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Tower crane hoist rope and brake failures

20th March 2019

The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risks of hoist rope and brake failure on tower cranes. Employers, builders, workers and crane operators should apply the principles in this alert to any crane with a hoist rope. Planning is the first step in ensuring that work is done safely. For example;

  • ensuring that each tower crane can be installed at an acceptable distance away from other tower cranes and concrete placement booms.
  • ensuring the tower crane boom remains an appropriate distance above the concrete placement boom.
  • consideration of proximity to overhead powerlines and appropriate control measures to prevent or minimise risks.

Read more in the safety alert and provided links to 'Tower crane code of practice 2017' and 'Mobile crane code of practice 2016'. 

Preventing Crush Injuries in Concrete Pump Hopper

18th December 2018

In November 2018, a concrete pump operator sustained serious injuries when his arm was caught in moving parts within the receiving hopper of a concrete pump. 

Cleaning out concrete pumping equipment including the hopper can be a highly hazardous operation. Entanglement, crushing and amputation hazards exist in a concrete hopper and pumping device of the concrete pump. Read on to find out more about preventing a similar incident. 

Workers injured when concrete pipe toppled over

22nd October 2018

Two workers in an excavation have been injured when a 1350mm diameter concrete stormwater pipe toppled over. 

Excavation work introduces a number of risks that must be managed, including the risk of people working in the excavation being crushed by unrestrained or inadequately restrained pipes. Workplace Health and Safety QLD discuss control measures to prevent unrestrained or inadequately restrained objects in the excavation from toppling over. 

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