Crane Collapse Leaves 1 Dead, 3 Others Injured

An accident at the construction site for the No. 7 train subway-extension left 1 construction worker dead and 4 others seriously injured when two sections of a large, 170 foot crane became dislodged and fell onto their worksite. The crane collapsed on April 3rd at around 7:30 p.m. at West 34th Street and 11th Avenue. A worker who witnessed the accident said “it sounded like a bomb went off” when the crane fell into the below-ground site and onto the workers.

The 30 year old worker who died was struck directly by the falling crane. Three other workers including a crane operator and a flagman suffered serious injuries from debris. A relative of one of the injured victims was treated for trauma after rushing to the scene.

City officials are investigating what caused the accident. According to the MTA, the crane was owned and operated by Yonkers Contracting Company which is also involved in other construction projects throughout the City. The MTA said it plans to inspect cranes being used at all MTA construction sites.

In 2008, nine people died in two separate crane accidents which led to stricter regulations for crane projects. The new rules require that plans be filed before any crane is erected or dismantled and that crane operators complete 30 hours of training with an eight-hour refresher course every three years. The MTA released a statement saying “We will work with all proper authorities to conduct a thorough investigation.”

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