Muskrat Falls crane topples, operator taken to hospital
Nalcor says Astaldi Canada is investigating; day shift was cancelled
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.