Communication has seen us through recent months, but it’s also what keeps us safe when navigating suspended slabs and underground carparks. The Crane Association of New Zealand’s Past President, Scott McLeod, reminds us of the importance of protocol in this month's The Technical Corner.
Scott McLeod recalls reading a news item detailing how a nine-day-old, 250-ton Liebherr crane fell through the first floor of a building, and he can reel off dozens more accounts of similar events, many of which come down to an innocent mistake or those that, even now, dodge protocol.
“In Mount Maunganui there's a building called the Twin Towers, which has an extensive underground car park with retaining walls that go right to the footpath. On this site there is an area where you can cause minimal disruption to the public, but little do you know that the spot is completely suspended and is not built for the pressures of a crane.”
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