Crane Accidents

Crane Accident at Ill-fated Waste-to-energy Plant


United Kingdom

Liebherr Crane Topples Over (1)A huge Liebherr crane with a ninety tons lifting capacity toppled over yesterday morning (FRI) while working at Lerwick┬┤s fire-damaged incinerator at Greenhead Base.

No one was injured in the accident. The emergency services were called out just before 12.00 hours but stood down later.

A spokeswoman for Lerwick Harbour Trust, owners of the crane, said: “The driver, who climbed down from the cab after the accident, was not injured and there were no other persons injured.”

Liebherr Crane Topples Over (2)The accident happened on a newly tarmacadamed road. The spokeswoman for Lerwick Harbour Trust said the cause of the accident had not yet been established but it appeared as though the vehicle was not secured with jacks when the crane lost its balance.

The crane had just completed a lift at the new incinerator and was preparing to leave the site when the accident happened, the Harbour Trust said.

The spokeswoman said the damage to the 400,000 pounds plant could not be established before it was put back on to its ten wheels.

Liebherr Crane Topples Over (3)She said: “Lerwick Harbour Trust is conducting an enquiry into the incident and relevant authorities including the police and the Health and Safety Executive, together with insurers, have been advised.”

Officers from the Health and Safety Executive are expected to arrive in Shetland on Monday.

Lerwick Harbour Trust only bought the H-registered crane second-hand in 1995.

This is the second accident at the new waste-to-energy incinerator within the last seven weeks. The plant itself was severely damaged in a fire in early December last year only days before the first test run.

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