unparalleled ability to lift and move loads safely and efficiently over a wide area. However, this wide range of operation requires planning and coordination if the tower crane is to fulfil its role and maintain the high level of safety required.
At all construction phases, the people involved must have the right combination of training, skills and experience to enable them to discharge their responsibilities in a competent and efficient manner. The aim of this document is to provide duty holders with information on minimum standards of competence, to help in their selection of personnel, and the assessment of relevant capabilities. The document sets out minimum qualifications and additional competencies for all personnel directly involved in the planning and use of tower cranes.
The report is made in the context of the Leitch Review, and ConstructionSkills’ commitment to the Skills Pledge. As a result, formal qualifications are recommended wherever possible, and where a range of qualifications are available, the recommendation has been set at the higher level.
Maintenance, Inspection and Thorough Examination Working Group
The consequences of any failure of a tower crane are likely to be extremely serious, with the potential for multiple fatalities. It is therefore extremely important that tower cranes are effectively maintained to ensure continued safe and efficient operation over time. This group, with representatives from the HSE, insurers and tower crane assessors, worked with the CPA’s Tower Crane Interest Group and assisted with the production of best practice guidance on the maintenance, inspection and examination of tower cranes.
Both the maintenance and thorough examination of tower cranes are required by law and the purpose of this Best Practice Guide is to set out, in clear and concise terms, both the requirements and Best Practice for meeting these requirements. The document is split into two sections – Maintenance and Thorough Examination, to emphasise that these are separate, although complimentary, activities.
The Best Practice Guide is aimed primarily at tower crane owners, and those managing and carrying out the maintenance and thorough examination of tower cranes. The document will also be of help to other groups such as tower crane users.
Erecting, Using and Dismantling Cranes and Inductions of Tower Crane Teams
The group looking at this aspect comprised representatives from major contractors, and tower crane suppliers and hirers, examined the issues of the use of tower cranes on site and site induction for tower crane teams. It has produced guidance that covers the complete site management structure that should be in place for the safe use of cranes from start to finish. It also includes advice on conducting site-specific induction for tower crane operators and teams.
The processes of erection, climbing or dismantling of a tower crane are probably the most safety critical stages during the time that a tower crane is on a particular site. This document gives stage-by-stage guidance to contractors and tower crane providers on the planning process, from the selection of the crane type, through the development of safe systems of erection to the final thorough examination and handover for use. The document includes a multi-stage checklist, to help ensure all relevant issues and actions are considered at the right time.
A permit system has been included to help ensure that, ‘on the day’, all physical precautions are in place; that the erection team is competent and fully briefed on the safe system of work and that they have in their possession all the relevant technical information.
The document also contains recommendations regarding special site inductions for tower crane erection, maintenance and operating teams.