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Crane firms win more time to fit safety lock

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THE HEALTH and Safety Executive has reached an agreement with truck loader crane firms over the use of interlocks.

In 2001 the HSE demanded that manufacturers fit interlocks immediately to all new cranes to cut the number of accidents.

After an industry outcry it has agreed that a system to fit all new models of crane must be developed by 2006.

In the meantime the HSE is advising that interlocks are fitted 'where practical' and that modifications should be authorised by the manufacturer.

Manufacturers argued that it was not practical to immediately specify an all-fitting interlock, which prevents use of the cranes when the truck is not stabilised.