A tower crane accident yesterday in Western Australia at the Worsley Alumina Refinery, one of the world’s largest and most efficient plants, is reported to have caused millions of dollars of damage or disruption.
The Favelle Favco heavy duty luffing tower crane, owned by by Marr's Contracting was apparently working for specialist contractor John Holland alongside a calciner –used to ‘cook’ the bauxite - at the plant when it dropped its jib during a load test.
Although over 800 people were working in the vicinity no accidents were reported.
Inspectors from the Mines Department arrived on the scene within hours to participate in the investigation of what went wrong, No further details are available.
The plant is a joint venture between BHP-Billiton, Japan Alumina Associates and Sojitz Alumina, incorporates a bauxite mine, an alumina refinery and port facilities.