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BAA PLC Sponsor New Code of Practice

New Code of Practice for Cranes is Produced with BAA PLC (14/04/2004)

Cranes and other tall temporary structures used during construction activities on or near aerodromes, pose a significant risk to aircraft and airport security. In attempt to minimise this risk, regulatory bodies (such as the Health and Safety Executive and the Civil Aviation Authority) have provided comprehensive written guidance on the systems and procedures to be adopted for the use of tall temporary structures in and around airports. This core guidance is further augmented by information provided by the British Standards Institute and Airport Authorities. However, for construction contractors and plant hire companies who provide labour, plant and equipment, the volume of legislative requirements can seem initially daunting, particularly for the uninitiated or inexperienced.

Therefore, this new Voluntary Code of Practice (VCOP) for the safe use of cranes in and around airports presents a concise guide to existing legislation; in an easy to read format that includes references to all key legislation. The document is principally intended as guidance for construction professionals. It details relevant procedures and practices as well as explaining industry specific terminologies used when working within the vicinity of airports. Resultantly, this VCOP encourages improved communication and health and safety awareness between contractorsí project management teams and relevant airport authorities.

It is not the intention of this VCOP to replace existing codes and Standards, but rather, to complement these and provide an introductory text for the practitioner.

Mr Mick Norton, OPERC President 2004-2005

Copies of this CoP can be purchased from [email protected] Members £18.00 and Non-members £36.00. Post and packaging will be charged at a rate of £3.50 (within the UK) and £6 (internationally).