Update on investigation into crane collapse


2021-07-13 11:59 PDT

File # 2021-43951

On July 12, 2021 just before 11:00 a.m., Kelowna RCMP responded with BC Emergency Health Services, and the Kelowna Fire Department to a building in the 1400-block of St. Paul Street in Kelowna where a large construction crane had collapsed.

Due to the damage to several buildings, and the danger posed by the partially collapsed crane, a large area of the downtown core of Kelowna was closed and the surrounding area was evacuated. The evacuation will remain in effect until the area has been determined to be safe.

At this time, we can confirm that four people have died as a result of this incident, states Inspector Adam MacIntosh of the Kelowna RCMP. All four were men who were working at the site when the crane collapsed. Their bodies have been recovered and their families have been notified.

One man was transported to hospital for treatment of what are believed to be non life-threatening injuries.

A fifth man, who was working in an adjacent building, is missing and believed to be buried under the rubble. Efforts are continuing today to locate this victim.

Due to the privacy of the victims, no further information will be released regarding their identities.
WorkSafeBC, the BC Coroners Service and the Kelowna RCMP are conducting concurrent investigations into this incident.

The BC Coroners Service is investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths, while the Kelowna RCMP Serious Crime Unit is investigating to determine if criminality was involved in this matter.

The purpose of a WorkSafeBC investigation is to identify the cause of the incident, including any contributing factors, so that similar incidents can be prevented from happening in the future. More details are available in this media backgrounder.

If you witnessed this incident, have not yet spoken to police, or have any information about this incident, you are urged to call the Kelowna RCMP Serious Crime Unit at 250-762-3300.

Previous media release (July 12 2021)

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Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy

Media Relations Officer
Kelowna RCMP
1190 Richter St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2K7
Office: 250-470-6361
Cell: 250-212-2249

Email: Kelowna_Media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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