Universal Crane newsletter this month covers a powerline strike fatality in NZ, a fatality caused by a crane collapsing on a young man working at heights in WA and the usual range of
construction workplace incidents ranging from prosecutions to the rigging quiz.
There are three reports having resulted from fire and explosions in different settings, confined spaces and in different types of factories. An explosive atmosphere is an
accumulation of gas, mist, dust or vapour, mixed with air, which has the potential to catch fire or explode. An explosive atmosphere does not always result in an explosion,
but if it caught fire the flames would quickly travel through it and if it happened in a (as happened in the shipyard report) confined space (e.g. in plant or equipment) the
rapid spread of the flames or rise in pressure could also cause an explosion.
A reminder to always inspect the condition of hooks on a regular basis to prevent potential damage or severing of synthetic slings.
The duty of care we all have to provide “working at heights” equipment to prevent harm to workers, visitors and the public is one aspect. The maintenance of that equipment
in a serviceable condition requires adherence to the Australian Standards to undergo annual inspections and maintain written records.
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