2016-08-01 12:00 - Messages

Cranes guidance material

This guidance provides information for PCBUs on how to manage the risks at a workplace associated with the inspection, maintenance and operation of cranes and other plant types, including quick hitches for earthmoving machinery.
It includes:
•guidance on managing risks associated with cranes, including tower cranes and mobile cranes
•information sheets on how to manage risks associated with a number of crane variants and attachments, including:
•bridge and gantry cranes
•powered mobile plant used as a crane
•vessel mounted cranes
•vehicle loading cranes, and
•crane-lifted work boxes
•an information sheet on quick hitches for earthmoving machinery.

Source: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/about/publications/pages/guidance-cranes

Safety in the storage and handling of steel and other metal stock

Many accidents, some resulting in death and serious injury, continue to occur during the storage and handling of steel and other metal stock. They cause enormous social and economic cost over and above the human tragedy involved. It is in everyone's interest that they are reduced. Accident investigations often show that these injuries could have been avoided.
This revised guidance is aimed at directors, owners, managers and supervisors and pays particular attention to the most common hazards, including (un)loading of delivery vehicles, storage systems, workplace transport, mechanical lifting and injuries from sharp edges.

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg246.htm

Review of small wind turbine construction instructions and specifically for structural supports and foundations

This research investigated the possible role of weaknesses in small wind turbine construction instructions in the potential for structural collapse associated with the structural supports and foundations. Build instructions relating to nine turbines of differing scale and design were obtained with industry cooperation. Analysis showed that although the stipulations were generally clear, the overall design intent of the details and criticality of certain aspects were not conveyed. As ostensibly similar details can be made to function intentionally in radically different ways, it is concluded that deviations from the required procedure could be better guarded against if the design intent and criticality were made explicit in each case. This would particularly benefit installers working across a range of products from different manufacturers. Site practices could also be improved to achieve the required bolt tensions and structural grout integrity with greater surety.

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrhtm/rr1081.htm

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