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BS 7121-1:2016 Code of practice for safe use of cranes - Part 1: General
BS 7121-1 is the essential standard for those planning and carrying out lifting operations with cranes in the UK.
What is BS 7121-1:2016?
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:
- Safe systems of work selection
- Erection and dismantling
- Thorough examination
- Planning and management
BS 7121-1 provides guidance on complying with the requirements of the 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.
BS 7121-1 standard isn't applicable to the use of cranes for bungee jumping or similar entertainment activities and for the use of cranes as a part of a fully automated storage or production system.
What's new on BS 7121-1:2016?
BS 7121-1 was fully revised to:
- Reflect changes introduced on other parts of BS 7121 series
- Reflect the changes in the application of risk based planning to lifting operations
If this standard failed to reflect the changes since the last revision then those planning and carrying out lifting operations with cranes would be without authoritative guidance to comply with the requirements of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment 1998 and the Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. Which would lead to an increase of accidents, injuries and fatalities during the set-up, use and maintenance of cranes.