Classes resume at UT Dallas after weekend crane collapse




Posted on July 9, 2012 at 6:31 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 12:57 AM

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RICHARDSON -- Summer classes resumed Monday at the University of Texas-Dallas campus in Richardson after a construction crane collapsed, killing two workers Saturday.

Saturday afternoon, the crane collapsed on top of a new campus building under construction. Crews from Harrison Crane and Hoist, an outside construction firm, were dismantling the crane when it fell.

The two men killed in the accident have been identified as Terry Weaver, 50, and Thomas Fairbrother Jr., 58.

Onlookers told News 8 Saturday they felt strong winds and stormy weather, which may have been a factor in the crane’s collapse.

Meanwhile, an investigation continues to determine the exact cause of the collapse and how engineers can now safely remove the crane.

On Monday, OSHA and independent investigators talked with engineers as they assessed the damage. The investigators will review the safe removal of the crane from the damaged facility. Construction work at the site will not continue until the investigation is finished and the crane is removed.

UT Dallas officials said their primary concern is maintaining the safety of students, faculty, staff and the construction workers.

Student organizations are expected to meet Monday to consider ideas for how they can help the families of Weaver and Fairbrother. This weekend, university leaders expressed their condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the workers.