Cranes resume operations at deadly Kelowna construction site | New



Two cranes are assembled this week at a construction site in downtown Kelowna where five workers were killed in July.

Mission Group, a Kelowna-based developer, says it has developed a plan for the “careful and diligent” assembly of the two new tower cranes along Bernard Avenue between Bertram Street and St. Paul Street.

The company hired Morwest Crane & Services Ltd., which it describes as one of the leading crane service companies in North America.

“The safety deployment plan includes complete procedures for the assembly and disassembly of the crane, including operator qualifications and safety training,” said a statement from Mission Group.

Assembly of the cranes was planned to ensure minimal impact on businesses in the neighborhood and region, Mission Group said.

Cranes are needed for the resumption of construction of a residential tower and an office building.

On July 12, part of a crane collapsed when it was dismantled at an adjacent Mission Group project, the Brooklyn skyscraper. Construction workers Cailen Vilness, Jared Zook, Eric Stemmer and Patrick Stemmer were killed, as was Brad Zawislak, who worked in a nearby office building.

An investigation into the tragedy is still ongoing by WorkSafeBC.

A petition on Change.org calls on the city of Kelowna to create a memorial park in honor of the men who were killed. As of Wednesday, it had 93 signatures.

Another petition on you.leadnow.ca calls on Mission Group to stop construction on both projects until a memorial is created. It has 631 signatures.


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