Tradie’s dangerous stunt at work site sparks alarm: ‘Heads will roll’

The move involving a crane has sparked concern among those in the construction industry.

A dangerous stunt at a worksite has left Aussies stunned. Source: Tiktok
A dangerous stunt at a worksite has left Aussies stunned. Source: Tiktok

A video has shone a light on a dangerous worksite practice after a tradie was caught in a dangerous move that has raised eyebrows in one Aussie city.

The incident, captured in a 27-second clip, shows a construction worker appearing to ride the hook of a crane as it lifts a tree from a building. The footage, posted to social media on Thursday, was taken on Mill Point Road in South Perth, WA from an onlooker inside a car.

“You’re kidding me,” the man says over the clip in disbelief as the worker hangs on to the hook while he is brought back to the ground. “Bro,” he adds. “No f***ing way.”

Sharing the footage on social media, one Aussie asks if this behaviour is ‘normal’ in the industry. “I freely admit to having no idea about this sort of work but surely this can't be safe?” the person asks.

Those in the industry are quick to highlight that the move is incredibly dangerous and could lead to a loss of license. “I'm a rigger and I can comfortably confirm that this is indeed not normal,” one commenter responded, adding: “Heads will roll over this”

“Someone’s losing their ticket,” said another, suggesting that workers may lose their license following the incident.

“Not normal in Perth, been in construction for 15 years and never seen it,” added a third.

According to Worksafe Australia, operating cranes is “complex and dangerous” with injuries and deaths from work involving cranes every year.

“With any crane, you have work health and safety (WHS) duties and must identify and manage risks,” the industry safety body says on their website.

City of South Perth, the Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, as well as WorkSafe WA, did not respond to requests from Yahoo News Australia for comment by the time of publication.