VIC: Worker Flung Out of Crane

A worker has been thrown out of a crane’s cabin at a construction site in Melbourne on Thursday.

The incident took place around 5.30pm at a Springvale shopping complex.

Early reports indicate that a counterbalance of the crane fell off.

The construction worker, who was held by his safety harness, was left suspended 40 metres above the ground.

A colleague scaled the crane to free him. He was lucky to escape the incident unscathed.

Had the crane completely collapsed, it would have tumbled onto an electricity distribution terminal.

According to a spokeswoman for WorkSafe, the safety watchdog is investigating the incident.

“A rigger fell from the machine deck of a tower crane during the erection of the crane,” she said.

“Apparently he was held by his harness [and] he wasn’t hurt.”

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