SafeWork NSW inspectors will take part in a crackdown on crane operators on construction sites across the state as part of a six-month blitz aimed at increasing safety in the industry.

Inspectors would be attending construction sites to ensure all types of cranes were being operated safely and are in good working condition.

There are a lot of good operators out there who are doing a great job but we are seeing incidents involving cranes becoming more common -  in the last few weeks we have had a number of incidents in Sydney, as well as a fatality in Melbourne.

In one incident in Burwood a crane hook fell around 50 metres on to a work site, while at a site in Campbelltown, a further near miss occurred when a crane dropped a 900kg bag of sand it was lifting after it hit a scaffold.

SafeWork inspectors have visited both sites and are undertaking investigations.

Inspectors will be undertaking focussed crane checks on every site they visit where a crane is in operation.

Where our inspectors find safety breaches they will take compliance and enforcement actions to ensure the safety of all persons on site.

Inspectors will verify the licence of all crane operators, riggers and doggers, as well as ensure operator competency, crane inspection and maintenance systems are documented and followed.

They will also see that exclusion zones and other systems are in place for the safety of those on the ground, and inspect that safe work load devices and guidelines are being followed.

While cranes are an essential piece of equipment in today’s construction industry, it is essential they are operated properly by qualified individuals – we are going out to building sites to ensure that is the case.

For more information on cranes safety, visit our tower cranes page or call us on 13 10 50.

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