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December 21, 2011 at 4:05 PM

State investigating crane used in Husky Stadium demolition

Half the roof of the south side of Husky Stadium was brought down during demolition of the facility yesterday afternoon. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

A video of the Husky Stadium roof crashing down during demolition yesterday has prompted an investigation by the Department of Labor and Industries.

In the video, a large portion of the roof over the bleachers can be seen collapsing. Behind it, a crane can be seen shaking back and forth.

“That should never have happened,” said Hector Castro, a spokesman for the state department.

State investigators took the crane out of commission this morning. They have six months to complete an inspection, said Castro.

The roof demolition is part of a $250 million remodel of Husky Stadium by Turner Construction. The subcontractor for demolition is Rhine Demolition, and the crane operator is Ness Crane.

A person who answered the phone at Ness Crane refused to comment.

Joel Simmons, the president of Rhine Demolition, said “everything went as planned.” The crane shaking back and forth was not expected, he said, but the crane was taken out of service.

The plan was for the crane to use a giant cutting tool called a “nipper” to snip five supports holding up the southeast stadium roof, according to Castro. Crews cut four supports, but then the roof buckled, causing the crane — still attached to the nipper — to bounce, something Castro called “shock loading.”

No workers were hurt in the incident, though there was an operator in the crane and people in the area who could have been hurt, said Castro.

 

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