Man critical following crane accident

| 29/07/2012

028 (531x800).jpg(CNS): A crane operator has been critically injured after the machine he was operating flipped over in George Town this morning. Police said the incident occurred at around 11:35 am Sunday, outside the  First Caribbean Bank in Sheddon Road in the heart of the capital's downtown area. The 27 year old man who was trapped inside the bucket of the crane was transported to George Town Hospital. The injured man was carrying out work on the bank in the crane when it apparently flipped over, throwing thim to the ground and bringing down CUC power lines. Emergency services and CUC attended the scene in the wake of the accident and officials said roads are currently blocked from Dr Roys Drive/Shedden Road while repairs are being undertaken by CUC which is working to restore power to affected customers by 9pm. (Photo Tim Dailey)

The repairs are expected to take several hours and motorists are asked to take alternative routes until the work is complete.

CUC Customers along Shedden Road, Dr. Roy’s Drive, the Citrus Grove Building, including the Police Station and the Post Office are currently without power as a result of the accident as two poles have been broken. The powere company said it anticipates being able to restore power before nine o'clock this evening

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Any Contractor that is required to do such dangerous work, should be required by law to before the job starts, have a JSA (Job Safety Analysis) completed by both the contractor's safety manager and the Govt. Department of Labour

    • Anonymous says:

      What about the firms renting these units. Should they not be trained as well and prove that they have the staff on board that are capable of instructing in the specific operation of any given crane?

      Folks we are taking these matters too lightly, and all in the name of the almightly dollar. This is an example as to why we need government regulation ie to protect the public.

      Cayman has developed too fast without the necessary practices being instituted for the safety of our people and those that come to our shores.

    • Anonymous says:

      Absolutely right, in the UK it's called a Risk Assessment and is mandatory. The problem with the Cayman Islands is, despite promises, no proper legislation.

      Under UK laws employers who break health and safety regulations face up to two years jail time plus an unlimited fine and could also face manslaughter charges following any death at their workplace or site.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hope all are OK.

    Lesson here,

    a group 4 license allows people here to drive equipment they

    have no training on.

    One can get a G4 in a 25 seater bus and next day

    go and drive a 50ft. flat bed with a crane on it without having a clue of the dangers

    putting himself and all road users in serious danger. 

    Time to stop this nonsence and create a specialist category with proper training

    that includes all safety aspects.

  3. Anonymous says:

    For expert speculation of what caused the tipover, see the following (hope the young gentleman will be ok)

    http://www.vertikal.net/en/news/story/15412/

  4. Devil's Advocate says:

      Please note that this was NOT a Crane, but a 'Man-lift'. Theses are two completely different types of machinery.

     Also, in almost every country that I know of, to use and / or operate one of these machines, one must first be Trained and Certified.

      Not so in the Cayman Islands, hence why we've had at least three serious (3) accidents involving this SAME type of equipment in as many years.

     

    • Anonymous says:

      I always pass and watch this same type of crane/lift working at the same site and said this is accident waiting to happen,, common sense if you working on on uneven surface may it be dump truck or anyother machine that lift and no support on the side then it will be a matter of time before an accident will happen, Wish the operator a speedy recovery,