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Cranes collapsed as storm raged: are new regs needed?

Images of raging winds and torrential rain filled the news in recent days as we in New York City watched Hurricane Irma pummel Florida. One of the videos that made an especially strong impression was from Miami, where a construction crane spun out of control atop a high-rise. News reports indicated that two cranes collapsed in Miami, sending debris onto the empty streets below. A crane in nearby Fort Lauderdale also reportedly collapsed during the ferocious storm. For those in the construction industry, the reports were reminders of the several deadly New York City crane collapses in recent years. 

Construction worker expected to recover from being "rolled over"

At first glance, some people might find humor in the story. After all, a construction worker was using a portable toilet on a work site when a dump truck driver "rolled over" him, according to a newspaper report.All possible humor vanishes, however, when more details of the incident are revealed. The injured construction worker has a collapsed right lung, multiple fractures of his pelvis and possible internal bleeding. The 28-year-old worker was in just his second day on the job at the billion-dollar Louis Armstrong Airport expansion project in New Orleans.

New York road construction work starting to slow

It happens every year: New York roadway construction picks up in the spring and slows down in fall. Though road work slows down at this time of year, the remaining job sites are just as dangerous as ever for workers and drivers alike.

Construction worker hit, killed by 30,000-pound concrete slab

Few things are as tragic and difficult for people to accept as the premature death of a loved one. The sudden and unexpected loss of a dear friend or a family member can shake us to the core. Those were the emotions rolling through those who gathered recently for the funeral of a 49-year-old construction worker killed in an on-site accident. One of the mourners described the accident victim as an "authentically, genuinely, joyful, kind person."

Manhattan construction worker killed; debate over safety law heats up

Few of us have achieved all we wanted to get done, been to all the places we've wanted to visit or acquired all the knowledge we sought by the time we're 22 years old. It is tragic when life is cut short at that age.New York City media reports that a 22-year-old worker died when he fell down an elevator shaft at a Manhattan construction site. The Yonkers man was working at a 52-story building being erected at 281 Fifth Avenue, officials said. The tower is scheduled for completion in two years, NBC reports.

Alarms are ringing for construction worker safety in New York City

New York City has recently experienced a building boom. While construction soars, a concerning side effect seems to only be getting worse: worker injuries and fatalities. The death of two construction workers last month in Queens was the final straw for the New York City Council. Recently, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito spoke in favor of reforming the city's construction safety rules.

Why are crane accidents still causing so many worker fatalities?

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.

The 4 most deadly hazards on construction sites

There's no disputing it; being a construction worker is a dangerous job. Whether you are working with heavy machinery or high atop scaffolding, you are always one slip-up away from suffering a serious - and possibly life-threatening - injury.

Safety violations identified at NYC construction site where worker was impaled

A building in Manhattan's Flatiron district, which is in the process of being converted into condos, was recently the scene of a horrific accident in which a construction worker was critically injured. According to the Department of Buildings, the construction accident occurred when the worker "fell from a ladder as he was installing sheetrock overhead on a ceiling frame."

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