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Drilling company fined $170,000 over crane collapse

Posted On November 22, 2013

A drilling company in Victoria has been fined $170,000 after pleading guilty to an incident in which a falling gantry crane injured one man and narrowly missed several others working on a desalination pipeline project.

The incident occurred on 25 February 2011, as the company was dismantling a specially designed gantry crane from a pipeline site beside the Bass River at Kernot. The gantry crane was unique in that its portal legs could be folded to make transportation easier.

The company, Pezzimenti Laserbore, hired another company to provide a mobile crane to assist with the gantry crane’s dismantling and removal from the site.

As the work got under way, a Pezzimenti director instructed the mobile crane company’s workers to remove the pins on the portal legs before the gantry crane’s weight was supported by the mobile crane.

As the pins were being removed, the gantry crane collapsed. A worker on the crane rode it down and was thrown heavily to the ground. The crane narrowly missed him and fell close to the director and several other workers.

The injured worker suffered shoulder, back, leg and other injuries. He has lost range of movement in one arm and continues to suffer pain as a result of the incident.

In Korumburra Magistrates’ Court, Pezzimenti Laserbore pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to ensure the safety of workers, while it was also ordered to pay $2787.52 in costs.

“This prosecution serves as a timely reminder that safety must always be a top priority on any work site,” said WorkSafe Victoria’s general manager of health and safety operations, Lisa Sturzenegger.

“As we are getting into a busy time of year for many employers and employees, we want everyone to take extra care at work.”

Source: sia.org.au

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