Crane Collapses onto a Residential Building, Sydney

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017

When Will We Learn? An investigation has begun into what caused the crane to collapse onto a unit block on Brodie Spark Drive at Wolli Creek on Sunday. Three construction workers were taken to hospital for treatment after the accident, one with a suspected broken leg.  No one was inside the crane at the time of the crash. Crane incidents are a low probability and high impact risk category.  Not enough attention is paid to the risks involved in using cranes, particularly in built up areas. This is usually due to lack of knowledge and awareness. Some key contributing factors to crane failures are: human error, insufficient planning, unauthorised changes and violating manufacturer’s recommendation.  Every high risk activity should address the following three points before proceeding: Do you have effective and adequate safeguards in place to identify and eliminate deficiencies? Are the intended safeguards adequate and have been properly constructed, tested and maintained? Have you engaged an “Independent Competent Verification” and “Active On-Site Monitoring” process to provide assurance? Published By:  9 News on 6 August...

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Autonomous Syncronized Hoist

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017

Enerpac has launched the SHAS-Series Autonomous SyncHoist for high-precision load manoeuvring with a single crane, it is designed for the safe and accurate positioning of heavy and unbalanced loads. Deployed below-the-hook, SyncHoist can be used either directly between slings or under an auxiliary frame, enabling accurate hoisting where space is limited. SyncHoist enhances a crane’s capability in terms of both its ability to accurately handle heavy and unbalanced loads, and its utility on-site. There is no need for an external power pack or for hydraulic hoses for the lifting cylinders, therefore, it does not require mid-hoist replacement of the power pack or generator.   A single operator controls and oversees the entire hoisting job, using a portable wireless control unit for remote control of all cylinders. In addition to synchronised lifting and lowering, the operator is able to independently lift and lower each cylinder for balancing, tilting and positioning loads.  Published By:  Cranes on 27 March...

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Operator Error in NYC Massive Crane Collapse

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017

Operator error was responsible for the collapse of a crawler crane in Tribeca, Manhattan, USA, according to the New York City Department of Buildings (DoB). The DoB alleged that the operator, who has not been identified, failed properly to secure the 565 foot (172 metre) crawler crane the night before it collapsed. The operator is also said to have lowered the main boom at the wrong angle, causing the crane to topple over in strong winds. The operator’s licence has been suspended and the DoB has filed to revoke his licence permanently. The crane collapsed along Worth Street in lower Manhattan just before 08.30 on 5 February 2016, killing 38-year-old David Wichs. Three other people were injured. Buildings commissioner Rick Chandler said, “The crane operator involved in this incident acted recklessly, with tragic results. The actions we’re taking should send the message to everyone in the construction industry that safety must come first.” The crane, which was owned by Bay Crane and operated by Galasso Trucking and Rigging, was being used to replace generators and air conditioners on a roof. The DoB is implementing 23 recommendations that a technical working group formed by Mayor de Blasio released in June in response to the collapse. These include requiring mobile cranes to be fitted with anemometers to record...

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Mecca Crane Crash Cause – Human Error is a real risk!

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017

How can you safeguard your operation?   Human error was allegedly to blame for the crane that fell and killed more than 100 people in Saudi Arabia ahead of the hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca in 2015, the Saudi Gazette has reported. The Grand Mosque crane was operated by people who were not licensed to do so, an engineer testified in a Saudi Arabian court. The user’s manual that explained how to operate the heavy machinery was never consulted by some of the people manning the crane, said the engineer, one of 14 defendants in the case. “Some of them did not even know that such a book existed,” said the engineer, who was not immediately identified. While the proceedings have been taking place in criminal court, the defendants have said the case instead belongs in the Civil Defense Court because it was an accident. The worst punishment a civil court could levy against the defendants would be about six months in prison and a fine versus a potential life or death sentence in criminal court. The host of charges the defendants face include, but are not limited to, the violation of safety rules, negligence and causing the death and injuries to many people. One hundred and...

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Support for ISO Anti-Briberty Standard

Posted by on Oct 23, 2016

“Bribery, world most destructive and challenging issue” FIEC (the European Construction Industry Federation) and EIC (European International Contractors) have expressed their support for the publication of the new worldwide standard on anti-bribery management systems. The standard has been published by the International Organisation for Standardisation (IOS) after it described bribery as “one of the world’s most destructive and challenging issues”. It said that over US$1 trillion (€910 billion) is paid in bribes each year. The standard specifies a series of measures to help organisations prevent, detect and address bribery. These include adopting an anti-bribery policy, appointing a person to oversee anti-bribery compliance, training, risk assessments and due diligence on projects and business associates. Per Nielsen, FIEC and EIC representative, said, “Now that it is available for practical use, I do hope that contractors and clients alike see the big opportunity to introduce management systems which will reduce the risk of active and passive corruption considerably. “In addition, forthcoming guidelines will have to clarify the need for moral and organisational reciprocity between clients and contractors as one of the necessary conditions for success in practice.” Published By:  KHL on 18 October...

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