Powered access equipment provides an “infinitely safer” way for workers to carry out temporary work at height, according to the head of the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF).
IPAF’s CEO Tim Whiteman reiterated the federation’s position after a statement issued by Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) condemned the use of tower cranes for lifting people for entertainment purposes.
Mr Whiteman said: “IPAF has repeatedly highlighted its position that purpose-built powered access equipment is an infinitely safer and more precise method of providing access to carry out temporary work at height.
“We welcome the CPA statement and remind operators and managers that cranes should be used for lifting loads, not people.”
The CPA’s Tower Crane Interest Group said tower cranes are definitely not suitable for such activities during a recent meeting of its steering committee.
The CPA letter states: “The use of tower cranes for lifting persons at work is permitted by the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) only ‘in exceptional circumstances, when it is not practicable to gain access by less hazardous means’.
“BS 7121-1:2006 gives detailed advice on planning and carrying out such operations.”
Click the link to read the full Construction Plant-hire Association letter about lifting people with tower cranes.