A crane operator was trapped for two hours and impaled on a piece of metal when a mobile crane toppled over as it was being moved at a Victoria worksite on Tuesday.

A police spokesperson said it appears the crane slipped over the edge of an excavation site and landed on its side, impaling the operator on a piece of metal.

The crane operator, Mike Doval, was trapped in the cab for nearly two hours.

Doval, described as a licensed and certified crane operator, was cut from the debris and taken to hospital.

He had been volunteering with a team building a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at Shelbourne and Ryan streets.

Bill Middleton, who chairs the regional building committee for Jehovah's Witnesses of Vancouver Island, said Doval had surgery on Tuesday to remove the rebar from his side and is now recovering in hospital.

He said it's expected Doval will be released next week.

Police say it's not clear whether WorkSafeBC has jurisdiction to investigate because Doval was voluteering at the time of the accident.


  • An earlier version of this story indicated WorkSafeBC was investigating the incident. In fact, it is not clear whether WorkSafeBC has jurisdiction in this case.
    Jul 28, 2010 4:00 AM PT