Queensland WHS Authority Targets Vehicle Loading Cranes

A safety blitz that will last 2 years has begun in Queensland following a number of incidents involving vehicle loading cranes.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland recently announced the blitz which would address the high number of incidents that occurred between 2012 and 2018 – 18 are known of.

The safety regulator said in the past decade, 3 people were killed in the state and numerous more were injured as well as property damaged after a VLC stabiliser or outrigger arm extended during travel and struck other vehicles or pedestrians.

The campaign comes after an agreement between the coroner and the safety watchdog that there was a need to educate operators and enforce safe use and operation of VLC stabilisers and outriggers.

Read more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/08/blitz-targets-queensland-vehicle-loading-cranes/#.W51bzPYlHQV

Australia’s Crane Capital

Sydney has 350 cranes on construction sites around the city, and it’s mostly thanks to residential construction.

In second place is Melbourne with a record 150 cranes but it still doesn’t compare to Sydney’s 350, according to the RLB Crane index, published biannually by Rider Levett Bucknall.

Sydney’s cranes aren’t concentrated in the CBD alone. They are spread across 109 suburbs in Sydney as well. Epping is the suburb with the highest number of cranes at 16 followed by Wolli Creek with 13.

This is significant because cranes are an indication of construction activity, which is booming in Sydney, particularly residential construction. Read more at http://www.news.com.au/finance/real-estate/sydney-nsw/sydney-the-crane-capital-of-australia-rlb-crane-index/news-story/99d722f498fcc5b976e2829c05d639ee

Building Boom in Cairns Evident by Cranes Across The City

Cairns has been transformed into what has been described as a “crane city” with the skyline practically transformed.

Cranes are seen as a sign of a healthy construction industry, instilling confidence in the community and spurring further investment.

Three of the projects responsible for the cranes are Crystalbrook Collection projects which are expected to cost $370 million and generate 1600 jobs for the construction phases of the projects.

Read more at: http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/optimism-erupts-as-cairns-skyline-welcomes-cranes-amid-construction/news-story/1452ddb0aab01cd331e9bbfb6380200f

White Card Incident Update: Tower Crane Jib Collapse in East London

A construction incident has occurred in London which is yet another in a series of crane accidents. Cranes have become a cause for concern on construction sites across the world because of the large number of accidents that have occurred recently and the number of people that have been injured.

But this is not just a foreign problem, Oz has had its share of crane incidents recently as well, with the one in Sydney’s CBD a few months ago gaining international exposure for its severity and the fact that miraculously nobody was injured.

The recent accident in East London occurred when the job of a tower crane collapsed onto a partially built residential project. The crane incident was very costly because the expensive residential scheme suffered damage which would set the builders work back quite a bit. Thankfully there were no injuries because it could have easily resulted in a fatality.

Read what happened below from a post on www.craneaccidents.com:


The load that was being carried by the crane at the time of the incident fell, still attached to the crane, into the canal adjacent to the site.

An eyewitness told Building that he heard a loud bang, followed by workers leaving the site. “They [the workers] said the crane had fallen down so it is very lucky no one was injured,” he added.

The Health and Safety Executive said it was aware of the incident and was making inquiries.

The Paul Davis and Partners-designed scheme at 21 Wapping Lane comprises five buildings, including an 18 storey tower, with 385 residential units, together with retail, leisure and community uses.

According to construction information provider Barbour ABI the project is worth £173m.


It is important that when conducting crane operations certain considerations are taken into account.

  • Sufficient clearance and safe distances between the crane and scaffolding or overhead electric wires
  • it is important to ensure that the raise speed is sufficiently moderate so that contact with structures can be avoided and the dogger has a clear view of both the load and the hook when lifting or lowering the crane hook or load
  • Directions to a crane operator should only ever be given by a licensed dogger, and the assessment should consider the need for a crane coordinator.
  • A system of reliable communication is required between the crane operator and the doggers who are essentially the eyes and ears of the crane operator

Another issue that should never be neglected is that of training. Workers need to undergo white card training as well as site specific training in addition to the specialised training required for dangerous tasks such as crane operation.