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57th St. Reopens, Hours After Crane Malfunctioned Near Carnegie Hall

Monday, October 07, 2013

A malfunctioning crane that dangled a 13,000-pound load of construction material near Carnegie Hall has been lowered without incident and the street has reopened.

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WNYC News

DOB Faults Crane Operator in Queens Collapse

Thursday, January 10, 2013

City investigators say the operator of the 170 foot-tall crane that collapsed at a Queens construction site Wednesday is at fault.

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WNYC News

Crane Collapses in Long Island City

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

The red crane collapsed shortly before 2:30 onto a building that's going up in Long Island City at 46th Avenue and Center Boulevard, behind the iconic Pepsi Cola sign along the East River waterfront.

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WNYC News

Crane Continues to Dangle from NYC High-Rise

Monday, October 29, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says a partially collapsed crane on West 57th street in midtown will have to endure Sandy's strengthening winds this evening like everyone else. He says it's too dangerous to try to secure it Monday night.

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WNYC News

No Jail Time for Mechanic Involved in Crane Collape

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

The only person to admit to a crime in either of two deadly 2008 construction crane collapses was spared jail Tuesday, under a plea deal two slain men's relatives scorned as an injustice.

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WNYC News

Crane Owner Cleared of All Charges in Collapse

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A construction crane owner has been acquitted of manslaughter and all other charges in a collapse that killed two workers in New York City. A judge cleared James Lomma Thursday.

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WNYC News

City Moves to Make Crane Licensing Stricter

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Beginning next month applicants trying to obtain a license to operate a crane in New York City will need to pass a national exam and take a 40-hour training course, in addition to city requirements already in place, such as undergoing a criminal background check and a physical exam.

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WNYC News

Defense Lawyer Says NY Crane Owner Hid Nothing

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Prosecutors wrongly claimed a construction crane owner ignored city requirements and deceived inspectors to get a cheap repair on a rig that then collapsed and killed two workers, a defense lawyer said Thursday.

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WNYC News

Developers, Unions Differ on Crane Licensing Standards

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Federal guidelines could quiet the fight between city unions and developers over whether crane operators should have to pass a national exam or not.

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Transportation Nation

Authorities Looking Into Fatal Accident at 7 Line Construction Site

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Site of the Crane Collapse (Photo: Brian Zumhagen/ WNYC)

(New York, NY -- Brian Zumhagen, WNYC) Authorities on Wednesday were focusing on what caused a construction boom crane to crash to the ground at a Manhattan work site Tuesday evening, killing one construction worker and seriously injuring another.

Michael Simmermeyer, 30, of Burlington, N.J. was pronounced dead following Tuesday's accident at the No. 7 subway line extension construction site. One other person was hospitalized in serious condition and three people were treated for minor injuries.

According to the MTA, "a Manitowoc 4100 crane owned and operated by Yonkers Contracting Company Inc., collapsed striking a worker below.  The worker, employed by subcontractor J & E Industries LLC succumbed to his injuries.  Another worker, employed by Yonkers Contracting Company Inc., suffered a leg injury."

The MTA says  all work on the construction site has been suspended until further notice. The NYC Department of Buildings -- which regulates cranes --  as well as OSHA personnel, NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office are on site today.

The MTA it has ordered the inspection of all cranes at all MTA Capital Construction work sites.

Simmermeyer worked at the site with his father, his co-workers said.

"Both great guys to work with and hang out with. It's just horrible," said Joe Travers, an ironworker from the Rockaways. Simmermeyer was "one of the nicest guys I've ever worked with," he said.

Worker Chazz Brown, one of about 50 ironworkers sent home Wednesday from their day shift, said danger is part of the job.

"It's tragic," he said. "Nobody wants to lose a life on a job site. We come here, we expect to be secure. But it's always stuff flying over our head. All you got to do is just look up, and once it's passed, you just get back to work."

The crane was set up on the second of three levels on the construction site on Manhattan's West Side, city officials said. The FDNY said the boom came apart in two pieces - one 80 feet long and the other 40 feet long.

The NYPD said that the investigation would be jointly conducted by the Department of Buildings and police.

Jack Sullivan, deputy chief for the FDNY EMS, said it was possible one of the workers had been struck by the crane's boom. The crane operator and someone who worked with him were among those who were injured.

He described the removal of the workers from the construction site, about 60 feet below street level, as "extremely dangerous."

"We had construction material that wasn't stable," he said.

Dozens of first responders came to the accident site.

Standing on a sidewalk, one construction laborer collapsed in tears into the arms of another worker. A laborer could be heard saying: "I can't take it."

Thomas Rushkin, a retired city police officer and private investigator, said he was on his way home when he saw emergency vehicles heading over and got a glance at the pieces of the crane.

"The arm is broken in half," he said, adding that it appeared that one part of the crane was on a level below the street.

Another witness, Kennon Murphy, of Charlotte, N.C., said he was on his way to the nearby Javits Convention Center when he heard "a big boom." He said of the crane: "We noticed it was down."

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority released a statement saying they plan to work with all proper authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident.

"On behalf of the entire MTA, we pray for the recovery of the workers injured as a result of this tragic accident," the statement said.

The MTA says the cumulative lost time injury rate for the No. 7 Extension project overall is 1.6 and is 1.3 for Site J, which is below the Bureau of Labor Statistics national standard for heavy and civil construction of 2.2.In May 2008, a construction crane collapsed on Manhattan's East Side, killing the crane operator and a fellow worker. The crane's owner is currently on trial for manslaughter.

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WNYC News

Cause of Deadly Crane Collapse Under Investigation

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said the MTA wasn't following the same safety rules at the site of Tuesday's crane collapse that other property owners must follow because the transportation authority is exempt from local regulations.

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WNYC News

Dad of Fatally Hurt Crane Worker Testifies in NYC

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The father of a construction crane operator has testified about watching his fatally injured son being pulled from the wreckage after a collapse in New York City.

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WQXR News

NYC Crane Rigger Acquitted of Manslaughter

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Crew members aboard dozens of ships in the Gulf of Mexico are ready to evacuate in the face of a tropical rainstorm brewing.

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WNYC News

Rigger Acquitted in Deadly '08 NYC Crane Collapse

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A crane rigger was acquitted Thursday of manslaughter charges stemming from the collapse of a New York City crane in 2008, a disaster that killed six construction workers and a tourist, hurt two dozen others and left a swath of damage in midtown Manhattan.

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WNYC News

Verdict Expected Thursday in Fatal Crane Collapse Case

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A verdict is expected Thursday in the manslaughter case stemming from a deadly crane collapse in Midtown two years ago.

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