7/16/2014 11:34:00 AM No injuries, minor building damage in collapse
Workers use a torch to cut into the beam of a crane that fell on the roof of the Robinson First United Methodist Church Monday morning. The crane broke through the sidewalk and fell over while lowering a roof truss. (Graham Milldrum photo)
Construction on the new Robinson First United Methodist Church building was temporarily stalled by the collapse of a crane Tuesday.
The crane was lowering a truss on to the roof when one of the outriggers broke through the sidewalk on Walnut Street. The crane began to sink toward the roof, where workers had been guiding the truss into position.
The workers managed to get out of the way before it finished falling. The crane's boom bent where it struck the edge of the roof and came to rest.
No one was injured by the collapse and the crane operator was helped out by one of the ground crew.
After surveying the damage and confirming there were no injuries, workers sent a cutting torch onto the roof.
Workers began by cutting into the boom, giving access to the mobile elements before removing the machine entirely.
The crane was moved to the Elks Lodge parking lot by Tuesday afternoon.
Workers said the only damage to the building was to the 2 x 4 boards along the edge of the building.
The crane company will be responsible for repairing the damage to the sidewalk.
No water mains or sewer lines were damaged in the accident.