There were two operators in the equipment at the time, but they escaped without injury. Operations at the plant were "inconvenienced but not disrupted" as there is still another crane in service.
"We treated it as a significant near miss," says Coote, "and are investigating it from that standpoint."
The company is now working with WorkSafeBC and the crane manufacturer to determine what the cause of the incident was, and what preventative measures can be taken in the future. It's believed that the damage is repairable, and they're currently working with an engineer from the manufacturer to determine the repair method.
Coote argues that this is not an unusual occurrence, and that it has happened before at this plant and others.