Pin key to site death
Crane fall report blames missing part
A SMALL missing safety pin caused a crane accident at a Box Hill building site that killed a worker and left another in serious condition in hospital, a company investigation has found.
Shaun Burns, 48, was killed when a kibble carrying more than a tonne of concrete fell from a crane last month.
His co-worker, a 28-year old Caroline Springs man, was also injured and remained in a serious but stable condition in the Royal Melbourne Hospital last night. Another worker had minor injuries.
An internal report from Italian manufacturer Raimondi Cranes, seen by the Herald
Sun, states a pin was not in place on the crane when the accident happened. “The safety pin is a simple but critical component of the hoist rope termination assembly, which, if missing, could result in the gradual loosening of the nuts securing the termination assembly,” the report says.
“Investigations are continuing to determine at which point of the supply chain the safety pin was unaccounted for, but initial indications are that the safety pin was missing at the time of installation of the crane at Box Hill site.”
The report said there were “no defects in the hoist rope … design”, and that it was “paramount” Raimondi’s clients “ensure that all crane components (including safety pins) are identified and assessed as being properly installed.”
But Clark Cranes director Michael Clark rejected the report’s findings, saying the safety pin was Raimondi’s responsibility. “The hoist rope termination assembly is built and assembled by the manufacturer in Italy. It is not reassembled or altered in any way upon arrival in Australia. In this respect it is much like an airbag in a car,” he said.
The CFMEU has criticised Clark Cranes because it did not sign up to “green sticker” crane roadworthy checks.
But Mr Clark said safety was the company’s “No. 1 priority”. “We have always rigorously adhered to the manufacturers recommended maintenance standards. These are as good, or better, than anything required by the green sticker assessment program,” he said.
It was the second accident involving a Raimondi crane this year, with both operated by Clark Cranes.
A WorkSafe investigation is continuing.