Engineers have approved a plan to begin removal of crane toppled by Dorian

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s labour minister says work will begin this weekend to remove a huge construction crane that collapsed in Halifax during Hurricane Dorian.

The twisted, yellow structure is draped over a building that was under construction in the city’s downtown.

Labi Kousoulis says the building may have been compromised, so crews will go floor to floor this weekend to add extra supports to ensure the building doesn’t collapse while the crane removal takes place.

He says it will then take up to four days to pin and strap the crane to the building before another crane is brought in to begin removing the damaged machine piece by piece.

Kousoulis says the work should take about two weeks.

The minister says the crane collapse could have been much worse, but fortunately it fell on the only unoccupied space possible and no one was hurt.

Kousoulis says he’s confident other construction cranes on the Halifax skyline are safe, but inspections will be done as a precaution.

The Canadian Press

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