Caption: Crane Collapse in NY injures 7
A construction site in New York recently was the scene of destruction and chaos as the red crane toppled upon a building site and trapped 3 workers beneath the wreckage. The trapped workers suffered broken bones and other serious injuries which resulted in them being hospitalised. A total of 7 workers were injured in the incident but only 3 had to be freed from under the fallen machinery.
Workers scrambled to get out of the way as the crane collapsed while others scrambled to find their friends to make sure they were safe. Read what this post on Yahoo News had to say about the incident:
The crane cut down the framework of the building “like a hot knife in butter,” White said, because there was no concrete on it yet.
Roberson said the crane, which he estimated to be about 200 feet high, had been up since the weekend — and went down really fast.
City officials went up in a cherry picker while investigating the accident.
Tony Sclafani, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Building, said their engineers were investigating the cause of the collapse.
“This is a mobile crane, whose boom collapsed onto the building under construction,” Sclafani said.
Australia is no stranger to crane incidents, with the latest being the much publicised collapse of a crane in Sydney’s CBD which caused a lot of inconvenience but thankfully no injuries. The crane also collapsed, but this time onto an adjacent building.
Cranes have been a topic of contention in New York’s construction industry recently as well, with a number of other crane incidents causing damage and injury to workers.
Read what the post went on to state:
Construction cranes have been a source of safety worries in the city since two giant rigs collapsed within two months of each other in Manhattan in 2008, killing a total of nine people.
New York Crane’s equipment was involved in one of those collapses. Owner James Lomma was tried and acquitted on manslaughter charges.
A call to their offices seeking comment Wednesday wasn’t answered.
Those accidents spurred the resignation of the city’s buildings commissioner and fueled new safety measures, including hiring more inspectors and expanding training requirements and inspection checklists.
Another crane fell and killed a worker in April at a construction site for a new subway line. That rig was exempt from most city construction safety rules because it was working for a state-overseen agency that runs the subway system.
During Superstorm Sandy in late October, a construction crane atop a $1.5 billion luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan collapsed in high winds and danged precariously for several days until it could be tethered.
Because crane operation is such a dangerous and complex task, operators must be trained, knowledgeable and certified appropriately. Caution and extreme care should always be exercised not only by the operator but by all workers in the vicinity that may be affected by the cranes operation or any incidents.