Engineering company fined after fatal crane accident
A WESTERN Sydney engineering and manufacturing company has been fined $225,000 after an incident in 2012, where a worker died when a crane fell on top of him.
The 48-year-old fitter and machinist was performing maintenance work on a crane when it fell over, pinning him between the crane and the arm of another crane.
The incident happened at the Baker and Provan St Marys site, where it supplied, maintained and ser- viced cranes used by the Royal Australian Navy.
At the time of the incident, the worker was realigning a slip ring that had been incorrectly installed on the crane.
SafeWork NSW charged Baker and Provan with failing to ensure the crane was on a secure base while work was being carried out on the crane, failing to ensure at least one locking pin was in place when work was being carried out on the crane, and failing to provide a job safety analysis or safe work method statement identifying the risks associated with the work.
On September 4, Baker and Provan was convicted of the charge in the District Court, fined $225,000, and ordered to pay SafeWork NSW’s costs.
After the incident, Baker and Provan put a number of safety measures in place, including a system of work where cranes are secured to the test base.
The Standard contacted Baker and Provan, however, the company declined to comment.