Mobile crane operations on construction sites will be in the spotlight as part of a new WorkSafe campaign beginning this month.
According to WorkSafe, mobile cranes were high risk plant with nearly 50 incidents being reported to WorkSafe in the past year.
When something goes wrong with this type of equipment the consequences can be catastrophic.
WorkSafe inspectors encounter many serious incidents involving mobile cranes, which would not have happened if basic safe operating procedures were observed.
Inspectors will check mobile cranes and associated lifting gear to ensure this equipment is being used safely and that essential inspections and maintenance have occurred.
They will also expect mobile cranes to have the required documentation; including operation manuals, plant registration, operators’ certificates and logbooks.
WorkSafe will reinforce its expectation that the industry adopt guidance given in the Code of Practice for Plant and the Australian Standards.
Inspectors will take appropriate compliance action if dangerous situations are identified or where non-compliance with health and safety laws is found.
According to Worksafe, for blatant breaches of safety laws or where evidence of obvious incompetence is found, WorkSafe would recommend these matters for investigation and possible prosecution of employers or cancellation of operators’ certificates.