Safer lifting operations


Failures of lifting operations account for a high proportion of fatal and serious incidents on major construction projects. Operations using tower and mobile cranes were widespread across London 2012 projects.


The collapse of a crane is a dramatic and catastrophic event but the more common incidents arise from unintended movement or falling of loads. These hazards can be managed through imaginative design, detailed planning and safe systems of work carried out by competent and well-briefed teams.


HSE inspectors encountered some excellent work to achieve the highest standards. These included:

Cranes in the Olympic stadium
CAD drawing of Olympic stadium