Electrical Safety – the basics of electricity

Electricity is such a central part of everyday life that we forget how dangerous it can be. The risk of injury and death by electrocution is present with voltages as low as 230 volts, so it is important to always be aware of electrical hazards, especially in high-risk environments like construction sites.

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Incident Report - Gold Coast, Australia

In May 2017, a near miss occurred when a 130T Grove GMK5130 crane lunged forward due to overloading. No injuries or damage were sustained but there was high potential for serious consequences. A breakdown in communication, time pressures and repetition of lift were contributing factors and the crane was not sufficiently derated for engineered demolition.

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MATES in Construction – supporting the construction industry

Each year over 2,500 Australian’s die by suicide, more than twice the number of deaths from traffic accidents. In 2008, the MATES in Construction program was established in response to a report by the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention commissioned by industry which found the male suicide rate in the Queensland construction industry was 1.75 times greater than the general Australian male suicide rate.

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Incident Report - Auckland, New Zealand

An Auckland Cranes Kato SR250 Rough Terrain Crane was involved in an incident where a winch rope made contact with high voltage power lines. Fortunately workers escaped fatal injuries but damage to equipment and vehicles was significant.

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Look Up and Live

Cranes and live power lines are a dangerous mix. We hear from The Crane Industry Council of Australia about the vital steps that must be taken before commencing any work where power lines are present.

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Incident Report - Army Bay, New Zealand

In May 2018, a crew from Smith Cranes’ Auckland branch were undertaking a job at the Army Bay sewer outfall project. The key findings of the incident revealed a major contributing factor being the failure to carry out comprehensive lift planning prior to commencing the job, including assessment of the shaft depth and the crane’s reach.

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Incident Report - Auckland, New Zealand

In May 2018, Auckland Cranes experienced a near miss when the wheel nuts of two tyres on a trailer became loose while on route to site. This caused the two front left wheels to become displaced from the trailer, rolling into an embankment on the highway shoulder.

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Incident Report - Gold Coast, Australia

In the early hours of 9 December 2017, a Liebherr LTM1350-6.2 experienced an outrigger failure on the Gold Coast in Australia. The crane was being set up to complete a dual lift. During set up, the operator slewed to the front of the crane cab to configure the hook block with the correct reeving required when the rear left outrigger failed. This caused the outrigger to collapse.

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The smarts taking our industry to new levels of safety performance

The engineering solutions and technological innovations which continue to evolve offer inspiration and endless opportunities to advance as an industry, particularly in keeping our people safe.  Through appropriate application of the technology at hand we have an opportunity to drastically reduce human plant interactions, reduce lift cycle times and improve quality outcomes.

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World-First Technology Set to Revolutionise Crane Safety

Verton Technologies is at the forefront of progress in remote operation technology, having launched a world-first product which will revolutionise crane operations globally by improving safety and productivity. Verton has developed the R-series, the world’s first remote load-management system, to eliminate the need for human held taglines to control suspended loads.

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