Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Worker on 7 extension killed in crane collapse

From the NY Times:

A 170-foot crane at a construction site for the extension of the No. 7 subway line collapsed on Tuesday night in Manhattan, killing one worker and injuring four other people in an eerie reminder of two fatal crane accidents in the city four years ago.

Emergency workers removed an injured man on Tuesday after a crane collapsed at the construction site for the extension of the No. 7 subway line.

It appeared that the accident occurred when the upper section of the crane broke off just before 7:30 p.m., during work on the extension at 34th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. A Fire Department spokesman said an 80-foot section and a 40-foot section from the crane fell.

It came down “like a dinosaur,” said a worker from the construction site who was waiting at Bellevue Hospital Center, where at least one victim was being treated.

One city official said there was some speculation among investigators at the scene that something in the back of the crane had snapped, causing it to become unbalanced.

1 comment:

Robert Collister said...

I am surprised and sad with this incidence. The crane manufacturer companies should not allow such people with mere knowledge about heavy cranes to handle cranes. That's I always suggest learn about cranes from a well established companies. Only this this we can avoid such situations.