This shocking Sydney construction site crane collapse that occured at 9.45am yesterday (Tuesday 27th November) could have easily had much direr consequences than it did. It is believed leaking diesel caused a fire in the back of the crane, causing the crane’s jib cables to literally melt and give way resulting in the jib collapsing onto part of the construction site. See this video posted by http://www.smh.com.au:
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that:
CFMEU state secretary Brian Parker said it’s “by chance” no one was injured or killed when the crane caught fire on the construction site at the University of Technology on the corner of Broadway and Wattle Street about 9.45am on Tuesday. Mr Parker said union officials did a full inspection of the site about two weeks ago and closed it down for four days.“We brought up issues about leaking diesel on the crane and the dieseline leaking from the crane.
“We said to them that a maintenance regime has to take place immediately on the crane. “That’s obvious to us that it’s failed to be done and we’ve had a situation where it’s put hundreds of lives at risk.” Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/uts-crane-collapse-was-an-accident-waiting-to-happen-20121127-2a4tl.html#ixzz2DTW8RURI
It seems crazy that a large company like this would allow anything but impeccable OH&S standards for such a potentially dangerous piece of equipment as a large crane. Perhaps some site managers need to do our White Card course?!