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.
Imagine a world in which every single week, a passenger jet crashed in the United States. Dozens are killed in each crash, with the rest of the passengers injured and hundreds more hurt on the ground. How long do you think that could continue, week after week, before the government launched major investigations and new safety procedures?
The Stack isn't a pile of flapjacks at a New York City diner. It is instead the name of a seven-story modular apartment building at Manhattan's north tip. The structure is billed as the first of its kind in the city; a stack of modular units that offer potential renters a variety of floor plans and features.
For a seriously injured worker, the effects of a construction accident last long after machines have been repaired and construction resumed. A New York City man's recovery from a serious crane accident shows the mental and physical challenges that injured workers face when they are recovering from accidents.
It might seem like there is always a construction project going on in New York City. With so many reconstruction, demolition and remodeling projects happening throughout the area, safety should be a top priority. Unfortunately, recent reports indicate that this is not the case. In fact, construction accidents in New York have jumped more than 30 percent between 2011 and 2012. This increase in accidents has also resulted in 46 percent more injuries during the same time period.
A company that built a bridge has been found responsible for multiple violations that put the safety and lives of workers on the site at risk. The construction accident caused a portion of the bridge consisting of a concrete section that was prefabricated to fall, striking some railroad tracks below, as well as inflicting minor injuries to four workers on duty at the time. Construction sites in New York and elsewhere are dangerous places, and it is just lucky that the injuries were not worse.