Tower crane slew brakes: HSE Alert

13 November 2014

HSE have issued a new bulletin FOD 5-2014 directed at owners & users of Tower cranes. The purpose of this safety alert is to advise owners and users of steps to be taken to ensure that tower crane slew brake release mechanisms are maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.

The emerging findings from the HSE investigations indicate that the operational efficiency was compromised by lack of maintenance, in particular, insufficient lubrication of the slew brake release mechanism. This alert provides supplementary information to HSE Health and safety bulletin FOD 2-2014.