Rigger Killed in Crane Incident

A rigger has been killed in yet another tragic crane accident, this time during construction work in Scotland. The workman was electrocuted while conducting work on a site at the grounds of a country club in the early hours of the morning.

The crane apparently came into contact with live power lines causing the man to become electrocuted. The worker then went into a cardiac arrest leading to his death. Amazingly the man operating the crane didn’t suffer any injuries in the incident but is said to be in shock.

The incident, however tragic teaches a very valuable lesson when it comes to crane safety. Read more about the incident below from www.craneaccidents.com

UKDuring the incident, which happened at 9am, in Devizes Road, a man in his 30s was electrocuted when its believed the crane he was standing near made contact with live power cables.

The man, employed as a banksman at the Ashford Homes site, went into cardiac arrest with medical staff using a defibrillator to resuscitate him before he was taken away from the scene by Wiltshire Air Ambulance to Royal United Hospital Bath at 9.45am.

Wilshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are currently investigating at the scene with Scottish Electricity cutting electricity supplies to nearby properties.

“We were called this morning by police and asked to isolate supplies to 559 customers in Semington and Hilperton,” said Sharon Miller-McKenzie, spokesperson for Southern Electric.

Read more at: http://www.craneaccidents.com/2013/03/report/12630/

A major hazard presented by overhead crane operation is the possibility of the crane coming into contact with overhead power lines  Many workers have become electrocuted and even killed in this manner. The injuries that can be sustained when a crane comes into contact with live overhead power lines are electric shocks and burns and as this incident proves, operators are not the only ones at risk, even workers nearby can be injured or killed.

There is also the possibility of fires and explosions that may immobilize mobile plant and cause great injury or death to the operator or workers in the vicinity. Operators involved in an incident should attempt to break the vehicles contact with the live power line if it is safe to do so. Planning is key in avoiding this type of incident. This incident can be avoided by identifying power lines in advance and conducting a risk assessment prior to beginning work.

It goes without saying that workers should be trained before undertaking any work as hazardous as crane operation, however caution should always be exercised when working with heavy machinery, particularly overhead cranes.



Sydney Crane Collapse was Inevitable says Union

The crane collapse that shocked people in Sydney last week was according to a union official, a long time coming. Apparently the same site was shut down a fortnight ago because of fears that diesel was leaking from the cranes cabin. Thankfully the site was shut down before anyone was injured but unfortunately that did not prompt the company to correct its safety breaches resulting in the crane fire on Tuesday which could have potentially killed hundreds of innocent people.

Read what CFMEU spokesman had to say about the incident on Smh.com.au:

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Mr Parker said union officials did a full inspection of the site about two weeks ago and closed it down for four days.

“We brought up issues about leaking diesel on the crane and the dieseline leaking from the crane.

“We said to them that a maintenance regime has to take place immediately on the crane.

“That’s obvious to us that it’s failed to be done and we’ve had a situation where it’s put hundreds of lives at risk.”

A Lend Lease spokesman said the company was preparing a response to Mr Parker’s claims.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/uts-crane-collapse-was-an-accident-waiting-to-happen-20121127-2a4tl.html#ixzz2DvyH2cVb

The incident resulted in great inconvenience and expense as many people in the surrounding buildings had to be evacuated while roads in the vicinity were closed and remained so until the next day. Traffic throughout Sydney’s CBD was backed up due to the road closures.

It is believed the fire was started by diesel fuel which caught alight sending flames 10 metres into the air. Thankfully no one was injured including the crane operator who managed to escape the cabin just in time. Had the crane’s jib been over the road it could have injured motorists or pedestrians.

Watch this video of the crane incident from Smh.com.au

Video link: http://media.smh.com.au/news/national-news/crane-crashes-onto-uni-site-3832741.html

The most shocking part about this incident was that the company had been given earlier warning about its lack of safety but had failed to rectify the situation. Although it has not yet been determined whether the company was at fault, the fact that the site had been shut down previously indicates that there was a problem.

Any worker in the vicinity of a crane in operation can be injured or killed if an accident occurs, for this reason workers should be trained on overall crane safety and how to safely avoid being injured during these crane operations.  Exclusion zones on construction sites are an extremely important consideration when cranes are involved in order to protect workers not involved with crane work from injury.

Workers should also be prepared for fires that break out on site. Fires on construction sites are not only dangerous to human life but they can be costly and set work back extensively. It can also cause damage to surrounding buildings and properties.



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