CRANE COLLAPSES IN QUEENS, INJURING SEVEN WORKERS
Written By: Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, Ruffo & Giuffra LLP
By: Thamanna Hussain
An enormous construction crane collapsed in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens where a luxury complex is being built. Seven construction workers were injured and sent to area hospitals after the large crane collapsed at Center Boulevard and 46th Avenue. The crane is owned by the New York Crane and Equipment Corp., which is the same company that was associated with the 2008 fatal crane collapse killing two individuals on the Upper East Side. TF Cornerstone, one of several luxury buildings in the developer's complex, said that the subcontractor Cross Country Construction was building the tower and leased the crane from New York Crane.
The Department of Buildings (DOB) said inspectors were at the site investigating the angle the crane was operating at, and an ongoing investigation is under way to determine if the collapse was due to the fact that the load on it was too heavy. According to DOB records, the site has one open building violation, which involved a worker who tripped over a piece of rebar. Deputy Fire Chief Ferran stated that of the seven injured, three people had to be extricated from underneath the crane and suffered a range of injuries including broken bones.
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