Crane accidents rarely occur, however, when they do occur, the accidents pose a threat not only to people but also to property. Cranes are often massive and can fall from great heights when these incidents occur, resulting in death or serious injury to construction workers, motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, and bystanders on the street. In addition to the loss of life and injuries, these situations result in an immense amount of property damage, which is why it is important to hold those responsible for what happened.… Read the rest
On February 5, 2016 a 500-foot crawler crane collapsed during an approaching winter storm. The crane damaged buildings in Tribeca and killed 30-year old David Wichs. Following the incident, the Department of Buildings temporarily banned the use of crawler crane’s around the five boroughs.
Additionally, the Department of Buildings drafted new regulations to make crane operations safer. However, the construction industry groups were not given a seat at the table during the drafting process.
According to Crain’s New York Business, the new rules were released in March and June. The construction trade groups believe that the new regulations add … Read the rest
In reviewing the many ways that New York City is planning for Hurricane Irene, including mandatory evacuations and a total shutdown of the subways and trains, it was noticed that there is a concern for the 26 tower cranes presently located in the city. 13 of the cranesare at the World Trade Center construction site. They are only built to withstand winds of 65 mph or less. They do not disassemble quickly and may not be able to be taken down in time for the storm.
In light of the forecast for winds in excess of 65 mphthe cranes seem … Read the rest
Last week New York City’s former chief crane inspector, James Delayo, admitted that he took “more than $10,000” in bribes to fake inspections and overlook unqualified crane operators. Prosecutors have said Delayo’s individual payoffs ranged from $200 to $3,000. Delayos crimes are said to be unrelated to the two fatal crane collapses that occurred in 2008. Delayo’s plea deal shaved his prison time from seven years to just two to six years. A good deal for him, but what message does it send?
The money he took helped only him, but the phony inspections put the public in mortal danger. … Read the rest
On March 8, 2010, two individuals and two corporations were indicted on criminally negligent homicide, manslaughter and other charges related to the May 30, 2008, crane collapse in New York City that killed two people and seriously injured a third. The indictment describes the callous indifference to safety by the defendants who decided, in an effort to lessen the downtime of and lost rental income from a broken crane, to use a cheaper and quicker means of repair from a Chinese company whose qualifications had not been verified.
The collapse of the crane was caused by the failure of a … Read the rest
The Manhattan District Attorney on October 1, 2009, announced the indictment and arrest of 29 people and four corporations for enterprise corruption, bribery, bribe receiving, extortion, narcotics, and firearms trafficking, and illegal gambling. Among the individual defendants are members and associates of the Cosa Nostra Lucchese Organized Crime Family (Lucchese Crime Family), including three inspectors formerly employed by the New York City Department of Buildings and two members of the Family ruling panel; three other former building inspectors; and individuals and companies in the construction and real estate industry.
The District Attorney accused the mob of seeking to place associates … Read the rest
Last year, there were two fatal tower crane crashes in New York City, as well as dozens of others throughout the country, including Houston, Las Vegas and Miami. In an effort to track equipment failures, manufacturers recalls, accidents and industry trends, the New York City Buildings Department recently announced an unprecedented partnership with the cities of Chicago and Philadelphia to share critical data on tower cranes erected within their borders.
At present, there are more than 50 active tower cranes in New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia. Under the information-sharing agreement, building officials will share information about the design … Read the rest
Oftentimes it seems that when the dust settles, accidents that appeared to come out of the blue were in fact wholly predictable because someone tried to cut a corner or save money in the face of a known danger. Such may have been the case in a construction accident when a crane collapsed last May on East 91st Street in Manhattan. It has recently been reported that 10 months before the accident a Chinese company hired to repair a critical component involved in the fatal crane collapse warned the cranes owner that it was concerned that it did not know … Read the rest
On January 5, 2009, the master rigger involved in the 200-ft-high tower crane that collapsed at a Midtown high-rise site March 15, 2008, killing six workers and a civilian, was indicted on multiple charges of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, assault and reckless endangerment.
Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau also said rigger William Rapetti and his firm Rapetti Rigging Services Inc., Massapequa Park, N.Y., failed to file tax returns for 2006 and 2007. The following day, another contractor official at the troubled Deutsche Bank asbestos-abatement and demolition site near Ground Zero was indicted in connection with a 2007 fire at … Read the rest
The New York City crane collapses of March 15, 2008, and May 30, 2008, and the collapse of a 20-foot crane section in Miami that fell 30 stories, killing two construction workers and injuring five, set off an alarm within the construction community and city dwellers. An in-depth report on U.S. fatal crane incidents made by The Center for Construction Research and Training in response to these incidents found the number of crane-related deaths among construction workers is significant, with an average of 22 workers killed annually.
The reports findings, released this past June, used Bureau of Labor Statistics worker … Read the rest