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Tower crane safety (June 2017)


Tower cranes are a vital element in the construction process. Any crane collapse is likely to result in injury to members of the public outside the boundaries of the site as well as personnel working inside the site. Collapse of tower cranes also presents a risk to adjacent railways and roads.

Guidance has been published by CIRIA, Tower crane stability (C654) – under review presently. 

This guidance ( aims to, “… bring together important practical and design issues that impact on health and safety and to present a current understanding of best practice based on the experience of a wide cross-section of the industry.  The document is intended to promote the safe design of foundations for, and use of, tower cranes through an improved understanding of temporary works design and health and safety issues. …”.

Other advice is available (see links, right) from:

  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
  • British Standards Institution (BSI), BS 7121-5:2006, Code of practice for safe use of cranes. Tower cranes.
  • Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA).
  • The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).
  • PAS 8812:2016, Temporary works. Application of European Standards in design. Guide.