A crane operator died in Bahrain yesterday while trying to escape from his mobile crane as it tipped over. The accident occurred at the APM terminal at the Khalifa bin Salman Port.
The 34 year-old operator was employed by APM Terminals and was loading steel sheets on trucks at the port when the crane tipped over.
A spokesman for the ministry of Labour which is investigating the accident said: "When he started loading the sheets into the seventh trailer, the arm started to topple, tilting the rest of the crane with it We are still investigating the accident, but the initial reports suggest that the worker panicked and tried to jump out from the cab door as it was collapsing on its side".
"His head somehow got caught into something between the crane and the trailer and was crushed. After completing the probe, we will forward the case to the Public Prosecution,"
APM Terminals chief executive officer Steen Davidsen said: “The operator had three years' experience operating the crane and was a very loyal employee and we feel sorry for a great loss”
The photographs that we have been sent are not clear enough to learn much, although it looks as though this is another outrigger related accident. Either they have not been set properly or they have punched though the road surface?
ONe thnk is almost certain if the operator had stayed in his cab he may well have survived.