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Friday, May 30, 2008
Crane Collapse in NYC Kills One
Yet another construction accident involving a crane in New York City killed one person and critically injured two others this morning. All three were construction workers. One pedestrian suffered minor injuries, and nearby apartments were evacuated as a precaution. This time the crane collapse was during rush hour on the Upper East Side.
The arm of the crane reportedly fell more than 20 stories, hitting an apartment building as it fell. The sound was described by one witness as hearing a "prolonged car accident." The crane was also reported to be on fire and water was coming out of the damaged apartments.
This accident follows a Manhattan crane collapse in March that killed seven people. While these two accidents took place in a short amount of time, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that there is no connection – only coincidence.
Construction can be a dangerous job, even when there is no crane involved. However, site managers and OSHA try to improve the sites through regulations and rules. When this doesn't work, the job sites are shut down pending an investigation, and/or fines are imposed. This certainly puts a crimp in the progress of the job, the employees of the sites, and the pocketbooks of many, but what about those who are injured or killed?
Labels: construction accidents
posted by Neil at 10:02 AM
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