Wednesday, November 23, 2016
2 workers die on Briarwood construction project
From Eyewitness News:
Two construction workers were killed after a steel beam fell on top of a crane's operator cab in Queens Tuesday.
It happened just after 12 p.m. near the intersection of 82nd Avenue and 134th Street in the Briarwood section, close to where the Van Wyck Expressway and the Grand Central Parkway intersect.
Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler said the 6,500-pound beam dropped from the fourth floor of the building onto the crane.
Chandler said it appears the rigging rope may have failed while the beam was being lifted, causing the piece of steel to break loose and fall to the ground. Though, the investigation is still ongoing. Wind does not appear to be a factor in the accident.
"It was a 6,500-pound beam going up four stories. I would say the wind would not have a major factor on that," said Chandler.
The workers killed were identified as flag man Alessandro Ramos, 43, and crane operator George Smith, 47. Both were trapped in the wreckage and died at the scene.
Crains reports that this isn't the first work-related death for the contractor.