Plant & Machinery Safety Guidance – Tower Cranes

Tower crane safety has been under the microscope since the Canada Square collapse in London in 2000, with the introduction of the Notification of Tower Cranes Regulations 2010 (amended) which were then subsequently recommended for revocation by Professor Lofstedt in his November 2011 review of health and safety legislation – Reclaiming Health & Safety For All, citing that they had little value or benefit and estimated the cost to industry in the first year to be £72,000 and £203,000 over ten years.

There are currently however, excellent publications available from the CPA Tower Crane Interest Group (TCIG) and Safe Crane Campaign to download including a free DVD regarding tower crane safety and best practice.

There are many types of cherry pickers in current use within the steel erection industry, Niftylift Deckriders which can be seen in the short film is a static base cherry picker that sits on a steel ‘sled’ which has lifting points to allow it to be craned into position quickly and easily. Developed specifically to help compliance with ‘Working at height’ regulations in the steel erection industry. Nifty static base cherry pickers have a base frame that incorporates a variable width facility to cater for differing pitches of profiled steelwork.