Crane breaks at Cashmere site; 2 injured

CASHMERE — Officials at a Cashmere construction site say two workers suffered minor injuries when a crane broke while lifting a 50,000-pound concrete slab.

The Wenatchee World reported that the crane was lifting the piece of flooring at a controlled storage facility Friday when the crane’s boom folded.

Bethlehem Construction president Mike Addleman said the slab damaged five concrete wall panels already in place.

Addleman said one worker was thrown into the air but was caught by his safety harness. He was treated at a hospital for bruises. A second worker was treated for rope burns.

Addleman said the crane is owned and operated by Russell Crane Services of Yakima.

The state Department of Labor and Industries will investigate.

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