Company charged over Southbank crane collapse

Following a comprehensive investigation into the crane collapse at 42 Balston St, Southbank in August 2015, WorkSafe has charged GC Crane Hire Pty Ltd, trading as General Cranes, with two breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.


The charges, which have been filed in the Melbourne Magistrates Court, are:

  • One charge contrary to section 21(1) and (2)(a) in that it failed to provide and maintain safe systems of work.
  • One charge contrary to section 23(1) in that it failed to ensure persons other than employees were not exposed to risks to health and safety.

WorkSafe understands the significant public interest in the details surrounding this matter. However, as it is now before the Court, it would be inappropriate to make any further comment at this time.

Crane collapse
Crane collapse.