Recent Publications and Updates

Recently introduced or updated publications are as follows (the newest release at the top of this list):

TCIG TIN 026 - Lifting of loads Using Fabric Bag has had a recent update.

TCIG TIN 049 - Lifting of Pre-slung Loads has had an update.

Note: TINs 026 and 049 are also applicable to mobile crane operations.

TCIG TIN 054 - Installation of Cameras on Tower Cranes: : The latest publication produced by the Tower Crane Interest Group is a new TIN on the installation of camera systems which are increasingly being fitted to tower crane hook blocks, trolleys or jibs to improve visibility to the operator of the load. The TIN provides guidance on the relevant regulations, mounting positions, maintenance and inspections, installation, in cab monitoring and factors on recording.

TCIG TIN 017 - Radio Communications for Lifting Operations:  Developed In partnership with the Construction Industry’s Lifting Lead AP Group, the CPA’s Tower Crane Interest Group (TCIG) has updated and launched a revised version of the Technical Information Note (TIN) 017 on Radio Communication for Lifting Operations. This is to recognise the increasing importance of clear and reliable communication between the crane operator and the lifting team as signallers are sometimes out of sight of the operator and standard hand signals may be ineffective. With the level of new information, TIN 017 has increased from three to six pages, with new sections added including one on Radio Frequencies, Channels and Coverage, one on Recording of Voice Communications and one on the Training and Monitoring of Users. This section also notes that not all slinger/signaller training course offered by card schemes and others may include comprehensive training on radio usage and the protocols. 

CIG 0701 - Working at Height on Mobile Cranes: As falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries, this publication provides guidance where working at height is required as part of the rigging, use, maintenance, and thorough examination of mobile cranes. It should be carried out by trained personnel, following careful planning, which includes adequate assessment of the risks involved. The publication was updated in July 2022 to cover changes in working practices and updates to regulative requirements.

TCIG TIN 053 - Lifting Loads With Integral Lifting Points: This TIN, devised by both the CPA Tower Crane Interest Group and the construction industry’s Lead AP Group that deals with the issues associated with the lifting of loads with integral lifting points. Loads such as plant, equipment and materials with integral lifting points are frequently lifted on construction sites. However, a range of questions that are frequently raised around the use and confidence on integral lift points from which the TIN has been written to provide answers and further clarification through a concise, five page publication.

CIG 1901 V2 - Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness of Mobile Cranes: This guide provides good practice advice on the duties and responsibilities that a crane owner or driver have to the roadworthiness of their vehicles. It covers what they are legally required to do, what is good practice and gives information on where to seek additional help, including technical assistance or training. This publication was updated in February 2022 to include all mobile crane types.

TCIG 2101 - Safe Use Guidance on Emergency Action Planning and Rescue From Height on Tower Cranes: Guidance for emergency action planning and rescue from height on tower cranes was first introduced as a TIN (013) a number of years ago, with its primary purpose being to indicate what emergency actions should take place for the rescue of persons from height on tower cranes so that wherever tower cranes are erected, the emergency response and rescue of persons from height should be planned for. Due to the extent and depth of the revised content, it has been converted into a full-sized safe use publication and now available for downloading.