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Crane falls on a five-story building under construction in Winchester

rt crane falls in winchester

A crane fell Tuesday morning (9th August 2022) onto a five-story apartment building under construction in Winchester, according to authorities.

Winchester Police Chief Daniel J. O’Connell said via email that the fall was reported shortly after 9 a.m.

O’Connell said a crane “tipped over into building on the worksite of Wainwright Road and Cambridge Street. Police and Fire responded as did OSHA. We do not have a completed report yet but nobody was hurt. Looks like the operator of the crane forgot to engage the outriggers.”

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Crane falls on a five-story building under construction in Winchester, and no injuries were reported.

Ted Fitzgerald, an OSHA spokesman, confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the federal agency was “on-site at the Winchester incident and investigating.”

Winchester Fire Chief Rick Tustin said in a separate email message that the cause of the crane fall remains under investigation.

“At approximately 9:06 a.m. we dispatched an engine and ladder company for a report of a crane that had tipped over into a structure under construction,” Tustin wrote. “There were no reported injuries and all personnel were accounted for upon our arrival. … A structural engineer was also requested. The scene has been made safe and a plan is being formulated to remove the crane.”

Wainwright Road was still closed as of 7:30 p.m., according to a police dispatcher.

The Grove RT with a fixed jib falls over the building.

Tuesday’s accident follows an incident in Dorchester on July 26 when a truck-mounted crane collapsed on its right side at a construction site at the intersection of East Cottage Street and Dorchester Avenue.

That crane was deployed at the construction of a five-story building that’s part of a mixed-use development expected to generate 38 residential units, 26 parking spaces, and restaurant space on the ground level, according to the Boston Planning and Development Agency postings.

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