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.



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