BS 7121-3:2017+A1:2019 Code of practice for safe use of cranes. Mobile cranes

BS 7121-3:2017+A1:2019

Code of practice for safe use of cranes. Mobile cranes

Status : Current   Published : June 2017



BS 7121-3:2017+A1:2019 also available with tracked-changes. To learn more and buy, click HERE. 

What is this standard about?

 It provides recommendations for the safe use of mobile cranes that are used for a wide variety of lifting operations in numerous locations. 

Who is this standard for?

It will be actively used by anyone planning and carrying out lifting operations with mobile cranes in the UK and applies to all UK mobile crane users, owners and operators.

Why should you use this standard?

It provides recommendations for dealing with the hazards caused by mobility and the diversity of locations of mobile crane lifting operations. It also supplies in depth guidance on complying with the requirements of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and is used by both the Health and Safety Executive and the courts as an indication of good practice.

What’s changed since the last update?

The use of mobile cranes has changed significantly since this standard was first published in 2000 and since then, its companion standards have also been revised:

  • BS 7121-1: Code of practice for the safe use of cranes. General
  • BS 7121-2 series: Code of practice for the safe use of cranes. Inspection, maintenance and thorough examination

There have also been some significant changes to how risk based planning ismo applied. Specifically, the 2017 version of BS 7121-3 includes: 

  • Additional requirements for multiple lifting
  • Additional detail on ground conditions and the loads imposed on the ground by mobile cranes
  • Layout revisions which group planning issues together and improve readability

NOTE: This standard is intended to be used in conjunction with BS 7121-1:2016 which gives general recommendations for all types of cranes and BS 7121-2:2012 which gives general guidance on inspection, testing and examination of all types of cranes.

Standard NumberBS 7121-3:2017+A1:2019
TitleCode of practice for safe use of cranes. Mobile cranes
Publication Date30 June 2017
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS 7121-2-1:2012, BS 7121-2-3:2012, BS 7121-1:2016, BS 7671, BS EN 14502-1, BS 7121-2
Informative References(Provided for Information)BS 6187, Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994, BS EN 13155, Road Traffic Act 1991, ISO 12480-1, BS ISO 11660-2, New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998, BS EN 62305-1, BS 2573-1, Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations 2015, PD 5304, ISO 4301, Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992, Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, BS 8437, Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995, Road Vehicles (Authorisation of Special Types) (General) Order 2003, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998, BS EN 13586, Air Navigation Order 2000, BS EN 14502-2, Work at Height Regulations 2005, The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008, BS EN 13557:2003
ReplacesBS 7121-3:2000
Amended ByAmendment, July 2019
Draft Superseded By19/30393610 DC
DescriptorsEquipment safety, Occupational safety, Safety measures, Mobile cranes, Materials handling operations, Lifting equipment, Accident prevention, Cranes, Construction workers
ISBN978 0 539 04387 7
File Size3.791 MB

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