An incident occurred in the past week, apparently in Manchester, UK, when two cranes were up righting a telehandler that had overturned with most of its boom extended.
The method looked a little dodgy from the start but had almost been completed successfully when one set of lifting chains broke, dropping the machine back onto its side. We understand that no one was hurt in the incident.
The entire episode was captured on video, a copy of which we received on Monday. Over the next day or so we received further links to the video as it began to go viral. We therefore approached the rental company/owner of at least one of the cranes - Ainscough Crane Hire - which said that it was unable to comment. We assume therefore that the crane was supplied on basic crane hire terms, with the contractor organising the lift?
It now seems that the contractor has managed to shut down all information on the subject. We posted the footage in our video library yesterday, while waiting on more information. But given that nothing has been forthcoming we are running the story with the limited information. You can see the video by clicking here to go to our video library
This mentality of shutting down and suppressing an incident needs to change. A failure such as this offers tremendous opportunities for a company and others to learn from what happened. If this had been an aircraft incident - no matter how minor - the information would have already been widely shared and analysed.
Contractors associations talk about collaboration, safety first and a positive attitude, but with some of them it is simply lip service. Here is a site where a telehandler has obviously gone over, for whatever reason, and then another incident, that could so easily have been fatal, occurs during the recovery and all they think about is shutting out any publicity. The client ought to be worried.