A crane truck accident occurred on the light rail transit (LRT) construction site across from the airport in the Avenida Wai Long in Taipa Monday evening. No-one sustained injuries in the incident; the cause of the accident is still under investigation.
The accident occurred around 11:30 p.m. when a crawler crane truck suddenly tilted as it was transporting a RCD machine [reverse circulation driller] from one bridge pier to the next. According to the Transportation Infrastructure Office (GIT), no injuries were caused by the accident and the affected lanes of the avenue were gradually re-opened from 6 a.m.
The construction site is carrying out the foundation works of the LRT system’s viaduct piers with a license for night-time construction. The GIT has directed the construction and supervision units to submit an investigation report as soon as possible. Meanwhile, all lifting on the construction site has been suspended.
Swinging-type and tower-type mobile cranes are the most used lifting equipment on the construction site for transporting large-scale machinery or materials to specified locations effectively and efficiently. However, serious consequences including casualties and losses to property may be caused by inexperienced operation. Common accidents while operating mobile cranes include the crane tipping over on its side; breakage of the hoist boom or cable; the crane touching an overhead electric cable; dropping the suspended cargo or hitting nearby persons or objects.
“The GIT pays a high level of attention to construction safety. Every month the Office and the Labor Affairs Bureau (DSAL) will jointly organize seminars for construction units explaining the occupational health and safety requirements for various kinds of work,” stated a press release provided by the GIT. “The GIT and DSAL patrol each LRT construction site in Taipa to examine the construction site and safety measures in effect, and instruct each unit to examine the operation of their large-scale machinery.”
In order to prevent work-place accidents caused by improper operation of equipment, the Labor Affairs Bureau also reiterated in press release the safety guidelines applicable to swinging cranes used by construction contractors and workers.