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.