Tower Crane Interest Group Publications
The Tower Crane Interest Group (TCIG) have produced a range of guidance documents and technical information notices which can be downloaded free of charge below:
Tower Crane Interest Group (TCIG) - Technical Information Notes
Publication 'Hands Off Step Back 5 Paces
Following a fatality where during the initial stage of the lift, the load became snagged on an obstruction, resulting in the sling being overloaded and breaking and the load falling on the Slinger / Signaller, the Principal Contractor has issued a Technical Briefing Note (TBN) titled ‘Hands off, Step back 5 Paces’. This publication provides learning material to mitigate future incidents of the same nature and intended to reduce the risk of loads striking personnel due to unexpected load movement as well as provide a series of actions that are a hierarchy of control.
The TBN can be downloaded below.
Schedule of Common Lifts
The Industry Lifting Lead AP Group have produced a Schedule of Common Lifts publication, which has been produced to provide guidance on lifting methods for a number of loads frequently lifted on construction sites.
The schedule, published by NOCN, is designed to support both the training of lift planners on dedicated courses and further to provide additional guidance for the competent person planning or responsible for a lifting operation, supplement the information contained within a lift plan.
The group are keen to stress however that the publication highlights good practice but is not, and nor is it intended to be, a substitute for appropriate lift planning by a competent person and remind the industry that all lifting operations must carried out in compliance with LOLER 1998 and the relevant standards e.g. BS 7121. The Schedule for Common Lifts publication can be downloaded free of charge below.
The Safe External Climbing of Tower Cranes Video
This is an educational film that tackles the safer climbing of tower cranes and raises the awareness of safe practices which can avoid potential risks at all stages of tower crane climbing and aims at driving improvements across the industry to rule out incidents. 'The Safe External Climbing of Tower Cranes' film was developed and produced jointly by Bovis Lend Lease and Select Plant Hire, working in partnership with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) as well as the CPA.
The film offers step-by-step practical advice through all stages of tower crane climbing, from planning stages through to onsite activities, including identification of the planning required before work and on site, on the day.
The film compliments the Climbing of Tower Cranes publication - TCIG 1101, produced by the CPA Tower Crane Interest Group, which outlines good practice, potential hazards, development of safe systems of work and the essential checks to be carried out both before and during climbing activiites.