A worker has been fined $2,500 plus costs for failing to follow a safe work method statement (SWMS) when operating a crane.
The worker allowed his crane to make contact with overhead power lines at a Perth construction site.
He slewed the crane when he realised that riggers on an elevated platform were not ready to receive the load, which brought power lines down onto a public footpath. Thankfully no one was injured.
The worker was charged with failing to take reasonable care for the safety of others under the WA OSH Act S.20(1).
The court heard the worker had signed off on the SWMS for the job, which highlighted the presence of the overhead power lines, and therefore should have been aware of the hazards on the site.
Sample SWM Form
There are prescribed safety precautions to be observed when operating near overhead power lines and the crane operator breached the no go zone and did not have a safety observer to guide safe movement of the crane when in proximity to power lines.