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500 tonner overturn

14. April 2019 | Comments (6)

A 500 tonne eight axle All Terrain crane owned and operated by Sarens UK, overturned at its yard in Brentwood, Essex, UK, a week ago on Saturday.

The Vertikal team was in, or travelling to Munich when the news of this incident bagan coming through, making it difficult to follow up and confirm the facts, given that it occurred in crane yard with few witnesses.

Sarens overturn
The overturned crane

We understand that the operator – who is said to have been involved with a number of incidents while working for at least two other crane rental companies prior to joining Sarens – was loading or unloading a ballast truck, the crane had no counterweight and lifted the load out of radius, causing the crane to lose stability and tip. We have been told that no one was seriously hurt in the incident, although one person – possibly the operator did suffer injuries.

Sarens crane overturn
The crane was apparently loading or unloading counterweight slabs

Vertikal Comment

Some reports have indicated that the crane’s safe load indicator/LMI was overidden and the boom was extended out of sequence for the job in hand, but we have no evidence to confirm these claims at this point.


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Tristam Mayes
19. April 2019 14:01

I have seen it all now, Mick Ponsonby dishing out advice to the Sarens family now, the worlds gone mad.

Andrew Foster
18. April 2019 17:36

Lets assume in a totally hypothetical scenario that the the crane operator was totally negligent here and selected a counterweight configuration on the crane when that counterweight was not in fact present on the machine. Couple that with the fact that tele sections 1&2 were selected seemingly incorrectly and its either lack of training or an operator who just couldn't be bothered .

Mike Ponsonby
17. April 2019 19:42

FAO Hendrik Sarens, CEO
Sarens NV
Autoweg 10
Wolvertem 1861

Good Evening Mr Sarens

As this potentially Fatal Crane incident depicted above is number 587 since I started researching this subject on 7th May 2007. I write to remind you of a conversation that you and I had at The Kraz Hotel in Amsterdam on the subject of Crane Safety and how it could and should be improved, because 522 Fatal Incidents in the past 12 yrs is not acceptable. This conversation took place on Thursday Morning the 8th November 2017.

As you are both the employer and the owner of the Sarens Crane depicted above Tipped to the rear in Brentwood, UK, then you are the Duty Holder in Law. Moreover you personally agreed in November 2017, that it was now in your Best Interests to Raise Crane Safety Stds, because your Cranes are the Machines getting Damaged, as well as your Companies reputation and if not raised then obtaining Insurance would be increasingly difficult.

This type of negligence above is a VG example of how Innocent People Get Killed by the negligent acts of others while ignoring the principles of Force, Mass and the Need for Ballast to Counterbalance the Weight of Boom or Jib.

So as we have now witnessed Five 5 seperate Crane Incidents so far in April 2019. This requires a positive initiative by the Industry on how to raise Crane Safety Standards, so please allow me to make three suggestions.

1. Start a Crane Safety Training Programme.

2. Include the Newtonian Principles of how to calculate Force, Mass and Gravity in that Crane Safety Training Programme.

3. You as Chief Executive plus all Sarens Directors and Managers to be Trained in UK Legal obligations of Risk Assessment and Safe Systems of Work SSoW.

Therefore as my Database confirms 587 Crane Incidents with 42% involving Mobile Cranes. Please allow me conclude by stating that Worker Safety is important, very important and much too important to leave it to chance.

Vertikal Readers look forward to reading of your Personal Crane Safety Initiative for the foreseeable future ?

Kind Regards
Mike Ponsonby

17. April 2019 01:39

If the operator has a checkered past, I don't think I would have let him run a forklift, let alone a 500T All Terrain.

Jack Westwood
15. April 2019 21:00

The comment about the drivers past is a bit unprofessional, do you not think?

15. April 2019 09:06

Sections 1+2 out with the 84m boom in is just madness!! I?m really not surprised it went over, even just with 1 slab on the hook you wouldn?t get that to much of a radius with those sections out! Simple basics that!




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