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Crane Collapsed in NYC

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Due to a series of unfortunate events, a 565 ft. crawler crane (roughly the length of an NYC block) fell to the ground at 8:24 AM ET this morning, resulting in one death and three injuries. The crane was being used to replace generators and air conditioners on a building’s roof, when 20 mph wind pushed it to the ground.  Mayor Bill de Blasio has stated “They were in the process of securing the crane … actually preparing to bring it down, to secure it” when the wind caught the crane and brought it down. Officials say the toll could have been worse if it had not been for the preparations being made to bring down the crane. Click here for more information. Click here to watch a video of the crane collapsing.

 

UPDATE: New York City has implemented a four-point construction crane safety plan following the collapse. Click here for information regarding the plan.

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Photos: Colleen Long, AP

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Photo: Kevin V. Smith via Twitter

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