Classes resume at UT Dallas after weekend crane collapse

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by WYATT GOOLSBY

WFAA

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 9:21 AM

RICHARDSON --Summer classes resume Monday at the University of Texas-Dallas campus in Richardson after a construction crane collapsed on Saturday. In the meantime, an investigation is underway to determine what caused the crane to collapse, and how engineers can safely remove it.

On Monday, OSHA and independent investigators will be talking with engineers as they assess the damage.  Those investigators will review the safe removal of the crane from the damaged facility. Construction work at the on-campus site will not continue until the investigation is finished and the crane is removed.

UT Dallas officials said their primary concern is maintaining the safety of students, faculty, staff, and the construction workers. Student organizations are expected to meet Monday to consider ideas for how they can help families of two workers who died in the accident. This weekend, University leaders expressed their condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of those workers.

Saturday afternoon, the crane collapsed on top of a new campus building under construction. Crews from Harrison Crane and Hoist (an outside construction firm) were dismantling the crane when it fell. Onlookers told News 8 Saturday they felt strong winds and stormy weather, which may have been a factor in the crane’s collapse.

Stay with News 8 for updates on the continuing investigation.

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