Crane falls close to power station

A CRANE at the Esperance Power Station was involved in an accident last Monday.

A spokesperson for Worksafe WA said that the crane was being operated on Monday morning at about 9am when it tipped onto its side.

The crane operator was not injured when the crane fell close to the electricity-producing turbines at the power station.

“As the crane was less than a 10 tonne capacity, Worksafe is not investigating as such but an independent crane inspector is in the process of inspecting the machine in order to assess whether it can be put back into service,” a Worksafe WA spokesperson said.

“The inspector will also speak to the operator of the crane at the time of the incident to determine if any additional training is necessary.”

“It is thought that the 80 metre boom was extended and a strong gust of wind may have contributed to the incident,” the spokesperson said.

However a person who claims to have witnessed the accident and who has asked not to be named has said that the crane toppled because it was driven with the boom fully extended.

Worleyparsons and Solar Turbines both declined to comment.

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