This document seeks your comments on proposed new regulations requiring the notification of tower cranes.
Since 2000 there have been a number of high profile incidents and deaths involving tower cranes. These have led to public concern over tower crane safety and in 2008 the Work and Pensions Select Committee, inquiring into the work of the HSE, called on HSE to bring forward proposals for a national register. At its meeting in January 2009, the HSE Board agreed that, on tower crane safety, work was required to address public concerns and respond to the Select Committee’s recommendation and, in addition to other measures already in place, a register of tower cranes was needed. The register would form part of a package of measures which involves HSE and the construction industry continuing to work closely to address issues around tower cranes such as improving the competence of installers and operators, improving design.
The proposed regulations will require employers who use 'conventional' tower cranes (i.e tower cranes that are assembled on site; the type involved in the high profile incidents) on construction sites to notify certain information about the crane to HSE; HSE will make arrangements for this information to be made publicly available in a national register. HSE has had preliminary discussions with some stakeholders over the proposed regulations, including members of the Construction Industry Advisory Committee, UCATT, the Construction Plant Hire Association and the Strategic Forum for Construction's Plant Safety Group.
The online questionnaire seeks your views on matters including the scope of the regulations, i.e. what types of cranes should be covered, cranes on construction sites only or also those in other locations such as stockyards, factories; the information to be collected for the register; the mechanism for submitting it; and subsequent access to that information by interested parties. We also seek your views on the impact assessment which sets out the estimated costs and benefits of the proposed regulations, and of other policy options which involve extending the scope of the regulations to other tower cranes types and/or to non-construction sites.
To present your views, please make use of the online questionnaire, or download a form to complete.
Your views will be considered alongside those of other respondents to the consultation. While we will acknowledge all the responses that we receive, we do not intend to respond individually to each comment made. However, the collated comments and responses will be available for examination at the HSE Knowledge Centre in Bootle. We have followed the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Consultation.
Responses should be sent by 16 October 2009 to:
Construction Policy Team
Health and Safety Executive
5SW Rose Court
2 Southwark Bridge
London SE1 9HS