BS 7121-5:2019 Code of practice for safe use of cranes. Tower cranes

BS 7121-5:2019

Code of practice for safe use of cranes. Tower cranes

Status : Current   Published : September 2019



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What is this standard about?

This British Standard is one in series giving recommendations on the safe use of different types of crane. This part covers the safe use of tower cranes. The standard is cited by the HSE as good practice guidance to meeting the requirements of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, so its use helps improve safety and helps crane owners and operators comply with their legal duties.

Who is this standard for?

  • Plant hire companies
  • Trade bodies
  • Health and safety specialists
  • Construction businesses
  • Crane owners and operators
  • Training organizations
  • Those responsible for managing the safe use of tower cranes
  • Those responsible for managing the maintenance and inspection of tower cranes
  • Appointed persons planning lifting operations with tower cranes
  • Crane supervisors supervising lifting operations with tower cranes
  • Slingers and signallers
  • HSE inspectors
  • Lifting Equipment Engineers Association
  • Insurers
  • Universities

Why should you use this standard?

This part of BS 7121 gives recommendations for the safe use of tower cranes, including self‑erecting tower cranes other than mobile self-erecting tower cranes (which are covered in BS 7121-3).

Subjects covered include: safe systems of work, selection, erection, extension (including climbing), dismantling, maintenance, inspection, thorough examination (including testing), operation, and the planning and management of lifting operations.

It also covers the appropriate selection and training of personnel involved in the safe installation and use of tower cranes.

NOTE: This part of BS 7121 is intended to be read in conjunction with BS 7121-1 to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that lifting operations are carried out safely.

What’s changed since the last update?

This is a full revision of the standard to align it with BS 7121-1:2016 and address the causes of incidents that have occurred since the last edition was published. It includes new and additional recommendations in a number of areas. The major revisions are:

  1. Changes to lift categories and other changes in BS 7121-1:2016
  2. Revision and expansion of Clause 13 on climbing, in line with the CPA's Best Practice Guide on Climbing of Tower Cranes published in 2011
  3. Erecting tower cranes alongside railways and other hazardous sites
  4. Revision of Clause 12 on erecting, dismantling and alteration of height
  5. Additional recommendations on in-service and out-of-service wind
  6. Additional recommendations on leaving tower cranes out of service
  7. Additional recommendations on base and tie design and installation, in line with the forthcoming revision of CIRIA C654
  8. Additional recommendations for ensuring the safe access of tower crane operators on site
  9. Additional recommendations for tower crane power supplies, earthing arrangements and lightning protection
  10. Recommendations for rescue of personnel from height
  11. Additional recommendations for operating tower cranes in the vicinity of aerodromes, notification and en route obstacle lighting
  12. Additional recommendations for the selection of tower cranes, taking account of anticipated utilization
  13. Recommendations for the attachment of accessories to tower cranes
  14. Recommendations for lifting inside the load curve of luffing jib tower cranes
  15. Recommendations on tower crane related fire hazards
  16. Recommendations on preventing objects falling from tower cranes
  17. Full coverage of self-erecting tower cranes

Standard NumberBS 7121-5:2019
TitleCode of practice for safe use of cranes. Tower cranes
Publication Date27 September 2019
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS EN ISO 898-1:2013, BS 5975:2008+A1:2011, BS 7121-2-5:2012, BS 7121-1:2016, BS 7121-2-1:2012, BS 7121-2-3, BS EN 15048-1, BS 8454, BS EN 13586, BS EN 14399-1, BS 7121, BS 7121-2, BS EN ISO 6507-1, BS EN ISO 148-1, BS EN 14502-1, BS EN ISO 898-2, BS 7671, BS EN ISO 6892-1, BS 7375
Informative References(Provided for Information)BS ISO 11660-2, BS EN 1991-1-4, BS 4-1, ISO 4301, ISO 12480-1, BS 6166-3, FEM 1.005:2003, DIN EN 13001-3-1, BS EN 365, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, BS EN 13001, Work at Height Regulations 2005, BS 6968, BS EN ISO 13857, BS 7883, New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, Working Time Regulations 1998, DIN 15019-1, BS 6651, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998, Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992, FEM 1.007, Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013, BS EN 62305, Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, BS 8460, Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998, FEM 1.001, BS 6210, BS EN 12077-2, BS EN 795, BS 7262, ISO 7296-3, Air Navigation Order 2000, PD 5304, BS EN 13557:2003, BS 8437:2005+A1:2012, BS EN 14439:2006+A2:2009, BS 7121-3:2017, BS EN 10204, BS 2573, BS EN 14502-2, DIN 15018, FEM 1.004, BS 7430, Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations 2015, BS 6399-2
ReplacesBS 7121-5:2006
Draft Superseded By19/30377513 DC
DescriptorsCranes, Foundations, Lifting equipment, Selection, Access, Climbing devices, Installation, Equipment safety, Maintenance, Safety devices, Environment (working), Siting, Design, Inspection, Occupational safety, Tower cranes, Materials handling equipment, Personnel, Lightning protection, Safety measures
ISBN978 0 539 00983 5
File Size7.377 MB

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