New safety rules proposed for Middle East

06 March 2009

UAE-based rental company Al Faris uses its 1,200 tonne capacity Liebherr LTM 11200-9.1 for the first

UAE-based rental company Al Faris uses its 1,200 tonne capacity Liebherr LTM 11200-9.1 for the first time, to offload a 200 tonne Liebherr LTM 1200 all terrain in Dubai. The load was 105 tonnes at a r

One thing that will make a difference to safety in the Middle East is a new set of government operating requirements, which are likely to be introduced in the third quarter of 2009.

According to Manfalouti, at House of Equipment, the new rules will include the following:

1. Projection of the crane jib over public areas may become forbidden

2. Remote monitoring system on all tower cranes may become compulsory

3. Anti-collision system may become compulsory

4. Safe working loads on equipment, as well as lifting accessories, may follow a national standard

5. Introduction of a compulsory logbook charting major breakdowns, accidents and equipment testing.

6. Limiting the use of equipment beyond a specified age

As this list suggests, the requirements are yet to be finalised, but it will provide a valuable framework under which lifting companies must operate. And as Manfalouti adds the benefits are being recognised in the industry. "There is an extra cost that can be saved in the long run by minimising the chances of accidents."

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