On-Site Magazine

Crane crashes into Thunder Bay courthouse


Construction Equipment Health & Safety

No one was injured after a 90-ton crane toppled into the new Thunder Bay courthouse early Monday morning.

According to a report from the CBC, workers were sent home and construction was shut down by 10 a.m. as the Ontario Ministry of Labour investigated.

One worker said he heard a couple of guys yelling and by the time he looked over the crane was already half way up in the air, about to flip.

“So I just turned around and started running to get out of there,” said David Bayko.


Two men who were making a delivery across the street from the courthouse around 8:30 a.m. also described what they saw that morning to the CBC.

“I guess it happened slow enough that they saw it happening so everyone just scattered like mice, but that would have been death for sure,” said Frank Zawadzki. “Never in my life have I seen something like that. That’s incredible.”

“I heard the guys yelling and I seen the tower starting to go and then it hit the building and it buckled over,” said Simon Barnard.

“It wasn’t until it hit the building, you heard the crash and then everybody is rushing out,” he said. “My first thought was: anybody hurt? And it doesn’t look like it so far, which is good.”


Stories continue below