Yet another crane crash has occurred this time in Bunbury, Australind. The crane crashed into a home, thankfully it was unoccupied at the time so no one was injured.
The incident which took place at around 10am had fire fighters rushing to the scene along with a WorkSafe representative.
WorkSafe is investigating the incident and it will likely take a few months before we know exactly what happened. The crane was apparently being used to install a pool when it unexpectedly hit into the house. The following excerpt as taken from a post on SafetyCulture.com.au and explains more about what happened:
According to reports, the crane was at the property on Jadeite street and was there to install a swimming pool when all of a sudden it tipped straight onto the roof of the house. Luckily no one was injured during the incident but emergency crews took no chances and stayed at the site for most of the day.
Initial reports show that the driver of the crane was not inside it when the accident happened. A WorkSafe spokeswoman said that its officers were already in the scene to investigate but added that it will most likely take months before they can determine why the crane crashed onto the house.
Recently in particular there has been a spate of crane crashes and accidents involving cranes on construction sites. It highlights not only the importance of having a qualified, high risk licenced crane operator but also the importance of training for everyone on the work site.
It is vital that we are aware of the risks associated with cranes. Here are the most common causes of crane incidents that construction workers need to be aware of,
- Improper Assembly of Cranes: Although crane safety and standards are strict there is a chance that cranes are improperly assembled, resulting in collapse. Particularly if cranes don’t have the proper blocking in the form of wood or metal supports to stabilize the load, the unbalanced load can move and the crane can collapse.
- Buckle or Collapse: To make sure cranes don’t topple over they come with strict weight limits. To counterbalance the weight, cranes use counterweight and out-rigging systems. If the maximum weight is exceeded the crane will be in danger of either buckling or the boom may collapse.
- Mechanical Failure: Despite our reliance on machines the truth is they too are vulnerable at times and they can collapse especially if they aren’t properly maintained. Crane components need to be oiled on a regular basis and components with excessive wear should be repaired and replaced right away.
- Lack of/ Improper Training: Operator training is a crucial element of crane safety. Obviously these operators should be in possession of the necessary certificates and high risk training, but they as well as everyone else on the work site should also be in possession of a General construction induction training card known as the White Card.