Crane Falls on Rhode Island School under Construction

October 2, 2008

A crane that fell on a school under construction in Woonsocket, Rhode Island has damaged the building, but caused no injuries.

An operator was warming up the crane Monday morning when its boom fell forward onto exposed steel beams. A spokesman for Gilbane Building Company said no one else was in the structure.

The spokesman said the 290,000 square-foot project is large enough that work can continue on other parts of the building while the few damaged beams are replaced.

OSHA investigators were at the site Monday after the accident.

The building project for a new middle school began in April and is slated to be finished at the end of 2009.

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