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CIRIA at work on guide to crane stability

THE Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) has started work on an all-inclusive guide to the stability of mobile and tower cranes on site.

CIRIA has called in Laing Civil Engineering to coordinate the project, which aims to pull together information from manufacturers, distributors, hire companies and contractors and collate it into a single A5 guide.

David Lloyd, project supervisor and Laings chief engineer, said the guide is intended to reduce the risk of accidents and was not a response to a worsening problem.

I wouldnt say that there was a rising incidence of crane accidents, its just that some people are just not thinking about what could happen, he said.

He said that this was particularly true of the smaller end of the mobile crane market, at 25-40 tonnes, where there was less planning before a lift and a greater potential for something to go wrong.

There is a lack of published guidance, said Mr Lloyd. We aim to write a guide for what CIRIA calls the young professional on site.

With a timescale of just 16 weeks the research will finish this week. Publication is due in the autumn.

Mr Lloyd said the research was fast track partly because CIRIA is often criticised for

taking too long over such projects.