Safety & Risk Management
Kelowna crane collapse investigation continues, but nearing an end
March 28, 2023 By castanet
WorkSafeBC’s investigation into the tragic collapse of a crane in Kelowna’s downtown core continues one year and eight months later.
WorkSafeBC, the B.C. Coroners Service and the RCMP all began independent, parallel investigations into what led to the fatal collapse. In an email to Castanet, WorkSafeBC confirms they are in the final stages of the investigation, although at the one year memorial, WorkSafeBC also said their investigation was nearing the end.
Four young construction workers – Cailen Vilness, Jared Zook, and Patrick and Eric Stemmer – were killed on July 12, 2021 when they were taking down a large tower crane at the Mission Group’s Bernard Block project. In the collapse, the crane boom struck another adjacent building, killing Brad Zawislak who was inside.
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