Company charged after crane collapse puts lives at risk

WorkSafe has charged a crane company after workers were exposed to the risk of serious injury or death on a Parkville construction site in July 2021.


Sergi Australia Pty Ltd is facing two charges under section 26(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to ensure that a workplace under its management and control was, so far as was reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health.

The charges relate to the collapse of a mobile crane supplied by the company after pendant ropes used to manipulate an attached luffing jib failed during a lift.

It is alleged the company failed to provide pendant ropes in a serviceable condition and replace pendant ropes that were no longer in a serviceable condition, and failed to maintain a system of work in which pendant ropes were periodically inspected by a competent person.

The matter is listed for a filing hearing at Melbourne Magistrates' Court on 13 July 2023.