Written by Bill Wilson, editor-in-chief

The Metropolitan Council says there is more emphasis on safety following a crane accident on a light rail project last week.

Metropolitan Council

A crane operator allegedly left the cab while the machine was running and caused the accident in the $ 2 billion Southwest Light Rail Transit project in the Cedar-Isles-Dean neighborhood of Minneapolis.

According to the initial results of the investigation, the crane operator was not in the cab at the time of the incident and the boom closest to the cab broke. The crane, which stood between two row house units, did not tip over and did not cause any property damage. Lunda-McCrossen, the joint venture building this portion of a 14.5-mile light rail line from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie, has taken the operator off the job.

After the mishap, Lunda-McCrossen went through the safety guidelines and procedures with all the project operators. The Metropolitan Council says there will be an increased safety focus as well as a review and inspection of crane related work activities in the corridor.

The cost of the project is $ 799.5 million and is expected to be completed in 2023.

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  • February 12, 2021
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