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 Safety Top Priority After Collapse

WorkCover NSW swiftly moved ahead a  safety inspection program of tower cranes throughout the state following last year’s crane fire and collapse at a Sydney construction site.

The inspections which were poised to begin later in 2013, have since been pushed ahead, WorkCover NSW said in a statement.

The rescheduling comes after a crane at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) site at Broadway became engulfed inflames, before the cables gave way causing the whole thing to collapse

Fortunately there was no one hurt in the incident and  the crane crew was praised for saving the lives of building workers and the public.

Responding to the incident, WorkCover NSW  stated tower crane verification inspection program will start with the type involved in the Sydney collapse.

The inspections will examine existing risk controls such as crane pre-assembly and pre-use inspection systems.

A physical inspection of the cranes will also occur.

‘The Sydney CBD crane collapse had never happened before and at the time of the incident was considered extremely unlikely,’ WorkCover General Manager John Watson said in a statement.

‘WorkCover’s thorough investigation into the causes, systems of work, maintenance of equipment and adequacy of control measures is continuing.’

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Source: http://www.skynews.com.au/topstories/article.aspx?id=838523

Cranes, Hoists and Slings: Worker Dies in Crane Accident

Crane SafetyA crane has crushed a man to death at a metal factory in Sydney’s west.

A man died when he was crushed to death by a crane at a metal factory in Sydney.According to police, the crane fell, pinning the man against another piece of machinery.

Two fellow workers freed the man  but despite their attempts  to revive him they could not save him. NSW WorkCover will allegedly investigate the incident.

The manufacturing union stated that the incident signifies the dangers within the industry.

The accident comes at a time when the NSW Government has commenced a campaign to overhaul workers compensation

Tim Ayres of the MWU believes the Government needs to alter their priorities and not be focusing on cutting costs in workers compensation schemes.  Ayres stated the need for everyone to focus on increasing the level of safety in the workplace.

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Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-24/sydney-worker-crushed-to-death-by-crane/4029838

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