Company fined after dangerous crane climb filmed

Monday, 15 May 2017, 06:45:09 PM. A DARWIN crane hire and rigging company has been convicted and fined $11,800 after an employee was filmed climbing a tower crane without appropriate fall protection measures in place on two separate occasions.

Top Development (NT) Pty Ltd, trading as High Rise Crane & Rigging Services, pleaded guilty in the Darwin Local Court on Friday to two breaches of Section 32 of the Work Health and Safety Act for failing to comply with a health and safety duty.

On February 2, 2016, an employee was observed and photographed climbing outside the tower crane without a safety harness at a worksite in Darwin’s CBD.

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A Darwin crane hire and rigging company has been convicted and fined $11,800 after an employee was filmed climbing a tower crane without appropriate fall protection measuresSource:Supplied

Despite WorkSafe Inspectors attending the worksite and receiving assurances the activity would not occur again, he was filmed the following day walking along the boom of the crane without the appropriate safety measures in place.

NT WorkSafe executive director Stephen Gelding said on both occasions, the man was working “at a height of approximately 18 to 21 meters without appropriate fall protection”.

“A fall from that height would have serious, if not fatal consequences,” Mr Gelding said.

“It would have been alarming for both witnesses from their seventh floor office to see such a blatant disregard for safety.”

The company was also ordered to pay a victim levy and costs totalling $3,500.

High Rise Crane & Rigging Services declined to comment.

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