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British Standards - Cranes

British Standards - Cranes

What British Standards apply to cranes?

BS 7121-1 is the essential standard for those planning and carrying out lifting operations with cranes in the UK. BS 7121-1 gives recommendations for the safe use of cranes permanently or temporarily installed in a work environment. BS 7121-1 covers the following for lifting operations:

  1. Safe systems of work selection
  2. Erection and dismantling
  3. Maintenance
  4. Inspection
  5. Thorough examination
  6. Operation
  7. Planning and management

BS 7121-1 provides guidance on complying with the requirements of he Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment 1998 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. This standard is also used by Health and Safety Executive and Courts as an indication of good practice.

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