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February 1, 2010

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Guidance- Crane notification rules imminent

Guidance relating to the forthcoming Notification of Conventional Tower

Cranes Regulations 2010 has been published. The Regulations, which come

into force on 6 April 2010, require certain information about

conventional tower cranes used on construction sites to be notified to

the HSE.

The leaflet sets out:

  • the types of tower crane that need to be notified to the HSE;
  • who needs to ensure notification is made;
  • when the notification needs to be made;
  • what information needs to be notified; and
  • how the information should be notified.

The guidance leaflet underlines that whoever has the responsibility for ensuring that the crane is thoroughly examined by a competent person, as required by the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, should also ensure that the notification is made to the HSE.

The leaflet, INDG437, can be downloaded at


Approaches to managing the risks associated Musculoskeletal disorders

In this episode of the Safety & Health Podcast, we hear from Matt Birtles, Principal Ergonomics Consultant at HSE’s Science and Research Centre, about the different approaches to managing the risks associated with Musculoskeletal disorders.

Matt, an ergonomics and human factors expert, shares his thoughts on why MSDs are important, the various prevalent rates across the UK, what you can do within your own organisation and the Risk Management process surrounding MSD’s.

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