Huge Crane Accident in Downtown Manhattan Kills One

Posted on February 17, 2016 at 11:12am by

Photo of construction areaA crane accident in NYC recently claimed the life of a 38-year-old Wall Street man. Due to strong winds, the construction crew began lowering the crane, but that’s when the whole thing came toppling down. Parked cars were crushed by the block-long crane arm, and three others were seriously injured by debris.

Authorities are unsure what caused the fatal construction accident, but are conducting a “very serious investigation.” The company that manufactured the crane, Liebherr-International AG, have also volunteered to aid in the investigation.

After watching a video recorded on a phone by witnesses, experts have guessed that the winds and some human error are likely to blame. Inspection crews had been present only days before the incident, and concluded that the crane was up to par with all regulations.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said after the horrific crane accident that, although the loss of even one life was tragic, it was fortunate that the damage was not as bad as it could have been. Construction crews reportedly did well to steer pedestrians and traffic away from the area before the accident.

NYC Is Implementing New Safety Measures

Perhaps one silver lining stemming from this tragedy is that the mayor, along with other city officials, proposed new safety measures to prevent future accidents such as this. These new policies include:

  • Significantly more restrictions to be placed on the use of “crawler” cranes
  • Greater protections for sidewalk use and parking
  • More effective warning and notification procedures for citizens
  • A dedicated task force for overseeing crane safety
  • Better notifications for crane operators, including wind advisory

According to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and average of 75 fatal crane-related accidents occur every year. Hopefully, these new policies and procedures will help prevent similar accidents in the future.


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