November's deadly crane accident in Queens has put crane safety in the spotlight. Two workers were killed when a crane cable snapped and dropped a 6,500-pound steel beam four stories. While the city continues to investigate, possible causes include cable failure due to the weight; also, the fatal accident occurred on a windy day, so weather may have been a factor.
After the accident, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said that the council is concerned about the high rate of crane accidents, which have taken too many lives in New York. It leaves many asking why cranes are still so dangerous for construction workers.
Just two of many deaths this year
This tragic accident marks the second crane incident that has caused fatalities this year in New York City. These deaths are just a fraction of the total every year in the country. Crane accidents were involved in 25 deaths last year in the U.S., according to OSHA.