Improvements to tower crane chains

Safety conditions on site should be constantly identified and improved.

Risks associated with working at heights should always be carefully considered and monitored.

It was identified that although it is common for the hook block of a tower crane to be coloured, the chains below are often brown, which blend into the surrounding properties.

Below is an example of how sites have improved the safety awareness of tower crane chains:

  • The tower crane’s all had fluorescent pink chains to improve visibility when swinging against the red brick properties adjacent to the site;
  • The chain had increased traceability due to the repeated identification stamping along the length, which made them less likely to be stolen and used for inappropriate purposes;
  • They were also a higher grade of steel than standard chains, which made them less likely to fail.

It is important to ensure that crane chain safety markers are visible for regular checks.

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Monitor Report, Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd, London, April 2015


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