A guide to loss prevention

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This guidance covering on-site risk management for construction sites and SMEs is available to you free of charge*. For more guidance like this, visit our non-warranty guidance hub here.

Download a copy of this guidance in PDF form here.

Mobile cranes overturning on sites

A guide to loss prevention

Each year, a number of mobile cranes overturn on construction sites causing serious accidents. This often involves personal injury, significant property damage and potential business interruption claims. Most incidents are as a result of inadequate planning, unclear responsibilities or unsafe use.

This guidance document aims to provide supporting information to assist in preventing the overturning of mobile cranes.

There are different types of mobile crane in which the specific operating instructions for a particular manufacturer and model of crane should be referred to. This guide does not attempt to cover the design of cranes, nor does it cover all aspects of lifting operations.  

Further industry best practice guidance is included towards the end of this guidance document and the reader is strongly recommended to refer to BS 7121 and the guide C703 when planning mobile crane operations.  

The hazards which increase the risk of an overturning occurrence are due to many various factors.

To read the full guidance from HSB, download a PDF copy here.


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Built on a foundation of specialist insurance, engineering and technology, HSB is a global provider with over 150 years of technical risk knowledge and experience that sets the standard for excellence worldwide. Part of Munich Re, HSB is rated A++ (Superior) by A.M. Best Company.

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*The guidance in this document refers to industry best practice loss control advice. Adoption of the advice contained within this document does not imply compliance with industry, statutory or HSB guidelines, nor does it guarantee that losses will not occur.

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Please Note: Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication. Any written guidance provided does not replace the reader’s professional judgement and any construction project should comply with the relevant Building Regulations or applicable technical standards. However, for the most up to date LABC Warranty technical guidance please refer to your Risk Management Surveyor and the latest version of the LABC Warranty Technical Manual.

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