Cranes Bill – a poem for 3rd July lobby of DWP, Tothill St, Westminster
By Graham Shepherd
Cranes “Bill” – for flowers, not funerals !
There’s not a lot more magnificent
than tower cranes manouvering on high;
(as long as safety measures aren’t
as impracticable as pie in the sky….!)
Once assembled, all cranes should be LOLER examined –
(not just registered) to receive their “MOT” –
by independent, third-party, licenced engineers,
allowing HSE inspectors to better police crane safety.
All crane operators should be licenced.
The CPA’s Best Practice Guide should be turned
into an HSE-enforced Regulation –
discouraging everyone from getting their fingers burned.
Indeed, everything needs to be done to promote safety
by a dedicated team to monitor all construction plant.
Proactivity might prevent crying over spilt milk;
(or, more seriously, unnecessary harm), c/o an HSE grant.
Any cost is “peanuts”, if it leads to saving lives !
Cut-backs are misguided. Funding safety’s so worthwhile.
Tower cranes deserve a “pick-me-up”; (well, something of a lift !)
Regulations shouldn’t be removed. Cranes deserve the “extra mile” !
[Graham Shepherd/12-13.06.12; 0121 602 1002;
07936 199815; email@example.com ]