At an open board meeting the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) confirmed that the register will initially be voluntary but may become mandatory at a later date.
Details of each tower crane, including the make and model, location, managing contractor and the name of the owner are likely to be held at the HSEвЂ™s laboratory in Derbyshire (HSL).
Colin Wood, chief executive of the Construction PlantвЂ“hire Association (CPA), said: вЂњWe will totally support this move if it gives confidence to the general public and extra statutory paperwork can be avoided.вЂќ
He believes most of the information needed for the register is already collected during normal operations. вЂњIf additional items are required that shouldnвЂ™t be a problem and nor would forwarding this information to the HSE,вЂќ said Wood.ADVERTISEMENT
вЂњWe are confident that additional statutory paperwork wonвЂ™t be necessary and could be covered by the existing regulations.вЂќ
In addition to the register, the HSE is continuing its review of the training and competence of those erecting, operating and examining tower cranes.
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