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Crane collapses in downtown Toronto again, no serious injuries reported

August 7, 2020   by Adam Malik

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TORONTO – The mayor of Toronto is calling for a speedy investigation into the cause of a crane collapse in the city’s downtown — the second such incident in less than a month.

Toronto Mayor John Tory says that while he’s thankful nobody was seriously injured in either incident, it’s important that investigators get to the bottom of why the cranes collapsed.

Police have said Thursday’s incident happened at about 10:30 a.m., when a crane fell into an intersection.

The earlier collapse was on July 16, when a crane fell into a building in the city’s financial district.

Officials have said nobody was injured in that case either.

Tory says he’s encouraging the construction industry to “take all precautions possible” to keep their sites safe, and is pushing for the province’s Ministry of Labour to send instructions to the industry “as soon as possible.”

“This is the second crane collapse in our city in less than a month and so we will want to know what exactly happened in both cases and how it can be prevented,” he said in a written statement.


Feature image: A construction crane boom arm rests on an office building after falling in downtown Toronto on Thursday, July 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

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1 Comment » for Crane collapses in downtown Toronto again, no serious injuries reported
  1. Jörg Albrecht says:

    Yet another example of preventable loss. The structural integrity of cranes is often based on nothing more than “engineered guesses”. Thus, such, failures due to technical negligence by many Parties should be excluded from CAR policies.

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