Amstetten Austria A crane operator was returning to work from having taken lunch. The operator tripped and lost control of the remote control to the crane. The crane apparently had a load on the hook. The control of the crane was knocked into hoisting down quickly. The load came down and struck another worker killing them.
A couple of things. If there was a load on the hook and this isn't a translation or reporter issue, then why is the operator not with the crane? We should never be leaving a load on the hook and walking away from the crane. Secondly, why is the remote activated if the remote is not attached to us? If the remote is not activated, it could fall anywhere and this won't be an issue. Third, was the control set up to auto zero. Most modern cranes cease to function when the controller is released. It's the standard that we have by law. I concede that it's possible for the remote to land on sometime which held the function on, we just want to be sure that our controls do auto zero and this is a prime example of why.
I see a series of question all that may have led to this accident occurring. The intent sounds like it was clearly an accident. I'm just thinking of the things that should have been in practice to prevent this.