Safety critical when assembling the tower crane
BRENDEN Crous, managing director of local Potain dealer Crane & Hoist Equipment SA, says the company is familiar with all relevant safety regulations and can relieve its customers as much of the administrative burden as possible when lifting safety compliance.
“The erection of tower cranes requires competent and experienced crews who take the risks associated with this activity. One of our top priorities is controlling the risks associated with working at height, ”says Crous.
The company covers all the basics with the necessary procedures and documentation so that everything is available for inspection. This is very important as Crous points out that if there are significant compliance gaps, a Department of Labor inspector may consider closing the site, resulting in costly and inconvenient delays.
“All risk areas related to tower crane safety procedures need to be identified, assessed and mitigated so that our customers are not exposed to this risk.”
Crous emphasizes the importance of the fall protection plan, which must be drawn up by a competent person with the necessary training and experience. The plan must address all risks associated with working from a risk of falling position and provide procedures and methods to eliminate the risk of falling.
Tower cranes must comply with both the regulations for driven machines and the building regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OHSA). These stringent requirements require compliance with a number of South African national standards for tower crane installation and maintenance.
Crane & Hoist Equipment SA facilitates these various procedures and approvals by hiring qualified hoist inspectors who themselves must be legally and professionally recognized in terms of their technical and operational scope.