BS 7121-1:2016 Code of practice for safe use of cranes. General

BS 7121-1:2016

Code of practice for safe use of cranes. General

Status : Current, Under review   Published : January 2016



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What is this standard about?

It gives recommendations for the safe use of cranes permanently or temporarily installed in a work environment.

Who is this standard for?
Anyone planning and carrying out lifting operations with cranes in the UK.

Why should you use this standard?

 This is Part 1 of the revised BS 7121 series. It offers guidance on complying with the requirements of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. This includes:

  • Safe systems of work selection
  • Erection and dismantling
  • Maintenance
  • Inspection
  • Thorough examination
  • Operation
  • Planning and management 

The standard is also used by the Health and Safety Executive and courts as an indication of good practice.

What’s changed since the last update?

BS 7121-1 was fully revised to:

  • Reflect changes introduced in other parts of BS 7121 series
  • Reflect the changes in the application of risk based planning to lifting operations

NOTE: BS 7121-1 isn’t applicable to the use of cranes for bungee jumping or similar entertainment activities and for the use of cranes as a part of a fully automated storage or production system. 

Standard NumberBS 7121-1:2016
TitleCode of practice for safe use of cranes. General
StatusCurrent, Under review
Publication Date31 January 2016
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS 7121-2-1:2012, BS 5975:2008+A1:2011, BS 7121-3:2000, BS 7121-4, BS 7671, BS 7121, BS EN 14502-1, BS EN 14439, BS 7121-2
Informative References(Provided for Information)BS 8437, BS EN 12077-2, BS 7262, ISO 7296-1, BS 2573-1, BS EN 1991-1-4, BS EN 13001-2, BS EN 13586, BS ISO 11660-2, ISO 12480-1, BS 7121-5, BS 6166-3, BS 4-1, BS EN 13000, BS EN 14502-2, ISO 4301, BS EN 12385-1:2002, BS EN 13557:2003, BS EN 12385-2:2002, BS EN 12385-3:2004, PD 5304, BS EN 12385-4:2002
ReplacesBS 7121-1:2006
Draft Superseded By15/30320607 DC
DescriptorsTerminal fittings (ropes), Legislation, Defects, Demolition, Lifting, Safe working load, Lifting chains, Selection, Materials handling equipment, Inspection, Construction equipment, Safety devices, Hand signals, Installation, Occupational safety, Control signals, Materials handling operations, Wire ropes, Mechanical testing, Construction workers, Cranes, Siting, Ropes, Operators (personnel), Safety measures, Erecting (construction operation), Materials handling, Lifting equipment, Maintenance
ISBN978 0 580 89630 9
File Size1.276 MB

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