Tower crane safety in the construction industry : A Hong Kong study

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-215
Journal / PublicationSafety Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011


Tower cranes are extensively used for lifting materials in construction sites. Most construction sites are very confined and close to public. Tower crane accidents not only hazard workers in construction sites, but also pedestrians. This paper investigates tower crane safety in related to the understanding and degree of executing statutory requirements and non-statutory guidelines for the use of tower cranes in the Hong Kong construction industry. A questionnaire survey and structured interviews are conducted. It is found that human factors are attributed to tower crane safety. Indolent performance of requirements or responsibilities of practitioners in tower crane operations is found. Inadequate training and fatigue of practitioners are one of the main reasons causing unsafe practices of tower crane operations. Recommendations for improving safety performance in tower crane operations are also discussed. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

Research Area(s)

  • Construction, Hong Kong, Safety, Tower crane