This first video looks down at the worksite and and people running to avoid falling debris
One of our CityCaucus.com readers Mark sent us a recently posted video showing a demolition of a building taking place downtown on the corner of Hornby Street at Helmcken. While the edges of the property are fenced off, you can clearly see from the two angles that the building itself strayed far beyond the fence. The materials nearly landed on a nearby flag person who had to run out of the way. You can clearly see that the building almost landed on a passing automobile.
The street level view video shows a lamp standard crashing and worker running
The second video shows that despite the collapse and near miss of people and property on the street, the demolition continued and caused even more damage.
We'll continue to follow this story throughout the day, as it
is sure to be on will be the lead story on tonight's six o'clock news. Thanks, Mark, for sending this along. No doubt the City, the developer and the demolition company will have to respond to the concerns these videos raise.
UPDATE: GlobalTV has reported on their Noon News report that the company involved is already being investigated by Worksafe BC.
UPDATE #2: We've left a message for the City of Vancouver communications office looking for an official response from the Mayor and City Manager. It's been nearly 8 hours since this story broke, and there is still no official response or calls for any inquiry by the City's leadership. Officials from the Engineering department are withholding comment as the matter is now under investigation, but they have said that it is standard practice for a City inspector to be present at demolitions.
A report by the Vancouver Sun has information about the contractor who did the demolition:
The demolition was being carried out by Global Excavation and Demolition, a Surrey company incorporated in April 2007 and run by Jagjeet Singh Panesar and Karmjeet Singh Panesar.
Jagjeet said Friday he didn't know why everyone was "trying to blow this out of proportion" while Karmjeet said he was hurt that the media was treating it as a joke and "making it sound like we're some criminals."
The company took all the proper safety precautions before starting the demolition, including closing off Hornby, he said. He noted the incident occurred during rush hour when "it's hard to control traffic and pedestrians."
Tonight this story about the demolition led GlobalTV's newscast. Here's a great report by Ted Chernecki that raises many questions. Our commenters are weighing in one indicates that these kinds of problems are common among cut-rate operations.
As of this evening there is still no sign of Mayor Robertson or any member of his city council to let the public know what the City is doing to end rogue operators from creating these safety hazards on our streets. There are rumours that the embarrassment over Vision's school board ruckus this week has sent them running for cover.
It appears that this demolitions story has gone viral, and you found out about it first here on CityCaucus.com.
- post by Mike