Crane removal in progress


The removal of a large crane from the Manning Hospital construction site is in progress.

Workers for construction company AW Edwards spent the day surveying the scene of a large crane that collapsed onto the Manning Hospital development site on May 4.

A SafeWork NSW spokesperson said an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

A spokesperson from the NSW government’s Health Infrastructure said that attempts to remove the crane were not made until SafeWork NSW was satisfied that a safe method of removal was in place and approved by the regulator.

It is understood that a projected July finish for the Manning Hospital project remains unchanged despite the incident.

A man in his 40s was transported to Manning Hospital after falling from the crane.

The crane was alleged to have fallen backwards into the Manning Hospital construction site at about 7.40am on May 4, causing the man to be thrown from the crane’s cab and plummet about four metres to the ground.

The man sustained a fracture to his right leg and remains in a stable condition.

Aerial photos provided by Phil Davies show damage to fencing, scaffolding and concrete on one side of the site.

Concrete sheets, wooden planks and steel bars can be seen to have been damaged after the crane’s arm collapsed on the top of the structure.

The accident has been a popular attraction as motorists, pedestrians and construction workers alike have spent the past day taking photos and observing the site.

A new multi-level car park for Manning Hospital is being constructed at the site.