Friday, May 30, 2008

More crane collapses

This morning, yet another crane collapsed on the job site in Manhattan, this time killing the crane operator and causing heavy damage to nearby buildings. Debris from the construction site and the crane littered the streets and caused many nearby buildings to be evacuated. The incident occurred at 354 East 91st Street (1st Avenue). This is the 2nd fatal crane collapse and 9th death in Manhattan these past 2 months, amidst growing criticism that the city and the Department of Buildings are not doing enough to secure construction sites. In March, the DOB instituted a new policy requiring that both before a crane is to be raised and during its operations, on-site workers must have meetings with city engineers. The cause of this incident has not yet been determined.

>>>View screenshots of images from Eyewitness News.
>>>NYTimes:At Least One Killed by Crane Collapse in Manhattan

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