Guide to the Erection of Multi-Storey Buildings

The BCSA has published a further guide in its series of publications that deal with steel erection. This document is a code of practice for erecting multi-storey steel-framed buildings. The principles included also apply to high-rise structures generally, such as those used to support industrial process plant.

The new guide covers the Erection of Multi-Storey Buildings and is a companion to the BCSA’s codes of practice that deal with the Erection of Low Rise Buildings, Metal Decking and Stud Welding and Erection of Steel Bridges. The Guide has been endorsed by the Health & Safety Executive.

Copies may be purchased from BCSA at £20.00 to non-members and £15.00 to members inclusive of postage & packing. Contact BCSA Publications on 020 7839 8566 or email


"The Health & Safety Executive welcomes this BCSA Code of Practice for Erection of Multi-Storey Buildings and considers it as an important document in supporting the effective management of health and safety risk. It is a clear example of industry "self regulation," as the direct involvement of experienced and professional practitioners ensures that such guidance will be both relevant and authoritative.

The British Constructional Steelwork Association Ltd understands the importance of self regulation and over the years has been proactive and not simply reactive in reducing risks and accidents. The HSE welcomes working in partnership with BCSA because its positive approach has enabled steelwork erection to be undertaken both imaginatively and with increased safely.

This code can also serve, in part, to replace the withdrawn HSE publication GS28 Safe Erection of Structures."


The code provides guidance to Clients, Planning Supervisors, Principal Contractors, Designers and Steelwork Contractors. It describes the management procedures and methods to be adopted and is intended to serve as a standard reference when drafting site- and project-specific Erection Method Statements.

Multi-storey buildings are defined as those structures that cannot be wholly accessed using mobile elevating work platforms [MEWPs] working from site ground level. Generally these structures require columns to be spliced, and it is often necessary to use tower cranes for erection.

The document contains advice on the safety aspects of site management; site preparation; delivery, stacking and storage of materials; structural stability; holding down and locating arrangements for columns; lifting and handling; and interconnection of components.

The document is intended to aid compliance with the Health and Safety at Work etc Act, and with the relevant specific requirements of applicable regulations and approved codes of practice issued by the Health & Safety Executive.

If the Steelwork Contractor appoints a specialist erection subcontractor, then some obligations defined in the code of practice may inevitably devolve to the erection subcontractor (eg where these relate to the direct employer of the erectors), but the Steelwork Contractor should still ensure that the code of practice is being followed properly by agreeing the allocation of responsibilities in advance.

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