Crane incident prompts WorkSafe Victoria to issue safety warning

WorkSafe Victoria is currently investigating an incident in which a precast concrete structure weighing 32 tonnes fell while being lifted by two cranes at a factory in Dandenong on Tuesday.

The precast concrete structure fell when a gantry crane being used in the lift malfunctioned.

There were no injuries reported.

“We are thankful there were no injuries, but it is a stark reminder to every employer that uses a crane to manage all the risks and ensure safety is a priority,” said WorkSafe Executive Director of Health and Safety, Marnie Williams.

“Because inquiries into this incident are ongoing, we cannot release further details at this stage.”

Ms. Willams reminded employers of the importance of crane safety.

“Cranes are an essential part of many industries but work involving cranes is high risk and must be treated with the utmost care and caution,” she said. “Failure to do otherwise could have tragic consequences.”

Here are WorkSafe’s tips for managing the risks of using cranes:

  • Select the proper crane and lifting equipment for the task, size, and weight for the load
  • For construction work, ensure a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is created and adhered to
  • Ensure cranes are maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications and requirements
  • Check that crane operators have the skills, training and licences to operate safely
  • Create and adhere to safe systems of work and ensure all workers are properly trained and competent before commencing the task

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