Tower cranes collapsing on construction sites – HSB produce a guide to loss prevention

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In recent years, a number of tower cranes have collapsed on construction sites causing serious accidents involving personal injury, significant property damage and business interruption.

The hazards which increase the risk of a collapse event are numerous and can include poorly designed foundations, operating in high winds (including impaired free-slewing arrangements), lack of maintenance, inexperienced crane operators and supervisors, and underrated crane capacity. Many incidents are as a result of documented safety procedures not being followed.

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