Crane Accidents

Investigation Launched Into Husky Stadium Roof Demolition


Seattle, Washington

The state Department of Labor and Industries is launching an investigation after a crane was badly damaged during the demolition of the roof at Husky Stadium Tuesday.

Video posted on YouTube of the demolition shows a large crane nearby undergoing strong shaking as the roof tumbled on to the upper deck.

Someone forwarded the video to L&I and department spokesperson Hector Castro said they immediately began an investigation into Ness Crane, the company who operated the crane.

The cranes were not designed to handle that much stress, Castro said, and the crane suffered so much damage it had to be removed.

No one was injured during the demolition.

The spokesperson said the investigation may also spread to the engineering firm and general contractor.

“The L&I investigation will include an examination of the procedures used to perform the demolition,” Castro said. “If we find problems with those procedures, we could require the contractors to revise them before continuing with the project.”

The demolition is part of a $250 million dollar project to modernize and expand the stadium in time for the 2013 season.

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