Crane Accidents

Man Killed When Crane Drops Load

03/25/09

Australia 

ONE man is dead and four other railway workers are suffering serious injuries after a crane dropped a load of steel at a work site in the NSW Hunter Valley, police said.

The workmen were upgrading a section of the coal rail line near Telarah, a suburb of Maitland, when four lengths of steel was dropped by a crane, trapping the men, about 11pm (AEDT) last night.

“One man sustained multiple injuries and died at the scene,” police said.

“Four of his workmates sustained serious injuries.

“Two of the injured were airlifted to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital for emergency treatment, while the others were taken by ambulance to a local hospital.”

The man operating the crane has been interviewed by police, while detectives, forensic officers and WorkCover NSW representatives investigated the scene.

A report into the death will be prepared for the coroner.

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