Cranes

Unsafe use of crane equipment presents significant risk potential for people and property. Crane collapse or falling loads can cause serious injuries, fatalities as well as damage to property on and off site.

We have produced guidance on the safe use of cranes on construction sites.

While this guidance has not been updated to reflect current work health and safety legislation (the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and regulations), it may still contain relevant information and practices to keep workers and others healthy and safe.

Please read this guidance in conjunction with all relevant industry standards that apply to you as a PCBU. This guidance will be progressively reviewed and either updated, replaced with other guidance, or revoked.

Approved code of practice for cranes

This code provides guidance on the design, manufacture, supply, safe operation, maintenance and inspection of cranes.

Approved code of practice for cranes  (PDF 2.9 MB)

ACOP for cranes - duties matrix (PDF 69 KB)

Notice Under the Health and Safety in Employment (Pressure Equipment, Cranes, and Passenger Ropeways) Regulations 1999(external link)

Crane safety for construction site managers/supervisors

This fact sheet provides guidance on monitoring crane safety, including a list on what to check before and when cranes arrive on site. 

Crane safety for construction site managers/supervisors

A general guide to the health and safety in employment (pressure equipment, cranes and passenger ropeways) Regulations 1999

This general guide provides guidance on regulations around the duties of equipment controllers, designers, manufacturers and suppliers, as well as workers.

Health and safety in employment (pressure equipment, cranes, and passenger ropeways) regulations 1999 (PDF 195 KB)