Crane hits power line at Vancouver worksite

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by Jean Sorensen last update:Aug 28, 2014

BY JEAN SORENSEN - A crane operator escaped serious injury after being rescued by the Vancouver fire department at the MC2 housing development at SW Marine Drive and Cambie Street on May 6.

The residential project is a long narrow development along the east side of Cambie in South Vancouver.

Moira Scott, media relations for BC Hydro, said crews received a call that chains dangling from the end of a crane hit a power line at 9 a.m.

“Our crews went out and powered down the lines,” she said.

Once the lines were no longer active, the crane operator was removed.

“I understand that the fire department, as well as WorkSafeBC, were on site but it was the fire department that pulled out the fellow,” she said.

She added that crews indicated that the crane operator was uninjured. Power to 1,100 homes in the area was restored by 12:30 p.m.

Don Forsgen, president of Intracorp, the site developer, said two cranes were working on site at the time.

“We were happy to hear that the operator and no one (else) was injured,” he said, adding that work resumed when power was restored.

“They did cancel a concrete delivery because they wanted to reduce the traffic at the site,” he said.

Project manager Gino Matino with Axiom Builders, the general contractor, said the crane hit the high-voltage wires on the alley side of the development, but the operator was uninjured and climbed down on his own, escorted by the fire department. The crane, owned by Whitewater Concrete, was out of commission the next day, pending an inspection and WorkSafeBC investigation.

“We are currently investigating what happened,” Matino said.

Media spokesperson Meghan Johnston said WorkSafeBC was investigating to determine how the incident involving the Pecco SK 280-16 crane occurred.

“The powerline was flagged,” she confirmed.

last update:Aug 28, 2014

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