Monday, January 21, 2013
It's an epidemic
From the Daily News:
The sudden collapse of a 380-foot construction crane in Queens this month surprised laborers working below.
But the image of the huge device crumpled across a Long Island City construction site on Jan. 9 was depressingly familiar — part of a recent spike in crane accidents that has plagued the city, a Daily News investigation has found.
Records reveal owners who aren’t maintaining the huge machines and crane operators who aren’t using them safely.
The News found multiple examples since 2010: A laborer lost fingers because a crane job wasn’t properly supervised. A worker’s leg was crushed when a crane knocked a load of concrete onto him. A worker was knocked off his perch by a swinging load and fell 32 feet.
In the past few years, cranes have tipped over, smashed into buildings and dropped huge payloads. Operators have swung bundles of steel over busy city streets and picked up loads much heavier than their machines can handle.
And it’s getting worse.