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Muskrat Falls crane topples, sending operator to hospital

A fallen crane at the Muskrat Falls construction site. —
A photo sent to The Telegram of the crane toppled at the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project main construction site today. — Submitted photo

Nalcor says Astaldi Canada is investigating; day shift cancelled

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

A photo obtained by The Telegram shows a crane toppled at the site. One man, the crane operator, was sent 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 crane fall, in conjunction with Nalcor.

The suspension of the Astaldi day shift was described as a proactive 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 on the crane accident by way of its dedicated accident line at 4:40 a.m.

Two provincial OHS 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 rep.

NOTE: Updated to include information from Service NL.

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