Konecranes , the world leader in crane service and safety compliance has called upon industry to carefully plan its response to the latest Australian Standards for crane safety.
The updated crane inspection and assessment guidelines aim to bring Australia and New Zealand closer to global standards of risk management. Key businesses affected by these changes include major industry sectors such as mining and energy, steel making and distribution, manufacturing and metal fabrication processing, ports and shipping, resources infrastructure (including oil and gas) and manufacturing, packaging and paper processing as well as workshop and heavy maintenance.
The Konecranes Group, a global crane service organisation with more than 410,000 cranes of all makes under service standards worldwide says the implications of the provisions of AS 2550.1 (2011) are only now starting to be realised in major industry segments.
The latest Australian Standard focuses on the safe use of cranes and includes extensive revision of the inspection and maintenance requirements in addition to a new section that specifies methods to monitor design duty and introduce the concept of design working period.
Managing Director of Konecranes (Australia and New Zealand) Mr Brad Hyem advises businesses that use overhead cranes in their day-to-day operations to seek authoritative guidance on understanding and anticipating the changes as they take effect on an ongoing basis.
Mr Hyem explains that cranes and hoists are common items of worksite machinery that can be dangerous if not properly maintained and kept safety compliant. One of the major areas of change and safety reinforcement focused on by the latest Standards relate to consistency and frequency of inspections specified in Standard 2550.1 (2011) 7.3.1.
Key focus areas include:
- Pre-operational inspection, which is vital to safety
- Routine maintenance and inspection, which is key to reliability
- Periodic third-party inspections, which include essential areas of compliance requirements
- Major inspections of cranes, which have a major bearing on safety, reliability and lifecycle cost
Clause 1.4.1 spells out the definition of competent persons for crane inspections while the requirements for major assessments contained in AS2550.1 and 2550.3 pertain to cranes that have reached the end of their design life.
Mr Hyem adds that authoritative guidance is essential as many companies are focused on their own production challenges and demands, requiring them to rely on external specialist guidance for risk management.
Konecranes’ Australia-New Zealand business recently received the Group’s top global safety award for outstanding performance among Group operations spanning nearly 50 countries and more than 12,000 employees, all of whom are trained to operate in accordance with the Group’s global safety signature, ‘Hooked on Safety’.