Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007

Cranes.

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43. (1) An employer shall ensure that, without prejudice to Regulations 42 and 45,

(a) every crane of variable operating radius, before it is taken into use—

(i) has plainly marked upon it or within the cab the safe working load at various radii of the jib, trolley or crab, and in the case of a crane with a derricking jib the maximum radius at which the jib may be worked,

(ii) is fitted with a suitable accurate automatic safe load indicator or rated capacity indicator, clearly visible to the driver showing at any time the radius of the jib, trolley or crab and the safe working load corresponding to that radius unless-

(I) it is a guy derrick crane (being a crane of which the mast is held upright solely by means of ropes with the necessary fittings and tightening screws),

(II) it is a hand crane which is being solely used for erecting or dismantling another crane, or

(III) it has been assigned by a competent person a safe working load of 1,000 kg or less, and

(iii) has an automatic safe load indicator or rated capacity indicator, if required under subparagraph (ii), which is—

(I) properly maintained,

(II) correctly used, and

(III) tested by a competent person after erection, installation or alteration of the crane for the purpose of any work before the crane is taken into use or returned to use as the case may be,

(b) in the case of a crane which is on occasion dismantled or partially dismantled any jib or boom which is separated from the crane in dismantling is clearly marked so as to indicate the crane of which it is a part,

(c) cranes with derricking jibs are provided with—

(i) such means as will minimise the risk of the accidental raising or lowering of the jib, and

(ii) a jib that does not exceed the maximum radius specified by the manufacturer or by a competent person in a report pursuant to Regulation 53,

(d) a crane travelling on rails is provided with deflector plates to remove from the rails any loose material likely to cause danger,

(e) where the safety of work equipment depends on the installation conditions on a construction site—

(i) after each assembly of a tower crane or after any adjustment to any member which may affect the strength or stability of the crane, and before it is put into use, it is subject to a static test with a test coefficient of 1.25 and a dynamic test with a test coefficient of 1.1, taking account of any direction from the machine manufacturer, and

(ii) where the stability of a crane is secured by means of removable weights, a diagram or notice indicating the amount and position of such weights is affixed on the crane so that it can be readily seen and each such removable weight is clearly marked with its correct weight, and

(f) notwithstanding any other provisions of this Chapter, lifting equipment used on a construction site is examined weekly by the user as regards features related to its safe working and a record of the results is kept in a suitable form which is kept available for inspection by an inspector for 3 months from the date of examination.

(2) The use of an excavator, telehandler, loader or combined excavator/loader as a crane is subject to Part C of Schedule 1.