Safety Alert: Dropped Cargo – high potential near miss
A Harbour Mobile Crane was in position to begin a discharge of a bulk Maize vessel and the associated Hopper was in the process of being set up in position.
The Crane Operator took a grab of maize from the vessel and suspended the full grab near the Hopper for a period of around 15-20 mins whilst the Hopper set up was completed. The Operator began to slew towards the vessel whilst opening the grab, having forgotten that a full grab had previously been taken from the hold, and once the cargo began to fall the Operator immediately closed the grab. However approximately 10 Tons of Maize had already fallen from a height of around nineteen meters damaging the Hopper outrigger. No injuries were sustained; however, two workers were operating within the immediate vicinity of the dropped cargo.
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