CPA Announcement

Rescue of Personnel From Height on Tower Cranes

The CPA has recently updated its guidance on the rescue of personnel from height on tower cranes, Tower Crane Technical Information Note 013 (TIN013). Click here to view online. heightec was represented on the CPA’s Working Group.


Wherever tower cranes are being erected, used, altered, maintained, inspected, thoroughly examined or dismantled, the evacuation and rescue of personnel from height, although required infrequently, should be planned for. TIN013 aims to provide guidance on the planning of the rescue of persons from height on tower cranes.

Main issues

The main issues highlighted in TIN013 are:

• Health and safety legislation requires that safe systems of work are in place for all work activities.
• The Work at Height Regulations 2005 (Reg. 4(2)) require duty holders to plan for emergencies and rescue.
• Duty holder’s arrangements for emergency and rescue should not rely on the fire brigade .
• The primary duty for ensuring that there are adequate resources for carrying out rescue from a height of persons on a tower crane rests with the organization in control of the premises on which any tower crane is sited. In the case of a construction site this is the Principal Contactor as defined by the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.
• In practice, it is likely that arrangements for rescue during the erection, alteration and dismantling will be planned and implemented by the tower crane supplier; with the responsibility for planning and implementing rescue during use, maintenance and thorough examination lying with the Principal Contractor, who may take advice from the tower crane supplier.

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