Tests Commenced on Crane Following Dangerous Collapse

Engineers will today start testing parts of a crane that collapsed in Sydney last week, as WorkCover tries to find out what went wrong.

The collapse happened at a building site at the University of Technology (UTS) in the inner-city.

Authorities could not believe that no one was hurt or killed when a crane at the Lend Lease construction site caught fire, 45 metres above the ground.

The driver managed to steer it away from Broadway so that it did not hit the busy street when it came crashing down.

Instead it fell on a building site.

Over the weekend, Lend Lease undertook the massive task of removing most of the crane from the site.

John Watson, a general manager at WorkCover says the parts will be sent to Londonderry in Sydney’s west for testing.

“We’ve seized part of the crane – the main engine and hydraulic systems of the crane,” he said.

“They’ve been transferred to Test Safe Australia.”

Mr Watson says it is only the third collapse involving this kind of crane in the world.

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Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-03/tests-begin-on-crane-after-dramatic-collapse/4404084?section=nsw

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