When will they ever learn?
February 20, 2013 | Comments (3)
Taken yesterday in Collingwood, Melbourne it shows two men riding a formwork panel frame, which is being lifted to the top of a building by a tower crane.
While it looks safe enough, as long as the crane does not develop a problem, that the load does not collide with anything and that the slinging is up to snuff! It clearly contravenes all good working practices, would have been visible all over the site and required the collusion of the crane operator.
Our reader says: “Collingwood, Melbourne Australia: - two men riding a formwork load one day after a crane driver fell to his death” - A concerned citizen.
Coming a day after a tower crane operator died after a fall on another site in the city, you would think that everyone would be extra diligent and be avoiding such Death Wishes so soon after the tragic event of the day before, regardless of what caused that incident.
Australia has some of the toughest rules, regulation and guidelines when it comes to crane and aerial lift working practices and safety. Its associations are also among the best in the world and exceptionally pro-active. Yet certain contractors continue to allow sloppy work practices that spoil the efforts everyone else makes to avoid death and injury on site.