A crane, hit by sudden gusts of wind, broke four windows near the top of the 27-storey La Laurentienne building, near the corner of René-Lévesque Blvd. W. and Stanley St. Sunday morning.
Although the crane had been locked in place to resist the wind, the extreme gusts blew the boom against the windows, sending broken glass into the street below, Montreal fire department operations chief Francis Leduc said.
“The company was probably not expecting winds like that,” Leduc said. When the incident was reported to his department at 8:15 a.m., he said, the wind speed was reaching 70 km/h, but the force was probably increased by the wind-tunnel corridor effect created by the buildings in the area.
The machine, with a weight estimated at 600 tons by a crane operator on the site, is owned by Mammoet. The company complied with the fire department’s order to retract the boom and lower the crane, averting further danger, Leduc said.
“We erected a large perimeter to secure the area,” he said. The surrounding streets were reopened to traffic shortly after 11 a.m.
Category: Accident Report