Crane Accidents

Man Injured as Crane Collapses



A man was seriously injured on Monday when a 200-tonne crane collapsed into Sydney Harbour.

Crane operator Craig Smith fell four metres onto the ground, a Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) spokesman said.

The accident occurred at about 6am (AEDT) at a loading terminal at Walsh Bay.

The CFMEU said it was believed the collapse occurred due to the failure of “locking knots” in the base of the crane, which keep it upright.

A NSW Ambulance spokesman said Mr Smith, 46, was believed to have suffered serious chest and leg injuries, and was currently being treated at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

The boom of the crane was still immersed in water at Walsh Bay, the CFMEU spokesman said.

Union officials were at the scene.

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