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UPDATE: Mechanical failure caused Toronto crane collapse, reports Daniels

UPDATE: Mechanical failure caused Toronto crane collapse, reports Daniels
MARG EDWARDS — Toronto Police have reported an incident of a stationary crane falling into the intersection of River Street and Dundas Street in east Toronto. The Ministry of Labour has been called in to investigate and minor injuries were reported.

TORONTO — Toronto Police have reported an incident of a stationary crane falling into the intersection of River Street and Dundas Street East in Toronto.

A police spokesperson said the incident happened at 10:20 a.m. this morning (Aug. 6).

Toronto Paramedic Services are on the scene and have reported that two people have been treated for minor injuries that will not require hospitalization. Toronto Police said the injuries were to a man and a woman, with Toronto Fire Service Platoon Chief Dan Sell on the scene describing the man as “stressed out by the near-miss.”

A statement from The Daniels Corporation indicated the incident occurred at a Daniels site at the northwest corner of Dundas and River Streets when a mechanical failure led to a partial collapse of a crane.

The crane was not in operation at the time and there was no operator on board.

Construction at the site has been temporarily suspended, said Daniels, and the firm is fully co-operating with investigators. Daniels has also initiated its own internal investigation.

“The ongoing health and safety of everyone on all of our construction sites and in the communities in which we build remains our highest priority,” stated Sam Tassone, Daniels vice-president.

The paramedic service is requesting citizens stay away from the area.  

The roads in the area have been closed and the Ministry of Labour has been contacted to inspect the scene.

Sell said that power in the area will likely be out for the rest of the day.

This is the second crane collapse in less than a month. A large crane from a PCL Constructors construction site at 160 Front St. near Simcoe and Wellington in downtown Toronto hit an adjacent building July 16.

 

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