Crane search follows Southampton collapse

DP World Southampton's number six crane is believed to be the one which collapsed on Monday

The UK’ s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is investigating the collapse of a container crane at DP World Southampton on Monday which has left its operator in serious condition with crushed legs.

The twin boom crane toppled onto the container ship it was working without warning. All terminal activity was suspended as fire crews rushed to the scene and rescued the 33 year old crane operator, Jay Squibb, who was winched to safety by the Solent Coastguard helicopter and transferred to the quayside, from where an ambulance took him to hospital.

A spokesman for Dubai based DP World, which holds a 51% share in the terminal in a joint venture with Associated British Ports, said the crane collapsed during ‘the normal operation of loading cranes on to a vessel’. He added that following consultation with the HSE, operations resumed overnight with six quayside gantry cranes working.

Following the incident, the HSE is seeking information about the existence and whereabouts of any types of Morris cranes so that additional information can be made available to users on possible safety issues.

Last October, Port Skills & Safety (PSS), the UK industry’s organisation for health, safety, skills and standards, was asked by the HSE to request information from its members on Morris cranes. The response from the ports was good and supplemented the HSE’s existing list. PSS is now requesting an update, and any additional information on where there definitely are (or may be) Morris cranes in the UK. 

It has been suggested that there may be Morris cranes at Grangemouth and Liverpool. If there are, the HSE would appreciate any information. These could be completely different type of crane, not rail mounted gantry cranes, but would still be of interest to PSS.

Please email replies to: Christine.Barringer@hse.gsi.gov.uk or nigel@portskillsandsafety.co.uk 

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