Crane Accidents

Construction Worker Catapulted from Crane

04/23/10

Melbourne, Australia

A man is lucky to be alive after he was catapulted out of the cabin of a crane on a Melbourne construction site.

The man was working on a shopping complex in Springvale when a counterbalance fell off the crane. The man was left dangling by his safety harness 40 metres above the ground. Another worker climbed up the crane to rescue him. A WorkSafe spokeswoman said her organisation was investigating the incident, which occurred about 5.30pm yesterday. “A rigger fell from the machine deck of a tower crane during the erection of the crane,” she said.”

Apparently he was held by his harness [and] he wasn’t hurt. “The crane is threatening to topple onto an electricity distribution terminal. Emergency crews are still trying to secure the site.

 

 

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