Companies charged following crane death

WorkSafe has charged a North Melbourne construction company and a Thomastown crane hire company following the death of a worker crushed by a concrete kibble at a building site in Box Hill.


A 48 year-old man was killed and a man in his 20s was seriously injured when a kibble laden with concrete fell from a crane on 6 September 2018.

Alliance CG has been charged with two offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to provide a safe working environment.

It is alleged the company’s failure to provide a system of work that ensured employees did not work under suspended loads was a breach of section 21 (1) and 21(2) (a).

It is further alleged Alliance CG’s failure to provide documented information, instruction or supervision to ensure workers followed a safe system of work was a breach of section 26.

Clark Cranes has been charged with three offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

It is alleged the company failed to ensure a split pin was safely inserted in the hoist rope in breach of section 23.

Clark Cranes is also accused of failing to ensure the crane was supplied and installed in a manner where its use would be safe and without risks, in breach of section 30(1)(a) and 31(1).

The matter is listed for a filing hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on 18 December 2019.