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The Integral Role of the Crane Controller: Ensuring Safety and Compliance

At McLeod, we prioritize both safety and operational excellence in all our services, including crane hire, Hiab transport, and drilling rig logistics.

Crane Controller
Crane Controller - Who’s that?

A critical yet often overlooked component in this operation is the role of the Crane Controller. In this post, we aim to highlight the importance of this role in accordance with the Pressure Equipment, Cranes, and Passenger Ropeways (PECPR) Regulations and WorkSafe New Zealand's guidance.

[Note: The PECPR is well over due replacement. Written under the old Health and Safety in Employment Act. The new regulation is due potentially called the Plant and Structures regulation. Your guess is as good as ours on release dates.]

Why is the Crane Controller Important?

The Crane Controller is pivotal in safeguarding both the crane equipment and ensuring safe crane operations. Their duties extend beyond safe crane operation to include ensuring regulatory compliance, safe maintenance practices, and adherence to inspection protocols.

The Controller is the Owner of the Crane or a person delegated responsibilities for Cranes at your company. If you’re leasing a Crane you may also be delegated the role in your contract - This is often the case with Tower Cranes.

A responsible Crane Controller is a key factor in ensuring a smooth and safe cranes on your project.

Key Responsibilities as Per PECPR and WorkSafe Guidelines

Ensuring Regulatory Compliance and Safety

  • Ensure the crane is in line with PECPR regulations concerning design, fabrication, and installation.

  • Maintain the crane in safe operating condition within its design limits.

Document Management

  • Store all necessary documentation related to the crane in a readily accessible location on-site.

  • Validate that the crane has an up-to-date certificate of inspection as mandated by PECPR regulations.

Operational Supervision

  • Provide oversight of all crane operations to ensure they are conducted by individuals with the required qualifications and experience.

Protocol for Equipment Inspection

Selection and Inspection Timelines

  • Engage an accredited inspection body as recognized by WorkSafe.

  • Adhere to specified intervals or conditions for mandatory equipment inspections, as guided by the PECPR regulations.

Post-Adjustment Requirements

  • Following any repair or modification, an additional inspection must take place. If required, a new certificate of inspection will be issued.

Addressing Unsafe Equipment

Identification and Corrective Measures

  • Promptly identify and evaluate any potentially unsafe equipment or procedures.

  • Implement corrective actions as outlined by inspection authorities to mitigate unsafe conditions.

Regulatory Compliance and Incident Reporting

  • Follow all PECPR regulations and report any untoward incidents involving the crane to WorkSafe, aiming to prevent future occurrences.

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So there you have it

At McLeod, we believe that a well-informed Crane Controller is essential for maintaining the highest safety and operational standards. This role is not merely about compliance; it's about advancing industry standards for the safety and efficiency of all involved.


  • WorkSafe New Zealand. "Duties of Equipment Controllers."

  • Pressure Equipment, Cranes, and Passenger Ropeways (PECPR) Regulations.

Thank you for entrusting McLeod with your project needs. We are committed to continually elevating safety and efficiency standards across all our services.

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