Canada State of local emergency lifted after fatal crane collapse in Kelowna, B.C.
Multiple people dead after construction crane collapses in Kelowna, B.C.
KELOWNA, B.C. — The head of a development company building a 25-storey residential tower says there were "multiple" fatalities after a crane collapsed in Kelowna, B.C., on Monday. Jonathan Friesen of the Mission Group said he didn't know what caused the crane to fall and that workers who died were subtrades on the building. "They were on our site and as a result of their work they did lose their lives," Friesen told a news conference Monday. "Our corporate priority is, of course, for the safety of all of our workers and we want them to go home at the end of the day, healthy and safe. And that did not happen today.
KELOWNA, B.C. — An evacuation order has been lifted in an area around the British Columbia construction site where five people died after a crane collapsed.
Central Okanagan Emergency Operations says the collapsed crane in downtown Kelowna has been disassembled and removed, just over a week after its arm toppled from above a 25-storey residential tower under construction.
The emergency centre says in a statement that power and gas have mostly been restored since the collapse knocked out the utilities, except for gas at a "physically impacted" building that remains closed for a structural survey by the owner.
Four dead, one missing in rubble after collapse of crane in Kelowna, B.C.
KELOWNA, B.C. — Four workers were killed and a fifth man is missing in rubble after a crane collapsed at a construction site in Kelowna, B.C., the RCMP said Tuesday. Insp. Adam MacIntosh told a news conference that four men, all workers at the construction site, were killed when the upper portion of the crane toppled from the 25-storey residential tower and smashed into a neighbouring building on Monday. The missing man, who is presumed dead, was working in that building and police are hoping to recover his body from the rubble later on Tuesday, MacIntosh said. Police said another man was taken to hospital with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.
While the evacuation order and the state of local emergency declared by the city have been lifted, residents of one other building are being asked to wait to return home until Thursday to allow more time for restoration work.
Video: ‘Multiple’ deaths after crane collapse in Kelowna, B.C. (cbc.ca)
The crane was being dismantled when it collapsed, killing four workers while a fifth man died when it crushed a neighbouring building where he was working.
The BC Coroners Service, RCMP and WorkSafeBC, the provincial safety agency for workers, are each conducting investigations into the deaths.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 21, 2021.
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