CHIG Guidance Publications Update

The Construction Hoist Interest Group have recently reviewed and amended two of their publications.

CHIG 1101: Maintenance, inspection and thorough examination of construction hoists.

The purpose of this guidance is to help those involved with maintenance, inspection and thorough examination of construction hoists to achieve a better awareness of the processes involved and the good practice required to ensure that these are carried out effectively.

This guidance outlines the steps that should be taken by construction hoist owners, maintenance and inspection personnel and users in order to comply with the requirements of the law. In particular, it deals with competence of maintenance personnel, key maintenance tasks, inspection and the process of thorough examination. It also includes check lists and report forms for pre-use checks, weekly inspections and thorough examination and should be read in conjunction with BS 7212: Code of practice for safe use of construction hoists. The latest amendments are mainly updates to legislative requirements.

CHIG 0501: Transporting Scaffolding in Construction Hoists (Including Transport Platforms).

This good practice guide, produced in conjunction with the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation, has also been subject to minor amendments and was originally produced to provide clarity around the safe use of construction hoists for the transportation of scaffolding materials.

When a hoist is delivered to a site and erected adjacent to scaffolding, it is common practice for the scaffolding contractors to use the machine to carry scaffold materials as the scaffolding is extended to the higher levels. Hoists used for this purpose are referred to as a temporary scaffolding transportation system (TSTS) to differentiate them from hoists used conventionally.

Whilst this is regarded as the safest method of lifting these materials, it is essential that the use of a TSTS for this purpose is effectively planned and supervised, otherwise the operation may create unacceptable risks. The updated publication provides guidance on planning, role of personnel, training and familiarisation of personnel, siting, safe use, as well as maintenance, inspection and thorough examination requirements. It further provides guidance to the hoist supplier on the procedures necessary before handing over the hoist to scaffolders. Again, the amendments are mainly to legislative requirements.

Both CHIG 1101 and CHIG 0501 can be downloaded free of charge from Construction Hoists publications page.