Company fined over unstable crane accident
A company was fined $22,000 over an accident in which a crane collapsed over a footpath and highway. No injuries occurred but the company pleaded guilty to a failure to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the crane operated safely.
Steel purlins were being unloaded with the boom fully extended when the instability occurred.
The crane was sited on unstable sandy ground when a stabilising leg and support failed.
The judge found that the crane operator had not been formally trained in the machine’s operation.