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Lake Oswego Fire Department responded to the scene and no injuries were reported

COURTESY PHOTO - Crane tips over at Mercantile Village Jan. 2. A crane the size of a large semi-truck toppled over while getting set up at the Mercantile Village construction site Thursday, Jan. 2.

The Lake Oswego Fire Department responded to the incident shortly after noon and one person was evaluated, but suffered no injuries.

An official investigation is pending. Fire Marshal Gert Zoutendijk said it looked like the crane had not yet been properly weighted. Workers were in the process of moving counterweights to the crane to balance it out when one weight was placed too far to one side.

The crane fell through the second floor of the construction decking — an area where flooring would be poured — but there was no structural damage to the building itself.

"It seems like it shouldn't be that big of a loss for them," said Zoutendijk, adding that this type of incident is rare. "Recently (there's been) a lot of major construction in Lake Oswego, so I think the risks go up (with) these kinds of accidents."

The mixed-use Mercantile Village development project that's underway will have 206 apartments, parking and retail space. It is expected to be finished by summer 2021.


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