A crane collapsed Wednesday, January 10, 2012, in New York injuring 7 people, according to a report by MSN news. At the construction site of a 25-foot apartment complex in the borough of Queens, a 200-foot crane came down on the first floor framework of the building. This construction site was behind the iconic Pepsi-Cola sign near the East River waterfront.
This is not the crane that was damaged during the Superstorm Sandy that made news as it hung precariously over the city from 90 stories high at the One57 residential high-rise on 57th Street. That crane kept many out of their residences and offices while it was being secured to the existing building. You can read about the One57 and the dangling crane here on Bloomberg.com. This apartment building will be the tallest residential building in New York, and it has drawn interested buyers from around the world.
Crane accidents are increasing in New York where their use is so common. According to MSN News,
Construction cranes have been a source of safety worries in the city since two giant rigs collapsed within two months of each other in Manhattan in 2008, killing a total of nine people.
Those accidents spurred the resignation of the city's buildings commissioner and fueled new safety measures, including hiring more inspectors and expanding training requirements and inspection checklists.
Another crane fell and killed a worker in April at a construction site for a new subway line. That rig was exempt from most city construction safety rules because it was working for a state-overseen agency that runs the subway system.
The incident is under investigation.
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