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New code of practice for multi-storey buildings

July 1, 2006 by NSC2 in News
The BCSA will shortly publish the Code of Practice for Erection of Multi-Storey Buildings, it’s latest addition in the safety series of guides.

This document is for steelwork contractors erecting multi-storey steel-framed buildings, while the principles included also apply to other high-rise structures such as those used to support industrial process plant.

The code also provides guidance to clients, planning supervisors, principle contractors and designers. There is also advice on the safety aspects of site management; site preparation; delivery; stacking and storage of materials; structural stability; holding down and locating arrangements for columns; lifting and handling, and interconnection of components.

Pete Walker, BCSA Health & Safety Manager said: “This code can also serve, in part, to replace the HSE publication GS28 Safe Erection of Structures, which was withdrawn in the late 1990s.”

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has endorsed the document and considers it as an important aid in supporting the effective management of health and safety risk. “It is a clear example of industry self regulation,” the HSE said.

“Getting the HSE to endorse our guides adds good value,” Mr Walker commented. “And together, with our booklets, we’ve contributed to a safer industry.”

This latest code is also a follow up to the BCSA’s Erection of Low Rise Buildings which was published in 2004 and is also a replacement for GS28.

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