Ted Burch (centre) and others survey the site at Rockwell Drive in Harrison where an excavator has tipped while working to punch through a road. The incident happened on Friday afternoon

Recovery effort underway in Harrison for tipped excavator

Engineers on site evaluating how to move machinery that was building a road

An excavator working to punch out a new road on a steep slope in Harrison on Friday toppled over due to operator error, not slope instability, according to the overseeing engineers.

Burch Engineering was on site Saturday morning following the incident, coordinating a recovery for the heavy machinery. The operator was not seriously injured when then excavator tipped. It was one of two heavy machines working on the new road.

While the recovery of the machine would take at least two other machines — one to hold it steady and the other to move it — that was expected to happen Saturday. A representative of Burch said that the close proximity of the BC Hydro expansion project meant that plenty of heavy duty machines were nearby.

Once a crane and excavator are in place, the recovery would take about an hour. Burch Engineering stated that the site was “extremely safe” and that the slope has no instability.

The fact the machinery did not fall down the hill when toppled shows the stability of the slope, they underlined. The road will be a 12% grade, at the beginning of Rockwell Drive, and is meant to connect future housing to the main road.

In 2013, the Village of Harrison Hot Springs received an application to build the road and granted approval. There is a preliminary land use agreement in place.

A second excavator continued working on clearing the roadway on Saturday.

Watch this website for updates to this story.

news@ahobserver.com

Just Posted

Seabird Island opens 50th annual festival

The weekend festival will see First Nations teams compete in soccer, three-pitch and canoe races

LETTER: Agassiz’s amazing new pump station

Edward Monro talks about Hammersley Pump, but also the need for driver support on Mount Woodside

LETTER: E-Comm makes connections for ambulance

E-Comm’s executive director explains why ambulances aren’t in their jurisidiction

Agassiz study to look at drone use for pesticide application

The study will be the first in Canada to use drones to apply pesticides to farm fields

Lofty plans for Chilliwack school district revealed

Chilliwack school district draws up plan to add 2,900 student seats in five years

VIDEO: Powwow shares culture at Seabird Island Festival

The 50th anniversary of the festival saw its first powwow

Raptors beat Bucks 100-94 to advance to franchise’s first-ever NBA Finals

Leonard has 27 points, 17 boards to lead Toronto past Milwaukee

Third person charged in death of B.C. teen Bhavkiran Dhesi

Inderdeep Kaur Deo facing charge of accessory after the fact to murder

Kamloops girl, 9, recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning now out of ICU

Her mother who was sleeping in the same tent with her did not survive

UPDATE: Surrey RCMP say boy, 11, missing for two days found safe

Dominic Mattie was last seen at 5 p.m. in the 13500-block of Gateway Drive in Surrey

‘I think he’s still alive’: B.C. mom pleads for help finding son last seen a month ago

Family offering $5,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Tim Delahaye

New poll suggests one-third don’t want politicians to wear religious symbols

Local politicians shouldn’t be allowed to wear hijabs, crucifixes or turbans on the job, survey suggests

Raptors fans far from home adjust plans to watch pivotal playoff game

Raptors currently lead the playoff series 3-2, and a win Saturday would vault them into NBA finals

Most Read