A horrendous crane and elevated work platform crash has resulted in a massive fine for the builder involved.
The Australian building company was fined $280,000 for major safety violations discovered by the federal work safety regulator Comcare.
The regulator embarked on an intensive investigation which found inadequate communication and isolation measures on the part of the builder and inadequate supervision, instruction and training.
Comcare said the worker was lucky to escape serious injury and possibly death given the circumstances.
The incident occurred when 2 large portal cranes were loading sections of a road bridge onto trucks when one of the cranes collided with an elevated platform, forcing the worker to try to leap out as the basket he was in buckled but his harness was holding him in. The man just managed to lean out of the basket and avoid being crushed as the crane stopped just in time.