Crane Driver Injured in Fall on Melbourne Construction Site

Another crane incident has taken place in Melbourne’s CBD, resulting in injuries for the crane driver.

The man had to be treated for suspected spinal and leg injuries after falling 2 metres inside a tower crane on the construction site.

It is believed the crane driver was climbing a ladder up to the driver’s cabin when the fall occurred and he landed on a metal platform beneath. He sustained spinal and leg injuries.

Emergency crews worked for more than an hour to rescue the crane driver from the 20 metre high platform.

He was transported to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a stable condition.

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2015 Workplace Fatality Results in Fine for Crane Driver and Company

An Ipswich company and an employee, Robert Poida have both been fined over a 2015 workplace accident that led to the death of a crane driver.

An 8 tonne mobile yard crane was being used to shift a large steep pipe when Mr Poida asked a colleague he was supervising to walk alongside the crane’s left front wheel to steady the load.

The man was not a licenced dogman and was run over by the crane, dying at the scene.

An investigation revealed that the crane was not maintained and was defective, with unsafe brakes and lights however the court found this did not directly cause the death.

The supervising employee was convicted and fined $15,000 and had to pay court costs of $1100.

Crane Driver Gets Hefty Fine in WA


WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch says the recent fining of a crane driver for neglect of safety should be a reminder for everyone to always think of safety in the workplace.

The man received a fine of $2500 and was ordered to pay costs of $594 after he made contact with over head power lines at a construction site in Scarborough Beach Road, Osborne Park in 2014.

Mr McCulloch said it is crucially important for crane drivers to be aware of the location of power lines and to observe the relevant exclusion.