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Date Posted30/05/2018

Crane Driver Faces Manslaughter Charges After Fatal Incident

A crane driver has been charged with manslaughter after an incident in August 2016 which claimed the life of a worker on a construction site.

The incident involved a mobile crane on the University of Canberra Hospital Construction Site in Bruce.

A number of operators, managers and supervisors who shared various responsibilities on the project were also charged.

The crane was being used to move an 11 tonne generator on the site when the worker was killed.

An extensive investigation revealed that there were significant system failures on site and that the safety of workers was not taken into account by the employer.

The investigation also showed that a number of people made poor decisions, repeatedly over time, in undertaking the lift, with the risk of serious injury or death being apparent, they however continued in their task.

As a result the mobile crane exceeded its design capabilities so that it overturned.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/04/crane-driver-faces-manslaughter-charge-fatal-workplace-incident/#.Wvl9fpclE1l

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