Back in 2013, a near tragedy unfolded after a crane carrying an 85-tonne load collapsed at a Karara mine site in Western Australia and narrowly missed workers as it plummeted five storeys to the ground.

According to media reports, the crane should have been designed to carry loads greater than 80 tonnes and was being tested at 110 per cent capacity when the structure folded in half. According to a report in The West Australian, the incident was a legal first in that the crane’s…