**** EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE/ TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE Media Release
Emergency Order Renewed for Crane Removal
The province has renewed the localized state of emergency under the authority of the Emergency Management Act to ensure the ongoing removal of the crane at a building on South Park Street in Halifax.
“The localized state of emergency has been extended so we can ensure the safety of those in the area while removal work continues,” said Chuck Porter, Minister responsible for Emergency Management. “We appreciate the inconvenience this causes to those who have been displaced from their homes and businesses. It is complex and delicate work and we need to ensure we can proceed in a safe manner.”
Work at the crane site continues. The upper portion of the crane has been secured and crews are focused on securing the portion of the crane that is laying over the side of the building.
The localized emergency area is defined as the city block within the boundaries of Cathedral Lane, and bordered by Brenton Street, Brenton Place and Spring Garden Road. An evacuation order for some tenants was issued by Halifax Regional Municipality Fire and Emergency Services.
The renewed state of emergency remains in effect for 14 days unless government terminates or extends it. With the complexity of the project, estimated timelines will likely be revised as work progresses. The safety of the public and workers will continue to be the priority.
The Department of Labour and Advanced Education’s inspection of the crane incident is continuing. BMR Structural Engineering has been hired to support the work of this inspection.
— Harbourside Engineering Consultants and R&D Crane Operator Limited are the two companies working to remove the crane
— the Department of Labour and Advanced Education will monitor and inspect the work onsite for compliance with regulations and safety standards
— the developer responsible for the crane is WM Fares Group
— the owner and operator of the crane is Lead Structural Formworks Ltd.