Crane Accidents

Twin Fatality from Suspended Platform


 Limerick, Ireland

Two men died on Saturday after a man basket suspended from a loader crane dropped into the river in Limerick, Ireland.

Three men working for an unnamed sub-contractor were carrying out repairs to the Thomond Bridge from a man basket slung from the hook of a Palfinger articulated loader crane, owned by local company Cussen Crane Hire when something broke, dropping the platform into the water. Local reports suggest that it was the hoist cable – the crane was fitted with a boom mounted winch and was working over a single sheave attachment.

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The three men were working from a basket suspended from an articulated loader crane

All three were wearing life jackets as well as harnesses and lanyards, after the platform sunk into the water, one of them managed to unclip or cut his harness and float to the surface where he was quickly rescued. It is understood that the other two -one in his 20s and one in his 40s – floated to within a meter of the surface but were unable to disconnect themselves from the submerged platform.

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The basket was suspended from a hoist cable

Emergency services were quick to attend the incident and rapidly freed the two men, but were unable to revive them. They were declared dead on arrival at the hospital. A statement, the local authority, which is responsible for the bridge, said that it is working with an investigation being conducted by the gardaí (police) and the Health and Safety Authority.

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The submerged basket was recovered and sent off for investigation

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