The CIRIA guide Tower crane stability (C654) published in 2006
promoted the safe design of foundations for, and use of, tower cranes through an
improved understanding of temporary works design and health & safety
However, since 2006, significant factors affecting the design of tower cranes
have changed. These include:
- implementation of Eurocodes and withdrawal of certain relevant British
- design standards have been introduced, which include wind maps and
directional application of wind, resulting in additional load cases
- loads provided by suppliers are provided in a format not envisaged by the
This update aims to demonstrate how to ensure the safe design of tower cranes
in response to changes post-2006. The guide will also highlight the potential
for catastrophic events and reference the need for appropriate risk management
activity, in light of a series of relevant accidents to tower cranes.
The update is intended for clients, property owners, project managers,
designers, contractors and crane suppliers.
If you would like to share your experience, find out more or to get involved in the project please contact Lee Kelly or Alan Gilbertson.