Janet Babin, Economic Development Reporter, WNYC News
Janet Babin is a reporter at WNYC covering economic development.
Port Authority chairman Patrick Foye said he is “very concerned” about a construction accident at the World Trade Center site on Wednesday in which a crane broke several windows.
The crane lifting a beam at 4 World Trade Center shifted and struck windows on the 45th and 46th floors of the building around 11 a.m. Wednesday, just days after a final steel beam was put in place in the building.
“I’m very concerned," Foye said. "We have got a 24/7 safety effort at all our facilities, including and especially One World Trade Center.”
Glass rained down onto the sidewalk below and sent pedestrians scurrying for cover. The FDNY said no one was injured. Work at the site was halted on Wednesday.
The 9/11 Memorial spokesman, Michael Frazier, said the plaza was evacuated after the incident.
A spokesman for Silverstein Properties, the builder and leaseholder, said the Memorial has reopened and the evacuation was brief.
Additionally, the spokesman said work at 4 World Trade Center fully resumed this morning.