The tower crane collapsed in downtown Kelowna, British Columbia on 12th July, killing five and injuring others at the job site.
Kelowna is located near Okanagan Lake, about 240 miles west of Vancouver and about 90 miles north of the Canada/U.S. border.
Evacuations were ordered in a 250-foot radius of the crane. As the crane collapsed, the jib and mast sections were strewn over several adjacent buildings, according to the news report. There were about 100 personnel working on the job site when the tower crane collapsed.
Here is one of the news sources reporting on the incident:
The incident is currently being investigated by several Canadian authorities.
The tower crane has been working on building a 25-storey residential condominium project under Mission Group and set to be completed in October this year. It has been reported that the tower crane belongs to another company, not by Mission Group themselves.
Canada Minister of Labour has issued a statement offering condolences to the families, friends and co-workers of the victims.
“All workers have the right to a safe and healthy workplace – even one injury or death is too many. This is a heartbreaking reminder that we must strive to ensure the safety of all workers to prevent incidents like this from happening.
I thank the emergency personnel and investigators now on scene. Agencies including WorkSafeBC, the BC Coroners Service and the RCMP are now investigating. We will have more to say as further details become available.”Harry Bains, Canada Minister of Labour
It has been known that the erectors were dismantling the tower crane when the top part of the tower crane collapsed.
Why Could Have Gone Wrong?
A Canadian Youtuber AvE has released a video to offer his views on why this accident happened.
Meanwhile, another Instagrammer has also expressed his views on the loss of fellows of his same trade.