Crane Safety 2020, Online, September 15, 2020

With recent high profile incidents in various industries highlighting the consequences of a failure, it is still important that lifting professionals are able to perform safe and reliable operations.

Now, for its fifth year in a row and as a live online event, Crane safety 2020 will reunite the community to share best practices and understand how to perform safe and compliant lifting operations, especially with the current pandemic.

With this in mind, we met with keynote speaker Jamie Davies, Principal Specialist Inspector of the Health & Safety Executive, to discuss the regulator’s perspective on the current state of the industry.

Q: Could you please briefly explain your role, commitment and experience with crane safety?

Jamie Davies (JD): As a Principal Specialist Inspector in mechanical engineering, I provide technical advice on the safety aspects of a large number of machines and systems and investigate the causes of accidents and dangerous events. I hold the portfolio within HSE for elevators, hoists, cranes, hoists, and pilling and drilling equipment. I am involved in drafting and reviewing Crane Safety Standards (BS 7121 Series) and Crane Standards and inputting lessons from incidents to prevent recurrence in the future by drafting risks. I have been employed as a specialist inspector at HSE since 2004 and as main special inspector since 2016. I’ve investigated fatal incidents involving various types of cranes, from small overhead traveling cranes to large tower cranes, as well as crane overturns, drop loads, and collapses.

Q: What are the biggest challenges facing the industry right now?

JD: From my point of view, the biggest challenges at the moment seem to be the availability of trained, competent personnel and the ability to properly manage the lifting operations on a construction site where the main contractors have no plans or plans.

Q: How have restrictions from COVID-19 affected your operations?

JD: As a controller, I do not do any crane work. However, COVID-19 has changed the way investigations and interventions have been conducted, and the social distancing sampling has added an additional dimension to the enforcement of health and safety regulations by HSE. However, we have continued to investigate fatal and serious incidents that unfortunately continue to occur.

Q: What are your top tips when facing a new lifting challenge?


  • Plan the process from ingesting to putting it down.
  • If you don’t know something, ask.
  • If there is something you can’t do, say so.
  • Let experts advise you.
  • Add an easy-to-follow work system that makes no assumptions about the team’s knowledge.
  • Know who is in control of the lifting process and on-site coordination.
  • Don’t take unnecessary risks if it can be avoided.

Q: Which developments in the crane industry are you most interested in the future and why?

JD: I’m most interested in automation and new security systems to avoid contact with people and things. This could reduce the risks for personnel on construction sites and in factories.

Q: Why is it important for engineers to attend this year’s crane safety seminar?

JD: If engineers are involved in lifting operations, they should participate as they are sure to learn something new and may reflect on their own knowledge to challenge long-held views that may not be in line with current thinking. When engineers are more involved in lifting operations, they could offer new solutions that were not previously considered. This seminar will highlight where problems with lifting operations have occurred or continue to exist, and how engineers can use or offer better solutions to improve the safety of lifting operations.

Crane Safety 2020 will take place online on September 15, 2020.

Attend the live online seminar to learn how to ensure that your lifting projects are carried out with a high level of safety and comply with the latest industry regulations.

Hear insights and teachings

  • Sir Robert McAlpine
  • Occupational health and safety officer
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Babcock International
  • EnerMech Ltd.

together with an international keynote from The Men from Marr’s in Australia.