Heavy lift failure at Browse Basin gas project

Northern Territory Worksafe are investigating a lifting
accident at the INPEX Browse Basin construction project at Blaydin Point.

Heavy lift contractor Mammoet was performing a dual crane
lift of a 60 tonne heating stack when the load dropped 40 metres to the ground.

No one was injured, however Nine News
that management for contractor
JKC tried to keep the accident “under wraps” after they received a leaked daily
safety document which stated there was to be no photography of the site, which
would “be enforced”.

INPEX said the exhaust stack fell “a short distance” and
that NT Worksafe were investigating the incident.

Rumours on Facebook say the lifting lugs broke off, an occurrence
which would suggest poor workmanship in fabrication and failure to conduct thorough inspections of the lift.

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