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Safe Use of Tower Cranes – Scope

Safe Use of Tower Crane – Scope

This Code provides guidance on the safe use and operation of tower cranes to ensure the safety of personnel working at or nearby those cranes.

This Code covers management and planning of the lifting operation of tower cranes, requirements for operators, slingers and signallers, siting, erection, dismantling, height alteration, maintenance and testing of tower cranes. It also contains guidance pertaining to the selection, safe use and specific precautions when tower cranes are operating within a workplace.

Reference is also made to relevant Hong Kong legislation in particular section 6A and 6B of the FIUO, the provisions in the Factories and Industrial Undertakings Regulations (Cap. 59A) (hereafter referred as the FIUR), the Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Lifting Appliances and Lifting Gear) Regulations (Cap. 59J) (hereafter referred as the LALGR), the Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Guarding and Operation of Machinery) Regulations (Cap. 59Q) (hereafter referred as the GOMR) and the Construction Sites (Safety) Regulations (Cap. 59I) (hereafter referred as the CSSR). Attention is drawn to the requirements and procedures for testing and examination of cranes under the LALGR and the British Standard BS 7121.

Safe Use of Tower Cranes – Foreword

Tower Crane are widely used for lifting operations in the construction industry in Hong Kong. Statistics show that tower cranes contribute to quite a number of serious accidents. Property damage and bodily injuries can be avoided if they are properly used.

This Code of Practice (hereafter referred as this Code) is approved and issued by the Commissioner for Labour under section 7A of the Factories and Industrial Undertakings Ordinance (Cap. 59) (hereafter referred as the FIUO). It provides practical guidance to the industry as to how to use tower cranes safely and properly with a view to assisting the duty holders in preventing accidents.

The provisions in this Code should not be regarded as exhausting those matters which need to be covered by the relevant safety legislation, nor is it intended to relieve persons undertaking the work of their statutory responsibilities. It is important to note that compliance with this Code does not of itself confer immunity from legal obligations.

This Code has a special legal status. Although failure to observe any guidance contained in this Code is not in itself an offence, that failure may be taken by a court in criminal proceedings as a relevant factor in determining whether or not a person has breached any of the provisions of the regulations to which the guidance relates.

Throughout this Code, we have quoted relevant safety standards of the British Standards Institution. However, if there are other national/international standards or provisions which are equivalent, they would be acceptable as alternatives. In addition, statutory provisions referred to or cited in this Code are those in force as at 1 August 2011.