Lighting Gantries – rarely seen and often overlooked

Failure of lighting gantries can be attributed to any number of reasons, including but not limited to; structural components becoming overloaded, the gantry and support mechanisms being damaged or faulty, inadequate bracing or the ground support giving way.

Lighting gantries move very infrequently and as such are not exposed to changing forces. However, they are very rarely seen and are very often overlooked. The collapse of a lighting gantry at anytime would be a disaster but imagine a collapse during a school’s nativity performance or sixth form prom.

There are several health and safety requirements for the inspection of lighting gantries. These are:

  1. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  2. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  3. The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
  4. Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

The type of inspection and their frequencies should be determined by HSE guidance for the interpretation of LOLER and thorough risk assessment as required by PUWER 98.

Annual inspections can be conducted by Thurra to meet the requirements of the statutory legislation and we will then report our findings to the school or college representative. Any areas of concern that require immediate action will be communicated in person at site by the Thurra engineer and followed up with a report of examination.

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