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Worker severely injured by falling beam at downtown Vancouver construction site

DH Vancouver Staff Sep 23, 2014 4:09 pm

A construction worker was critically injured this afternoon after a beam fell at the TELUS Garden tower construction site in downtown Vancouver.

The worker was sent to hospital after a beam fell from the 22-storey office building and onto Richards Street.

A hanging piece of glass near the top floors of the building also prompted emergency officials to close down Richards Street between Georgia and Robson streets. The street remains closed at this time.

WorkSafe BC officials are examining the site for the exact cause of the incident. High winds and heavy rainfall are possible contributing factors.

TELUS Garden is a two-building, city block encompassing project that includes the office building and a 44-storey residential tower. The $750-million project will be completed in two phases, with the office building scheduled for completion in 2015 and the residential tower in 2016.

The office tower will house the new TELUS corporate headquarters and the Canadian offices of Amazon.

Feature Image: @zahraCKNW980 via Twitter

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