RCMP say crane collapse investigation will be long, slow work

Crane investigation slow

The investigation into July's deadly crane collapse downtown Kelowna is continuing, but don't expect answers anytime soon.

Kelowna RCMP Supt. Kara Triance addressed the incident in a media briefing Monday where she referred to the collapse as one of the, "largest accidents in recent history that pertain to workplace fatalities."

Triance calls the investigation, "extremely active," but also indicated it was extremely complex and the RCMP investigation in running concurrent to the WorkSafeBC investigation.

"We're working closely with WorkSafeBC to make sure they can conduct their investigation to ensure safe workplaces for all employees across B.C."

The collapse took place July 12 when a crane came crashing down during the dismantling process at the construction site on Bernard Avenue. Jared Zook, Cailen Vilness and brothers Patrick and Eric Stemmer died while working on site while a fifth victim, Brad Zawislak, was crushed and killed when the crane hit the building next door.

"There's a very technical component to this investigation, it's going to take a long time to advance this file. The full findings and determination don't have a clear timeline attached to them but we're committed to ensuring the investigational avenues are fully explored in every way," Triance said.

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