Cranes & Access|July/August 2020

Dropped load costs $240,000

New Zealand stevedoring company C3, was fined $240,000 after a ship crane dropped a 15 tonne excavator while unloading it from the Aster K onto the wharf at Northport, Whangarei in 2017, narrowly missing five employees.

The excavator slipped from the rigging during the lift, an investigation by Maritime NZ found that no exclusion zone was in place and that the lift supervisor was unable to see the point from where it was lifted, or able to communicate with the trainee spotter on the wharf. He also failed to notify those working in the immediate vicinity of the lift.

Neil Rowarth of Maritime NZ said: “This is a striking example of employers’ responsibilities to provide good workplace training and safe work practices. Five workers had been in the drop zone moments before the excavator fell from the crane. It was sheer good luck that no one was seriously injured or killed. Cranes can be dangerous and people working with them must be properly trained.”

Aerial lift incident costs £1.32 million

UK contractors Costain and Brenbuild have received fines totalling more than £1.3 million following an incident that seriously injured two men working from the platform of a scissor lift.


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July/August 2020