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Crane operator shakes off plunge

A 61-year-old man who was operating a crane when it tipped upright Thursday was back on the job later the same day.

A 61-year-old man who was operating a crane when it tipped upright Thursday was back on the job later the same day.

Shortly after 9:30 a.m., the man was lifting a forklift on to the M.V. Holiday Island at the Irving-run Halifax Shipyard, said Mary Keith, spokesperson for J.D. Irving.

The 55-tonne crane tipped and the forklift submerged in the Halifax Harbour, she said.

The man, who has worked at the shipyard for nearly 30 years, sustained bruises and was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, said Keith.

He was back to work that afternoon.

“Preliminary inspection indicates there is no damage sustained to the vessel,” Keith told Metro in an email. “The crane is stabilized and a crew is on site developing a plan to right the crane.”

It is not known when the crane will be lifted to its upright position, she said.

Keith said the incident has been reported to both the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and the Canadian Coast Guard.

 
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