A recent incident involving a crane and power lines highlights the necessity to include overhead power lines in any job planning process and must also be included in liftplans and toolbox talks. The Crane Association liftplans have a site plan that is drawn up by the operator. This ensures that there is a greater awareness about overhead powerlines and will ensure that the operator always looks up. Power is a major hazard for Cranes. Cranes must stay 4 metres away from any line. You should also use a spotter when working near power lines. Use non-conductive tag lines and if possible earth the crane.
Transpower Contacts.If you intend to operate equipment near our transmission lines, please contact us at any of the numbers below to arrange a safety observer
•Transpower - 0508 LANDOWNER
•North Auckland/Northland: Ox Wightman 029 771 1825
•South Auckland/Waikato: Les McKenzie 021 945 284
•Bay of Plenty: Jessie Phillips 027 600 5377
•Taranaki and Central North Island: Andy Ward 021 357 935
•Lower North Island/Hawke’s Bay: Stephen Howard 027 490 9464
•Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast: Isaac Hurst 027 535 5255
•North Canterbury: Ron Mackenzie 027 435 6240
•South/Mid Canterbury: Myles Stichman 027 477 9693
•Otago/Southland: Jimmy Cormack 021 357 996
Read the latest update on the RLB Crane Index for construction cranes throughout New Zealand
The new GPG for Precast Concrete talks about exclusion zones. But what are they and how do they affect crane operations?
The new GPG for Precast Concrete has now been released. It is called:
Safe work with precast concrete good practice guidelines
These guidelines are for persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) including designers, manufacturers, suppliers, installers and importers, as well as workers and any other people who handle, transport or erect precast concrete elements.
Read the latest news on construction (tower ) cranes throughout New Zealand.
NZTA have developed maps that identify bridge constraints for information purposes. These will be updated on an annual basis. They are available on the NZTA Map Hub
The link to the maps can be found on this website under Operators
Are you the PCBU in control of the Workplace? If so you have some duties when it comes to crane safety on site.
What is an Adequately Prepared Location?
A location that:
The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 changes have caused a rolling out of new Regulations. On of the most interesting of these is the new Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations 2016 (GRWM) which introduces Hierarchy of Control Measures.
Before moving a crane it is vital that the operator checks that the crane is stowed correctly. The operator must:
A crane is a complex three dimensional hazard
The following page lists some of the common hazards found when working around Cranes. This list is by no means exhaustive.