A crane accident that happened in the Turtle Bay section of Manhattan just before noon on April 24 claimed the life of one construction worker, Time Warner Cable News reported.
According to the report, the crane collapse happened near East 44th Street and Second Avenue. Authorities said the boom crane truck Trevor Loftus was driving experienced a mechanical malfunction, prompting him to get out of the vehicle to check it out. While inspecting the equipment, the crane fell down and crushed him.
The NYC’s Department of Buildings has issued a stop-work order while authorities investigate the incident. Authorities believe that the incident was caused by a hydraulics malfunction and not by any building issue.
Trevor Loftus was an Irish immigrant living in Yonkers. Neighbors of Trevor were shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic, unexpected loss. “I can’t believe that one day, you go to work and you’re not here anymore,” one of his neighbors said.
On Monday afternoon a crane at a luxury high-rise in Manhattan collapsed due to the powerful winds associated with Hurricane Sandy. The crane posed a serious threat to surrounding buildings and people in the area due to the fact that it was situated 90 stories above ground.
Evacuation of the areas near the collapsed crane took place immediately after the construction accident. The strong storm winds did not allow contractors or city officials to gain access to the crane after the incident unfolded.
The New York City mayor revealed that the process of securing the crane to the $1.5 billion building will take several days, and will require construction workers to construct another crane on top of the one already in place in order to completely remove it. As of right now, no injuries have been reported as a result of this collapse, and the last reported inspection of the crane was performed on Friday, October 26.
Serious injuries can be the direct result of falling objects in an unsecured area. If you have been injured in a construction accident, please contact the construction accident lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP by calling 212-779-0057 today to discuss your case in further detail.