Speed a factor in Port Otago crash

The straddle carrier that toppled at Port Otago.
The straddle carrier that toppled at Port Otago.

Speed was a factor in a straddle carrier crash which seriously injured a Port Otago worker in July, a Worksafe NZ report says.

The worker, whose name was suppressed in the report, was travelling 8kmh above the recommended speed limit when turning a corner in the machine on July 1.

He suffered serious injuries but returned to work before Christmas.

The recommended speed limit for a straddle carrier when turning a corner was 12kmh, the report said.

The worker had been travelling at 20kmh at the time of the incident.

The worker was making a 180 degree turn to back the machine under a crane when it toppled over and landed on its left side.

The 26-year-old man was working on loading cargo onto the container ship Medinah at the time of the incident.

He started work at Port Otago in 2006 and became a full-time cargo handler in 2008 after completing a qualification in forklift and straddle driving, the report said.

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