Cranes, Hoists and Slings : Workers Injured at Curtis Island

cranes, hoists, and slingsTwo workers suffered injuries at Curtis Island with one of them being airlifted to the hospital. This incident has resulted in the CFMEU questioning the safety measures being used at the site.

Bechtel, the company involved, is conducting an internal investigation into the cause of the accident.  The accident took place on a compressor deck at the QCLNG site when workers were moving a crane rail along a steel beam.

“During the process, a section of the crane rail slipped from the beam and dropped onto a team member’s foot. A second team member was also grazed by the rail,” Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg said.

An emergency response team was alerted, and treated the men as best they could, but a rescue helicopter was needed to take one of the workers to Rockhampton Hospital,

“As a precaution, the employee with the foot injury was evacuated by helicopter to Rockhampton Hospital where it was determined he received fractures to bones in his foot,” Berg said.

Workplace Health and Safety were alerted of the incident; as were other employees.

CFMEU representative Ben Loakes said “I think there is the potential to lead into something more serious than what we have today,” he said.

“(Bechtel has) a lot of their American safety officers that wouldn’t know their Australian legislation.”

Berg called the claim “ridiculous”  and that safety was a high priority at the site.

“Safety assurance is proactively managed by supervisors, superintendents, area superintendents – who are predominantly Australians,” he said.

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Source : http://www.miningaustralia.com.au/news/worker-flown-to-hospital-after-two-injured-at-curt

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.

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Source: http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2013/02/22/317923_ntnews.html

Crane Safety Issues At Desalination Plant

Cranes Hoists and Slings trainingA cracked crane has caused the evacuation of Victoria desalination plant.

Over a hundred employees of Thiess Degremont were sent home with pay, after the crack was detected in the pumping station.The crack was found to be located in the weld on a tower crane. Workers were sent home since there weren’t any other activities that they could accomplish while the crack existed.

Claims of mismanagement against Thiess Degremont have been blamed for the crack. Workers have claimed that they have waited three weeks for tools to be delivered when they could have simply bought them locally.

Because of the crack, a job that would normally take 10 minutes will now take two days while parts are delivered.

Unions have indicated that other incidents of mismanagement have caused three month delays.. Meanwhile, the company has fired 160 workers for low productivity.

The company has denied that mismanagement is the reason for lack of productivity.

Source: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/crane-crack-sends-wonthaggi-desal-plant-staff-home/story-fn7x8me2-1226147251527
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