Crane operator blamed for Rhode Island building collapse

Crane operator blamed for Rhode Island building collapse

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — A police report shows that a worker blamed a mistake by a crane operator for the collapse of a building under construction at a private Rhode Island university that injured six people.

Workers were installing steel beams Tuesday morning on a new indoor practice facility at Bryant University in Smithfield when the beams collapsed.

The Smithfield Police Department report released Wednesday says a construction worker told police a crane operator must have pulled the beam too far as they were trying to straighten the leaning structure.

A hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday three of the injured workers are in good condition and three have been released.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

The 78,000-square-foot facility was scheduled to open next year.

The university broke ground on it in May.

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