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Date PostedNovember 28, 2012

Sydney Crane Collapse


Sydney Crane Collapse

The crane jib collapsed onto the UTS building. Photo: Nick Moir
Source: http://www.smh.com.au/

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

The crane on fire. Photo: Nick Moir
Source: http://www.smh.com.au

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?!


Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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