02:03 pm, Thursday 29 November, 2012
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WorkCover NSW is calling for a special crane industry roundtable discussion next Tuesday in the wake of the crane collapse at inner Sydney’s construction site. Read SafetyCulture report
General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division John Watson said the outcome could have been tragic, and had put the safety spotlight firmly on the crane industry.
“I would urge all contractors across NSW to check the state of tower cranes and related machinery and ensure they are compliant with WH&S legislation in the wake of Tuesday’s serious workplace incident,” said Mr Watson.
“Tower cranes are potentially hazardous plant machinery and are covered by special legislative requirements in relation to their design and registration, major inspections and record-keeping.
“Standard inspections before cranes are erected include a check for leakage in lines, tanks, valves, pumps and other parts of air systems or hydraulic systems. The same checks are conducted a second time during commissioning inspections once the crane is operational.
“Contractors must by law ensure that cranes and other plant machinery are safe and do not present a risk to persons using it or who may otherwise be exposed to its use.”
WorkCover inspectors are currently conducting a thorough investigation of how the crane caught fire and collapsed on Tuesday, 27 November.