Code of practice for cranes
The Gazette Notice approving the Code of Practice for Cranes was signed by the Hon Minister of Labour on 20 November 2000 and the Code came into force on 19 December 2000.
Although the summary on Page 8 of the Code states that "Compliance with codes of practice is not mandatory" there are some mandatory requirements within this particular Code. It should also be noted that ALL cranes MUST comply with the Health & Safety in Employment (Pressure Equipment, Cranes & Passenger Ropeways Regulations 1999).
The Code of Practice for Cranes covers all types of cranes and for those in common use (Tower, Mobile, Truck Loader, Industrial (including the "Hamilton T Lift") and Gantry) there are separate Sections detailing what is required. In addition the duties of designers, design verifiers, manufacturers, suppliers & importers and equipment inspectors are also clearly spelt out.
There has been a "lead in" period of 2 years since the approval of the Code of Practice whereby persons owning or operating cranes in New Zealand had this period to meet their obligations.
From 1 January 2003 any crane already in New Zealand or any being imported MUST be fully compliant with the requirements of the Code. This also applies to cranes that are being used for private use. Particular attention should be paid to the requirements of Appendix A.
Further to the above these matters do relate to obtaining the Certificate of Inspection for the crane.
Under the Pressure Equipment, Cranes & Passenger Ropeways Regulations a crane is defined as: