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Concrete boom collapse at the Kingston Foreshore

By johnboy 21 July 2012 26

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Three workers have been injured in an accident on a work site in Kingston this morning.

The ACT Ambulance Service and ACT Fire & Rescue were called to Dockside, Eastlake Parade were a concrete boom had collapsed.

Firefighters have rescued one of the men who was trapped under the boom.

Update to follow.

10:02am Saturday 21 July 2012

Intensive care paramedics have treated three patients on scene.

All are currently being transported to The Canberra Hospital, one in a serious condition the other two with minor injuries.

10:12am Saturday 21 July 2012


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[Words Courtesy ESA, Picture from a reader]


UPDATE 21/08/12: 14:21: The police are now asking for witnesses following the death of one of the workers:

ACT Policing is investigating a workplace incident at Kingston Foreshore this morning (Saturday July 21) killing a man in his early 20s.

At about 9.44am police were called to a construction site where a concrete pourer had collapsed injuring three workers.

ACT Ambulance arrived at the scene and tried to resuscitate the man without success. The two injured workers have been transported to The Canberra Hospital for treatment.

ACT Policing are preparing a brief for the Coroner with the assistance of Work Safe ACT.

Anyone who is yet to speak to police and witnessed the incident is asked to call police on 131 444.

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cranky 7:10 pm 13 Jun 13

Today was scheduled as the start of the inquest into Ben’s death. This followed a directions hearing about 6 weeks ago.

Nothing on the local news.

Interesting that legal representatives of the pump’s manufacturer from both Australia and US were present at the directions hearing.

Do we have to attend these court sessions to hear the facts, or does the media still report on them?

cranky 6:46 pm 22 Jul 12

Reading the various reports, I would suggest that this ‘well maintained’ concrete pump was not as expected.

Yes, it had recently been inspected. But there appears to be something wrong with the fasteners that held the gantry to the chassis.

New bolts incorrectly torqued? Old bolts re-used? New bolts of inferior quality?

The inspection was not apparently made locally. The certification was apparently made in Sydney, So a f**kup somewhere else has probably caused a local death.

Which means the local inspectors/OHS people and site personnel are in no way to blame for this death. This could not have been anticipated, or prevented.

Again, my condolences to the famies.

wildturkeycanoe 1:04 pm 22 Jul 12

I am surprised that some people here think it is not normal for construction sites to be open on weekends. Also, the assumption that safety takes a day off on Saturday is just nonsense.
Due to the unrealistic deadlines to get these projects completed, 7 days a week is the only way to avoid hefty fines known as liquidated damages. Sometimes it is all the safety red tape that slows down a project to the point where everyone panics towards the end and starts to neglect filling out paperwork, doing inspections, having several hour long meetings to discuss the same issues over and over again. From personal experience, when the completion date is only days away, even the safety officers begin to overlook things because time is money and money is wasted on ridiculously over complicated procedures. There is common sense safety and then there is OH & S, worlds apart in my opinion. Anyone here who would like to start pointing blame at different tiers of the organizations involved should spend a couple of hours in the middle of a construction site and see for themselves how ridiculously difficult it is to even step foot onto the deck of a concrete pour.
No doubt this project will be shut down pending full inquiry, adding to the delays already faced by everyone involved. As soon as it’s open again, everyone will be double timing to catch up. More weekend work and extra hours for everyone.

Pork Hunt 1:03 pm 22 Jul 12

HenryBG said :

I-filed said :

screaming banshee said :

gooterz said :

Lots of people are responsible for safety if people are seriously hurt then someone is to blame.

It is entirely possible to experience an unforeseen mechanical/structural failure, despite having the most rigorous of engineering, safety inspections, and maintenance in place.

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Are you a Katie Gallagher adviser by any chance? AS IF it isn’t possible to secure a concrete pour so equipment won’t kill a worker. Sheesh!

In fact, safety procedures should be such that no accident can occur without multiple simultaneous failures occurring.

I have done a couple of OH&S type courses both in the military and construction and it has been shown that every accident has a chain of events leading up to it. Removing a link or links from the chain will decrease or eliminate the accident.
The trouble is seeing the links click into place BEFORE the accident..

HenryBG 12:07 pm 22 Jul 12

I-filed said :

screaming banshee said :

gooterz said :

Lots of people are responsible for safety if people are seriously hurt then someone is to blame.

It is entirely possible to experience an unforeseen mechanical/structural failure, despite having the most rigorous of engineering, safety inspections, and maintenance in place.

.

Are you a Katie Gallagher adviser by any chance? AS IF it isn’t possible to secure a concrete pour so equipment won’t kill a worker. Sheesh!

In fact, safety procedures should be such that no accident can occur without multiple simultaneous failures occurring.

I-filed 11:51 am 22 Jul 12

screaming banshee said :

gooterz said :

Lots of people are responsible for safety if people are seriously hurt then someone is to blame.

It is entirely possible to experience an unforeseen mechanical/structural failure, despite having the most rigorous of engineering, safety inspections, and maintenance in place.

.

Are you a Katie Gallagher adviser by any chance? AS IF it isn’t possible to secure a concrete pour so equipment won’t kill a worker. Sheesh!

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