A crane accident has rocked a construction site in Adelaide at the Royal Adelaide Hospital causing workers to be evacuated and work to grind to halt.

Yet another incident involving cranes has taken place, this time during the lifting of a load which became dislodged from a sling. The dislodgement caused steel being lifted to fall from the load, narrowly missing workers down below.

No one was injured during the incident but obviously the outcome could have been devastating. SafeWork SA is now investigating the incident which apparently occurred around 7:30am.

The construction union is apparently outraged at the incident because it isn’t the first to have taken place on the site, suggesting that shortcuts are being taken by site controllers.

The following excerpt from an article on Abc.net.au explains further:

5535370-4x3-340x255There have been several crane incidents during the building work including a crane’s load hitting a work shed.

Construction union official Aaron Cartledge has accused the building consortium of taking shortcuts because the hospital project is getting behind schedule.

“There are a number of workers just getting sick and tired of how the project is going,” he said.

“We’re trying to drill down to what are some of the endemic problems.”

Mr Cartledge says it would appear the latest problem was not due to any issue with the crane itself.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-19/crane-incidents-steel-sling-royal-adelaide-hospital-site/5535272

While the SafeWork SA investigation is ongoing, work on the site has since resumed. Part of the steel load fell while it was being moved by a tower crane on Thursday, luckily missing the workers on the site down below.

According to a media statement by SafeWork SA, it is taking an active role in investigating the incident as it does all notifiable incidents. The investigation is centring around the cause of the accident and ensuring that corrective measures are taken as well as implementing preventative actions to ensure no further incidents of this nature take place.

The following excerpt from a post SafetyCulture.com.au explains:

SafeWork SA is also monitoring work safety at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital construction. SafeWork SA inspectors conduct regular visits to the site which operates 24 hours a day with more than 1,000 workers. Crane safety and operations across the site is also being discussed together with representatives from Hansen Yuncken, Leighton Contractors, CFMEU, CEPU, crews and other site personnels.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/06/safework-sa-continues-investigate-crane-incident/

While cranes are powerful tools and are often irreplaceable on construction sites, if not used carefully they can be extremely dangerous, not only to workers on the site, crane operators and visitors to the work site but also to pedestrians and cars in adjacent areas as loads don’t always fall directly to the construction site below, but parts of the load can also reach outside of the site and injure or even kill innocent passers-by. Most crane fatalities take place when workers are crushed by the crane of its loads, usually during load shifts, machine malfunctions or operator error.

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