SAFETY ALERT - LOSS OF LOAD FROM VEHICLE MOUNTED CRANE

    SAFETY ALERT – LOSS OF LOAD FROM VEHICLE MOUNTED CRANE

    A recent High Potential Near Miss has been reported when an External Haulier dropped a Triple Wacker Plate whilst lifting it using his Lorry Mounted Crane.

    The Investigation has identified that at some point, the proprietary D shackle permanently fitted to the Triple Wacker Plate was removed and replaced with another type of D shackle.

    The replacement shackle was non-compliant, not tightened and was not checked by the driver prior to lifting. During the lifting operation the bolt became free of the thread causing the D shackle to open and the Triple Wacker Plate to fall.


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    INVESTIGATION FINDINGS:

  • The D shackle fitted to the Triple Wacker Plate was not the correct shackle for this equipment.
  • The correct shackle for the Triple Wacker Plate should have a securing pin to prevent the Bolt/Nut becoming loose when the Wacker Plate is in use (as per image above)
  • The PHI and Thorough Examination report for the Triple Wacker Plate indicates that the correct shackle was in place at the time of delivery to the customer.
  • The Driver did not carry out a pre use visual inspection of the lifting equipment / accessories prior to load / unload.
  • The Driver did not carry out a test lift to check the security of the load being lifted

    ACTIONS REQUIRED:

  • Ensure that all lifting equipment including accessories is inspected prior to undertaking any lift.
  • Always undertake a test lift prior to the full lift commencing.
  • Always ensure there is a suitable exclusion zone in place.
  • Always ensure that RAMS are in place for the lift.
  • Always pay special attention to the suitability and condition of equipment at point of collection from the customer site.

If you are in doubt, do not proceed with the lift. Contact your line manager for support.



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