Skanska / Balfour Beatty site requirements

Briefing note for FASSI customers / operators (updated 05/10/22)

KEY POINTS

The FASSI range from F85B.1 to F275A.0 meets the Tier 1 contractors site entry requirements because the stabilisers do not swing across any control station & will qualify for a QR site entry code with no modification required.

The FASSI range from F600RA to F1150RA meets the Tier 1 contractors site entry requirements because the stabilisers do not swing across any control station & the demonstrated remote control stabiliser operation meets the approval criteria. These cranes will qualify for a QR site entry code with no modification required.

The FASSI range from F245A to F545RA will be able to be modified at an authorised dealer or service partner to not swing across any control station thereby meeting the Tier 1 contractors site entry requirements. FASSI UK will begin to issue a service bulletin & parts kits before the year end authorising this modification to be carried out exclusively by our authorised dealer / service network. Once the work is completed the crane will qualify for a QR site entry code. This modification will be phased into new crane production.

THE DETAIL

Skanska & Balfour Beatty have communicated separate & different requirements for cranes operating on their sites & this situation is still evolving & subject to ongoing discussions with ALLMI. We will do our best to keep this page updated with the latest developments so please check back from time to time. The next meeting is scheduled for 18th October.

Skanska has communicated a ban on its sites / projects for the use of lorry loaders with swing-up stabiliser legs that rotate across fixed control positions. Implemented from 1st August 2022, this ban includes lorry loaders operated by remote control, but where the leg rotates across emergency levers or areas where standard levers have been removed.

Balfour Beatty has communicated that all cranes must be retro-fitted with a manufacturer-approved interlocking system that prevents retraction unless the leg is in a vertical position. This modification is also required for any cranes with remote control options where it is possible for the operator to stand in an area where there is a risk of entrapment. These modifications should be completed by the end of September 2022. Post September 2022, if modifications to retrofit interlocking systems have not been undertaken, Balfour Beatty will only permit operation of un-modified vehicles with the addition of a dedicated second competent person (“Spotter”) present to supervise the activity.

28/09/22 – FASSI UK carried out a demonstration of radio control outrigger operation where the stabilisers swing away from the emergency control station to the Tier 1 contractor group including representatives from Balfour Beatty & Skanska. All present confirmed that this specification meets the approval criteria for entry to Tier 1 sites & will qualify for a QR site entry code. This covers all FASSI cranes in the  range from F600RA to F1150RA with no modification required.

Tier One Contractors are asking for the operation of swing-up stabiliser legs that rotate across fixed controls to be supervised by a second person. With this in mind, ALLMI will soon release a Safety Brief for ‘Spotters’, the content of which will be heavily based on the ALLMI Safety Alert and Guidance Note already in place. As soon as possible, the above Safety Brief will be replaced with an e-learning module facilitated via the ALLMI website. This will allow the applicable people to undertake the learning online and be assessed as part of the process, with automated confirmation being provided and used as evidence of completion for sites.

It is essential customers / operators understand the background & context:

In the first instance our customers / operators should read the ALLMI guidance regarding this developing issue, in particular the chairman’s open letter & ALLMI guidance note 033:

https://www.allmi.com/latest-news/latest-news/605-allmi-response-to-skanska-ban

FASSI cranes conform to the product design standard, BS EN 12999, which provides the means for loader cranes to comply with the essential health and safety requirements of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, which is implemented in the UK by the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations.

  • CE Marked lorry loaders are legally compliant.
  • Lorry loaders used in accordance with the manufacturers instructions are safe to use.
  • ALLMI Guidance Note 033 provides guidance on Safe Use of Swing-Up Stabilisers for all types of installation.

Standard safe operating features on FASSI cranes include:

  • All control functions are spring return to neutral – hold to operate.
  • Two lever operation – selection of required function (Extend/Stabilise leg 1-4) and operation via power lever.
  • Hydraulic rotation and stabiliser beam retract/extend cannot be operated simultaneously.
  • Mechanical locking pin locating stabiliser leg in either the transport or working position.
  • Hydraulic taps requiring correct coordination for operation.
  • Green selector push button confirmation for each side of vehicle operation.
  • Emergency STOP on remote control handset stops all movements.
  • For cranes with radio remote controlled outriggers the emergency control station has no fixed levers fitted – radio/power failure requires overriding of hydraulic system & use of temporary emergency levers which are kept in the truck cab & cannot be left in place because they are not threaded. Once activated the above standard safe features still apply (with exception of green selector button) plus stabiliser retraction speed is significantly reduced.

The FASSI range from F600RA to F1150RA meets the Skanska site requirements because the stabilisers do not swing across any control station (28/09 – the Tier 1 working group confirmed this will be extended to all Tier 1 sites & will qualify for a QR site entry code).

The FASSI range from F245A to F545RA will be able to be modified at an authorised dealer or service partner to not swing across any control station thereby meeting the Skanska site requirements. FASSI UK expect to issue a parts kit & service bulletin in due course authorising this modification to be carried out exclusively by our authorised dealer / service network. This work will be chargeable to the customer / operator. (28/09 – the Tier 1 working group confirmed that this modification would meet their site entry requirements & qualify for a QR site entry code). 

The HSE have acknowledged that upgrading a crane to radio remote control outriggers is a reasonable & practical measure to achieve a significant relative risk reduction associated with swing up stabiliser operation where the stabiliser swings across a control station. The operator intuitively stands at the end of the leg beam, as shown in the photographs at the top of this page, clear of any areas of entrapment.
The emergency control station is only used in the rare event of radio/power failure. The factory is designing a cover to fit over the emergency control station which is expected to be available in the near future.
These points were practically demonstrated using a FASSI crane to the Tier 1 working group at the 28/09 meeting & the relative risk reduction opportunity of this upgrade measure was acknowledged. The Tier 1 group will discuss this at their next meeting & advise their decision on if this modification would meet their site entry requirements & qualify for a QR site entry code.

Radio remote control of stabilisers is available as a cost option on all new cranes from F85B to the F545RA at time of order. A retrofit kit can be supplied & fitted by an authorised dealer, chargeable to the customer / operator. It is standard equipment on all cranes from F600RA to F2150RA.

ALLMI is working on a system of identifying lorry loaders which have swing-up stabiliser legs that do not rotate across fixed controls, possibly using a QR code. This will include those where a manufacturer or authorised representative approved technical solution is fitted that prevents the stabiliser beam from being retracted unless the leg is in the vertical / upright position, or some other recognised appropriate measure.

The CEN European working committee has its next meeting of TC 147/WG 18 in October where the following amendment to EN12999 design standard is being proposed:

“Stabilizers legs equipped with powered leg tilting device shall be designed so that an operator, standing at a fixed stabilizer control station, does not risk being entrapped by a partly rotated leg when retracting the stabilizer extension.”

If the amendment is adopted it will inform the manufacturers design process accordingly & within the specified timeframe.