Some Norwood apartments uninhabitable after crane collapse
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Some Norwood apartments uninhabitable after crane collapse

Nearly 24 hours after a crane collapsed onto an apartment building in Norwood, Massachusetts, attempts to remove it were finally successful. On Friday, a crane performing construction on the roof of the Eaton Village Apartments collapsed, causing damage to several units. A resident of the apartment complex located just off Bahama Drive, adjacent to Neponset St., said four of the units surrounding where the crane collapsed were uninhabitable. Kavita Patel was inside her Norwood apartment when the incident happened around lunchtime on Friday. “I was inside. I was actually work from home and I heard a loud thud,” Patel said. “Then, you can actually feel the vibration of it. Almost felt like an earthquake.”Neighbors say the crane had been at the apartment complex on and off since the fall, doing work on the roof. Jim Towne is a former crane operator, who was in the area eating lunch, and witnessed the accident. “I saw the boom go down pretty, pretty fast,” Towne said. “I knew it wasn’t good.”Towne said he spoke with the crane operator after the accident. “He said the outrigger let go,” Towne said. “I hope he didn’t get hurt.”A crane outrigger is a beam that extends from the lower parts of a crane to improve its stability.Video from Sky 5 showed an impact on the top of the building. A pile of lumber had apparently slid off the crane onto one of the cars in the parking lot.According to the fire department, firefighters searched the building and helped to evacuate residents before securing the utilities. Five people were evaluated by Norwood Ambulance and one patient declined treatment. A ring of yellow caution tape surrounded the overturned crane and several other nearby vehicles in the parking lot.”It is not known if the building will be tenable once removed but the building and wiring inspectors have been called to the scene,” fire officials said in a written statement. A spokesperson from the Department of Labor confirmed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was informed of the incident.

Nearly 24 hours after a crane collapsed onto an apartment building in Norwood, Massachusetts, attempts to remove it were finally successful.

On Friday, a crane performing construction on the roof of the Eaton Village Apartments collapsed, causing damage to several units.

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A resident of the apartment complex located just off Bahama Drive, adjacent to Neponset St., said four of the units surrounding where the crane collapsed were uninhabitable.

Kavita Patel was inside her Norwood apartment when the incident happened around lunchtime on Friday.

“I was inside. I was actually work from home and I heard a loud thud,” Patel said. “Then, you can actually feel the vibration of it. Almost felt like an earthquake.”

Neighbors say the crane had been at the apartment complex on and off since the fall, doing work on the roof.

Jim Towne is a former crane operator, who was in the area eating lunch, and witnessed the accident.

crane on top of apartment building

“I saw the boom go down pretty, pretty fast,” Towne said. “I knew it wasn’t good.”

Towne said he spoke with the crane operator after the accident. “He said the outrigger let go,” Towne said. “I hope he didn’t get hurt.”

A crane outrigger is a beam that extends from the lower parts of a crane to improve its stability.

Video from Sky 5 showed an impact on the top of the building. A pile of lumber had apparently slid off the crane onto one of the cars in the parking lot.

According to the fire department, firefighters searched the building and helped to evacuate residents before securing the utilities. Five people were evaluated by Norwood Ambulance and one patient declined treatment.

A ring of yellow caution tape surrounded the overturned crane and several other nearby vehicles in the parking lot.

“It is not known if the building will be tenable once removed but the building and wiring inspectors have been called to the scene,” fire officials said in a written statement.

A spokesperson from the Department of Labor confirmed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was informed of the incident.

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