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Wife of Kelowna crane victim sues for damages

June 16, 2023  By Don Horne

A woman whose husband was killed in a tragic downtown Kelowna crane collapse is taking three companies and five people to court.

Helen Furuya lost her husband’s “love, guidance, care, … and financial support” when he died in the collapse in July 2021, according to a notice of claim filed in BC Supreme Court.

Five men were killed July 12, 2021 when the crane at the Brooklyn apartment tower fell. Four were working at the construction site, but Furuya’s husband, Brad Zawislak, was buried under rubble in his office next door.

Stemmer Construction Ltd, out of Salmon Arm, was named as one of the defendants, but Furuya’s notice of claim includes two more unnamed companies, four unnamed men and a woman. Stemmer Construction owned the crane that collapsed and two of the owner’s sons were among the five men killed.


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