The Kier site team at Finlake Holiday Park have taken the following steps to reduce the risks associated with unauthorised access to the tower crane.
- The tower crane base must be restricted by the provision of a 2 metre (minimum height) solid or anti-climb panel enclosure c/w an access door – this is to prevent potential trespassers from accessing the crane and being able to climb the crane.
- It is important that no materials are leant up against the enclosure as it could be used as a climbing aid for a trespasser to get over the fence.
- During site hours it is important to stop any operatives who are not permitted from entering the crane base enclosure and the mast. The access door is to have a lock which can be locked at all times – remember to consider emergency procedures, ensuring the enclosure can be opened from both sides.
- Ensure the crane operators walking route is maintained free of obstruction and trip hazards, and ensure the the operator can access the mast ladder.
In addition to the above practises, further steps have been taken to ensure the crane cannot be climbed by anyone, in the event that they do still manage to access the crane base:
- Ladder access hatches on the mast have been fitted with locks to prevent anyone climbing up the ladders on the mast.
- Anti climb panels have been fitted to the outside of the mast to prevent anyone climbing the structural steel members of the crane.