The standard was developed to help the construction industry keep both construction workers and the public safe when installing and using hoists.
The document gives guidance on the installation, maintenance, examination and operation of construction hoists, including hoistway protection, and on the management of these activities. It includes recommendations and guidance on erection, alteration and dismantling of hoists.
BS 7212:2016 Code of practice for the safe use of construction hoists covers a number of developments that address safety issues described in good practice guidance produced by industry and endorsed by the Health & Safety Executive since the last edition published in 2006. It also includes additional requirements for maintenance, inspection and thorough examination of hoists.
BSI head of built environment Anthony Burd said: “We can never be complacent about the health and safety of workers using, or being in the vicinity of those using construction hoists. This also means we must ensure that standards still remain fit for purpose. As such BS 7212 underwent a thorough revision to bring it in line with current practices.”
Some of the safety concerns that BS 7212 addresses include:
- transportation of scaffolding
- additional requirements for transport platforms
- requirements for dual operating positions of goods hoists
- continued used of rope drive hoists
- new requirements for the competence and training of hoist installers and operators
- additional requirements for gate interlocking, and landing and hoistway protection.
BS 7212 was developed with input from Build UK, the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, the Construction Plant-hire Association, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the Independent National Inspection & Testing Association (INITA) and Safety Assessment Federation Ltd.