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Crane causes not so good vibrations for Good Guys

WorkSafe Victoria said the truck’s wheels were lifted several metres off the ground as the lifting boom crashed onto the side of the building at 9.20am yesterday, leaving the vehicle suspended in midair.The safety watchdog said no one was hurt in the incident. CIN understands the machine was possibly an early-model Liebherr all terrain crane, around 70 tonnes in size. Our sources tell us that because it appears that nothing broke and the machine was standing on hard ground, the accident was caused simply as a result of the crane lifting beyond its chart. WorkSafe said inappropriately loaded or used cranes were involved in a number of serious incidents each year. It said soft ground, overloading and over-extension of the lifting boom were common causes of cranes tipping over.In October last year, a crane driver was crushed and killed at Northcote when the truck tipped sidewards as he unloaded steel from a truck at a building site.

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