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Machine failure behind most crane accidents

The most common cause of crane accidents is machine failure due to poor maintenance, a report by the National Crane Safety Taskforce said.

This is followed by the poor methods used in lifting operations, such as manoeuvring dangerously, and the poor use of lifting plans.

Released yesterday, the report looks into causes of crawler crane incidents, which accounted for 28 out of 57 crane incidents from 2011 to last year.

Taskforce chairman Mohamed Abdul Akbar said: "The common denomination of these factors are that they are mostly human-related."

The president of the Singapore Contractors Association, Dr Ho Nyok Yong, suggested that the construction and crane industries jointly develop a set of standards that requires specific information to be shared, so as to determine the type of crane to be used for different projects.