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CPA launches best practice guides

The Construction Plant Hire Association has launched two new best practice guides at the Vertikal Days show.

The Construction Plant Hire Association has launched two new best practice guides at the Vertikal Days show.

The guides cover the maintenance, inspection and thorough examination of mobile cranes, and the safe use of lorry loaders.

The new guidance for mobile cranes says that four year overload testing is no longer required where periodic thorough examinations are carried out to a defined scope, unless deemed necessary by the competent person.

CPA chief executive Colin Wood said: “The mobile cranes guide is significant. In the past, they’ve always needed to be tested every four years, but there’s a push in the industry against the overload tests.”

Mr Wood adds that the guidance for lorry loaders has also been updated to take into account the increasing size of equipment used. “In the past, lorry loaders had small cranes, but now there are lorries which will have a huge arm that can lift equipment up to two or three storeys. So with the HSE we’ve had to revamp BS 7121 part four.”

The guide also clarifies the responsibilities of both the customer and the hirer with regards to safety management when lifting with a lorry loader.

Both guides are officially supported by the HSE.