CROSS Safety Report
Policing of CE marking on steelwork
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A reporter has a question regarding structural steel safety, particularly on steel gantry systems supporting lifting equipment.
They know from EN1090-1 and 2, that structural steel work should be CE marked and wants to know who polices these new regulations.
Key Learning Outcomes
For all built environment professionals:
If you are aware of an urgent safety issue or that inadequate steelwork has been used in construction:
Your first step should be to raise this with the organisations concerned if possible
If applicable, you should speak to your line manager
If this does not resolve the issue, or if the response you receive is inadequate, then you should inform the appropriate regulator
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A reporter has a question regarding structural steel safety, particularly on steel gantry systems supporting lifting equipment. They have seen some recently erected gantries that use steel I beams connected together using (in their view) untested, cheaply made plate style clamps. They know from EN1090-1 and EN1090-2, that structural steel work should be CE marked, and from July 1 2014 these new regulations were enforceable under criminal law.
They want to know who polices these new regulations, and are they really enforceable if the inspectors are unaware of new regulations and legitimate fasteners? Because as it currently stands these gantries are held together with, in the opinion of the reporter, an unsatisfactory system.
The wider issue is: who should be advised if it is suspected that material or components are being used which do not comply with the CE marking regulations?
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There is wider concern about the lack of enforcement of CE marking by the authorities in general, and also by the seeming lack of understanding of both the law (i.e. the Construction Product Regulations) and the requirements needed for a certified Factory Production Control system.
Not all steel contractors are thought to be CE marking compliant which creates conflict when those that have taken the trouble to do so as they are in competition with those who have not. The government approach is risk based and said to be focused on the need to help businesses comply with such regulations rather than immediately pursuing enforcement action. The understanding of CE marking is poor with a lot of misunderstanding and this is unsatisfactory.
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