In SafeWork NSW v Titan Cranes and Rigging Pty Ltd [2019] NSWDC714, an incident from September 2016 was pursued by SafeWork NSW within the District Court of New South Wales.

A rigging crew performed a toolbox talk and discussed the process for dismantling a J-280 tower crane. Shortly after commencing work, an error in dismantling the tower crane resulted in the crane jib collapsing onto the edge of the North Sydney building, with the jib dangling 60m above the ground below. Three workers were connected to the jib on a static line with harnesses and lanyards as the crane collapsed. One worker was able to unclip their harness, recover their colleagues and climb through the dangling jib to safety. The workers received a range of injuries including multiple fractures, spinal injuries, lung contusions and haematomas from the incident.

The employer pled guilty to a breach of duty under section 19(1) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW). Whilst the maximum fine was $1,500,000, a fine of $390,000 was imposed and costs of $42,000 awarded.

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