Crane topples over on Kaohsiung City construction site

A mobile crane truck was left suspended in the air after the crane toppled over on a construction site in Kaohsiung City’s Xiaogang District this morning, but fortunately nobody was injured.

According to a preliminary investigation by the Kaohsiung City Labor Bureau, the crane toppled over at around 8:45 am due to the outrigger not being placed on firm ground.

Inspectors found that the operator had placed the outrigger on a drain cover, and the cover broke when the operator attempted to lift a heavy load with the crane boom extended.

A bureau spokesperson said that the operator of the crane had failed to lay iron plates and pad reinforcements on a place with insufficient load-bearing capacity.

The bureau stated that the employer had violated Article 6, Item 1 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The construction site was ordered to stop work and will be subject to a fine between NT$30,000 and NT$300,000.

crane collapse on construction site aerial view.
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