Muskrat Falls crane top­ples, op­er­a­tor taken to hos­pi­tal

Nal­cor says Astaldi Canada is in­ves­ti­gat­ing; day shift was can­celled

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - News -

A fallen crane at the main Muskrat Falls con­struc­tion site shut down Astaldi Canada’s work on June 12, at least for the day shift.

A photo ob­tained by SaltWire Net­work shows a crane top­pled at the site. One man, the crane op­er­a­tor, was taken to hos­pi­tal.

“Our sub­con­trac­tor, Cap­i­tal Crane, was com­plet­ing work to dis­man­tle a crane. The crane that the op­er­a­tor was us­ing to dis­man­tle an­other crane tipped over on its side,” Astaldi Canada said in a state­ment.

“The op­er­a­tor was taken to the Labrador Health Cen­tre in Happy Val­ley-goose Bay for an as­sess­ment. At this time, the per­son’s in­jury is not clas­si­fied as se­ri­ous.”

Nal­cor also said no se­ri­ous in­juries were re­ported.

Astaldi has started an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent, in con­junc­tion with Nal­cor.

The sus­pen­sion of the Astaldi day shift was de­scribed as a step to en­sure the in­ci­dent is in­ves­ti­gated ap­pro­pri­ately.

“We will en­sure a full safety in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­pleted and that the con­trac­tor and its work­ers im­ple­ment all safety rec­om­men­da­tions that might be iden­ti­fied fol­low­ing this in­ci­dent,” stated Nal­cor En­ergy spokes­woman Karen O’Neill.

The Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety Di­vi­sion of Ser­vice NL re­ceived a re­port of the crane ac­ci­dent on its ded­i­cated ac­ci­dent line at 4:40 a.m.

Two pro­vin­cial Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety of­fi­cers were sent from Labrador West to the site to in­ves­ti­gate, while a third in St. John’s is also work­ing on the fol­low-up.

“Due to the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion we can­not com­ment fur­ther at this time,” stated a Ser­vice NL rep­re­sen­ta­tive.


A top­pled crane lies on its side June 12 at the Muskrat Falls hy­dro­elec­tric pro­ject site.

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