Sunday, February 7, 2016

De Blasio to announce new crane safety regulations

From CBS 2:

Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce safety improvements to crane operations on Sunday, after a deadly collapse in TriBeCa that left one dead and several wounded.

The collapse happened just before 8:30 a.m. Friday on Worth Street near Church Street. Cell phone video captured the moment the massive crane fell to the street.

David Wichs, 38, was killed instantly as he walked along Worth Street. Three others were injured, including 73-year-old Thomas O’Brian, who suffered a head injury.

The collapse happened as the crew was lowering the crane due to high winds. A veteran operator was inside the control cab when it flipped upside down. The crew was trying to lower the arm into the safety position – an upside-down V – right over West Broadway.

Instead, the 56-year-old operator lost his battle to control the crane and it collapsed.

The operator, identified as Kevin Reilly, of Port Jefferson, has been questioned about how he lost control of the crane. Sources told 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern that Reilly probably saved lives by moving the crane away from buildings and onto the street.


JQ LLC said...

You know, the department of buildings used to have offices at 60 hudson st. where that crane used to be.

and this is what's there now

only the best environment and amenities for our tech overlords

way to be proactive Mayor Big Slow to nip this in the bud before another one of these preposterous tall cranes collapses from the winds.

If anyone is curious how I came up with his derisive but apt title, here it is...

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

How much do you want to bet any new regulations are a payoff to the unions?

Yay duhblazio!

Anonymous said...

DiblASSio was A deuschebag during the press conference on friday after the accident. He kept interrupting his team as they answered questions from the press. He was correcting what they had said and made sure they focused on his accounts of what happened. He kept defending the DOB. They didnt want to be present at the conference.

(sarc) said...

The mayor is quite the well rounded official.

It seems that he is an expert in physics and engineering...

Jerry Rotondi said...

How come that everytime we see new safety regulations being pushed, cranes still keep on falling, maiming and killing?
Closing the barn door after the horse runs away is just the way city government has dealt with these kind of safety issues for decades.
NYC seems to be in a development frenzy and cares little for the safety of its residents.
As long as REBNY continues in their support of political campaigns throughout New York, construction accidents will continue.
After the fact, every politician who is on REBNY's dole, comes out and asks for increased safety. Then they go back to lobbying for developers. My city councilman, Paul Vallone does his share of lobbying.

Anonymous said...

"De Blasio also called for more sidewalk protection for pedestrians."

Weren't people complaining just the other day how there were too many sidewalk shelters marring the city landscape? And now the mayor wants more?

>How come that everytime we see new safety regulations being pushed, cranes still keep on falling, maiming and killing?

Presumably, with a competent mayor, they learn from each crane disaster and take steps to keep what caused that disaster from happening again.

Anonymous said...


"My city councilman, Paul Vallone does his share of lobbying."

Oh he does a lot more than that! You know it! :):)

Not qualified to speak to this accident, but my gut feeling tells me there was a mistake made when they were lowering the boom.
Experts are also questioning the same thing.
As for the winds, the reports went from 20 Mph to 25 Mph to 40Mph.
A few more days and we had a hurricane.
Bunch of liars!