Crane owners and operators urged to conduct safety inspections

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Crane owners and operators are urged to conduct safety inspections following the preliminary results of WorkSafe’s investigation into the cause of the death of a construction worker in Box Hill in Victoria.

According to WorkSafe, the malfunction of the hoist rope termination assembly likely is likely to have been a contributory factor in the incident.

A man in his late 40s was killed in the incident, while a man in his 20s sustained life-threatening injuries. Another man sustained non-life threatening injuries when a kibble containing concrete fell from a Raimondi hammerhead tower crane and struck three workers on Thursday.

WorkSafe notified the company of its findings. The company has issued a cease work on all its Raimondi cranes until a safety audit has been conducted.

An independent expert is working to verify that the company’s audit had been conducted correctly.

“The component which we believe contributed to this incident is an integral part of the hoist rope system on most cranes,” said WorkSafe Acting Executive Director of Health and Safety Paul Fowler.

“While there is no reason at this point to suggest this may be faulty on any other crane, a tragic incident such as the one which occurred on Thursday should prompt all crane owners and operators to inspect each and every crane in the state.

“It is essential that all hoist-rope termination assemblies are inspected to ensure they are appropriately installed, compliant and functioning according to manufacturer’s specifications.”

“If crane operators or owners are unsure about the safety of any crane component they should seek specialist advice.”

“We have been liaising with crane and construction industry groups, and interstate regulators, about this issue since Friday.”

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