Crane Removal  – Government of Nova Scotia Update – October 14, 2019

The cutting and dismantling of the crane started on Sunday.

Crews removed several sections of the crane over the weekend, including the front jib and counterweight jib from the building today.  The top portion of the front boom was also taken off the Olympus building. On Sunday, the catwalk was cut and removed from the boom.

As a result of the work completed this weekend, the evacuation order has been lifted for two buildings: 5690 Spring Garden Rd. and 1491 South Park St. Residents can reoccupy these buildings immediately. All other evacuation orders remain in place at this time.

Photos of the work undertaken over the weekend are included in the links below:

Over the next several days, the heavy-lift cranes will be repositioned to prepare for cutting up and removing the main tower.  Supports will be put in place around the fallen crane’s tower and necessary preparation work completed to ensure the safety of the workers and others in the area. The removal of the tower is scheduled to begin Saturday, Oct. 19, weather permitting.

With removal work underway, we hope to share with you this week an estimated timeline when you can return to your homes and businesses. We know this continues to be difficult for everyone impacted by this incident.

As always, timelines may change due to unexpected circumstances. For example, after the catwalk was removed Sunday, work began to weld the crane’s turntable. This work took longer and was more difficult than anticipated, meaning the front jib couldn’t’ be cut until this morning.

Crews are working carefully to keep the crane stabilized and protect, themselves, the public and surrounding infrastructure from falling debris. 

Further information will be provided as soon as available.