Friday, January 11, 2013
Lifting a load too heavy
A crane collapse in Queens Wednesday is being attributed to error on the part of the crane operator, officials say.
The crane collapsed at a construction site at 46-10 Center Blvd. in Long Island City Wednesday afternoon, behind the famed neon Pepsi-Cola sign, injuring seven people, including three construction workers who had to be extricated.
Buildings Department Commissioner Robert Limandri said it appears the crane operator attempted to lift a load of 23,900 pounds on the crane, more than double the weight capacity for the crane.
Limandri said the operator was unable to see the load being lifted and he was apparently trying to lift the materials outside the approved loading zone.
The operator's license has been suspended, Limandri said. A stop work order for crane operations at the construction site remains in effect while the investigation continues.