Cause of deadly NY crane collapse under investigation

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A huge construction crane being lowered to safety in a snow squall plummeted into a Lower Manhattan street Friday, killing a person in a parked auto and leaving three people wounded by debris that scattered as the rig's lengthy boom fell, officials said. A fourth person suffered minor injuries.

The mobile crane boom also landed at the intersection, which also smashed vehicle roof and also stretched to a bigger block after the completion of the accident at the historic building in lower Manhattan which was about 10 blocks north of the World Trade Center.

The moment the crane tumbled onto Worth Street was captured on video by an electrician working in a nearby building. "They were in the process of securing the crane". New York City was under a winter weather advisory yesterday morning, with sustained winds of 16 to 18 miles per hour and gusts at higher speeds. It could provide some clues as to why the 565-foot-long boom toppled to the ground Friday morning in lower Manhattan.

The mayor said a construction crew was directing people away from the area as the crane was being lowered Friday. Many streets have been closed and multiple gas leaks were found and turned off. A leaking water main was shut down. Several minutes prior to the accident, construction workers had been deployed to divert pedestrians and cars from the area.

The crane's operator passed a drug and alcohol test, Esposito said.

But the mayor said that the city's Department of Buildings had taken an initial look into both Galasso and Bay Crane, and there were no reports of recent negative activity, "At this point we believe they have been doing their work effectively, but there will be a full investigation", he said.

The recommendations included requiring the use of black boxes to record data from crane operations, tighter rules on inspection of bolted connections on cranes, putting technical advisers on site during crane assembly and other measures.

Flatbed trucks were brought in by Bay Crane to help remove the structure.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer issued a statement on Friday criticizing the buildings department for not implementing certain safety improvements.

It was the first deadly crane accident in 2008 when there were two deadly incidents. A seventh was injured but managed to survive.

A spokesman for the owners of a NY building where a crane collapse killed a man says they're "saddened" by what happened. The accident was reported around early Friday in the Tribeca neighborhood.

The Department of Buildings said it implemented numerous recommendations and there is more oversight of cranes than ever before.

Crain's Business noted in an article on New York City construction deaths last year that "a review of city records shows that construction sites are less safe today than they were seven years ago, when the pace of building was on par with the current booming market".

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