Monday, February 12, 2007

Coroner calls for crane recall

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A Tasmanian coroner wants a type of crane recalled after a man was killed in a workplace accident at Margate more than two years ago.

Ian Matterson today released his findings into the death of 44-year-old Keith Mitchell in 2003.

Mr Mitchell and two others were working with crane hire company Elliott Brothers in September 2003.

They were moving a boat onto a trailer when the crane toppled.

The boom hit Mr Mitchell, killing him.

An inquest into Mr Mitchell's death heard that the Linmac crane had not been fitted with the necessary charts and instruments.

That prevented the rigger and crane operator from deciding how safe the lift was.

Mr Matterson said the lack of basic instruments was an issue that should have been addressed by Elliott Brothers.

Mr Matterson recommended that type of crane be recalled and fitted with the appropriate instruments.

He has also recommended Standards Australia be approached to ensure the equipment is mandatory.

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