September 11, 2013
Crane hits live wires in Kitsilano
Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services responded to an incident last week where a construction crane came in contact with live wires at West Broadway and Collingwood.
“When the crane contacted the wires, a bolt of energy travelled down the crane cable, causing some pallets to ignite on the ground. The fire is out, but the ground may still be energized,” said Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services spokesperson Gabe Roder.
“For precautionary measures, fire crews created a safety zone around the energized area and laid a hose line to prevent more fires.”
There were no injuries in the incident but traffic on West Broadway at Waterloo was temporarily halted for about one hour.
The fire department waited on the scene for BC Hydro to arrive and disconnect the power. WorkSafeBC prevention officers also attended the scene of the incident.
“We will be looking at compliance issues and writing orders,” said WorkSafeBC spokesperson Ally Skinner-Reynolds. “The employer will be conducting their own investigation according to our orders.”
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