Crane Failure Results in Crash

A shipping container packed with a significant amount of steel smashed into the deck during the loading process.  A crane operator allegedly attempted to squeeze the 12m (plus) container into a small space on Sea Lion at Toll Perkins ship yard.

Reports stated that an exposed hydraulic hose was struck and severed, causing pressure to the crane to drop.

Maritime Union NT organiser Thomas Mayor  recalled that it was the third incident of its kind on Darwin wharves over the last 2 years .

“That’s three times too many,” he said, “There were people in the danger zone when the container dropped – it’s lucky no one was killed or maimed.”

The foreign-flagged ship is contracted to run between Darwin and Gove.

“HA worksafe! the toothless dog, all bark no bite! the unions have no power they have proven that time and again they just rub shiny patches with their useless arses into their leather office chairs! one thing is for sure is that these big companies dont care their OHS might as well be written on the dunny roll in the public toilets, thats all their good for! ”

Mr Mayor, who said the route traditionally belonged to an Australian ship and crew, raised fears Sea Lion did not meet NT regulations.

“A lot of ships register in other countries to avoid tax and basic regulations,” he said. “We hope to see an Aussie ship back on the run soon.”

NT Work Safe will investigate the accident.

Toll Perkins Darwin spokesman Christopher Whitefield did not respond to questions by the time of publishing.

More info on Cranes, Hoists and Slings


Latest OHS news

Ep 30 Steve McLeod, Fire and Safety Australia / NSCA owne...

Read more

Ep 29 Kate Smolenska Bulletproof performance is helping w...

Read more

Ep 28 Bob Alford re-invented himself from a Weapons Instr...

Read more

James Hardie Pay Out Handyman in Asbestos Settlement

In a landmark settlement, asbestos manufacturer James Hardie settled with a local Adela...

Read more

What Participants Say

“In over 20 years of training, this was one of the best courses I’ve ever attended.”

- Queensland Rail

“Great! The instructor made it interesting and enjoyable”

- Leighton Contractors

” We heard that AlertForce delivers one of the best courses around so the boss decided to send me to Australia from New Zealand.”

- Participant Public Course

“I liked the trainer’s positive outlook and uplifting approach towards completing the long day.”

- Visionstream

“Very competent training course. Trainer was very knowledgeable on subject.”

- Servicestream

“AlertForce provided an excellent trainer,  knowledgeable on the topic and allowed for active questioning.”


“Informative and concise training delivered at the right pace.”


“The Trainer was very engaging”

- Fair Work Commission

“Interesting, informative, relevant.”

- Airservices Australia

Payments & Security

Awards & Accreditations

Make an Enquiry: