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Crane collapse in NYC takes one life and injures other

Photos from Lower Manhattan this morning are shocking. The twisted metal wreckage of the 565-foot boom between Hudson and Church Streets looks like something out of an apocalypse-type movie. The impact of the boom even caused leaks to gas and water mains in the area.

The boom toppled over onto Worth Street in the midst of the busy morning commute at about 8:30 a.m. this morning. The falling metal structure took the life of one person who was waiting in a parked car. At least 15 other people suffered injuries from falling debris according the early reports.

A true tally of all the people who suffered injury from this crane collapse is still unknown.

What went wrong?

The New York Times reports that the Buildings Department inspected the crawler crane on Thursday morning and approved the extension. The crane was part of a project to replace roof top generators and air-conditioning units.

An electrician working in a nearby building told the New York Times he saw the crane shaking. He blamed it on the snow and wind.

The city ordered other construction projects across the city to secure all 376 crawler cranes and some 43 larger tower cranes, according to Mayor Bill De Blasio.

Blustery winds this morning may have contributed to the collapse. Yet project managers and crane operators should be aware of weather conditions that can affect a project. It is unclear why the extension received the go-ahead on a windy day.

The right to sue for relief

Workers or pedestrians who suffer an injury in a crane collapse have the right to sue the company or individual responsible for such a devastating event. Life can change in the blink of an eye. When it happens because of the negligence of another person, remedies are available to cover medical expenses, lost wages as well as pain and suffering.

To protect your family and learn about possible remedies, speak with one of our skilled personal injury attorneys immediately.

Source: New York Times, "Crane Collapse in Lower Manhattan Kills One Person," Al Baker, Emma Fitzsimmons and Rick Rojas, Feb. 5, 2016

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