En­gi­neer­ing com­pany fined af­ter fa­tal crane ac­ci­dent

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

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.

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