Falling air conditioner unit injures 10 in NYC construction accident
As a crane was unloading an air conditioning unit at a New York City office building on June 1, the air conditioner detached and plummeted 28 stories to the sidewalk below, according to an ABC 7 news report.
Ten people were injured due to the falling unit, including five pedestrians, two construction workers, one firefighter, and two New York Police Department officers.
Reports indicate the floor buckled, causing the air conditioning unit to fall. The cause of the floor shaking is still unknown. Authorities believe the weight of the unit was too heavy, or there was a defect in the construction of the floor.
The air conditioning unit hit several exterior parts of the building during its fall. Debris littered the streets below, with many large pieces damaging cars and other property. The cloud of dust caused by the accident caused several blocks of the city to be shut down for hours while crews began the clean-up process.
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