Crane Collapse Injures Construction Worker

By: Natalie Pallone Email
By: Natalie Pallone Email

One man is sent to the hospital after a crane comes crashing down Friday morning.

Photo shop owner Dave Snapp was inside his 5th Avenue business when he heard a loud bang and felt the ground shake. What Snapp heard and felt was a boom collapsing and crushing his car. While his car will need repairs, he says he's just thankful it wasn't his shop.

Construction workers were using the crane on the city's new parking garage. Witnesses say K and K Construction worker Arturo Carrola–Andrade was working on a riser when the boom came down. The boom didn't hit him but it did cause him to fall. Andrade was taken to St. Mary's Hospital and is listed in fair condition.

City Spokesperson Kristin Winn says it's very unlikely for a crane of this type to fail.

OSHA is expected to arrive on Monday to investigate the accident.
In the meantime the Grand Junction Police Department will have an officer keeping an eye on the scene.

Construction on the $6 million garage will be halted until OSHA completes its investigation and a new crane can be brought in.

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