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Extreme weather put New Yorkers at risk of crane accident

The storm notoriously known as Sandy has passed but also has left behind significant damage. From fallen trees to destroyed buildings to even death, New York is in recovery mode because of the storm. Another sign that the storm was here dangles from an up-and-coming apartment high-rise in Manhattan.

When it became clear that New York was in for some serious damage, local construction jobs were to be put on hold. Stopping work was necessary to keep construction workers from being injured in construction accidents due to the volatile weather. Still, construction-related risks threatened New Yorkers once Sandy passed.

On Monday, a crane atop the One57 high-rise partially collapsed and sat dangling over the city. While people were relieved to have survived the storm, above them dangled the threat of getting hurt by a crane collapsing on top of them. People in nearby buildings were evacuated to avoid possible injury should the crane collapse further.

Thus far, officials suggest that no wrongdoing led to the crane collapse; cranes are meant to survive strong winds which is why the crane remained on the building despite the impending storm. This matter (the image of which is quite terrifying) highlights the dangers of construction in New York, both to workers and pedestrians.

Thank goodness no workers were working on One57 at the time of or soon after the storm. If the crane couldn't make it in one piece, then construction workers surely would have fallen victim to construction injuries.

The investigation continues into the state of the crane and why the collapse happened. If officials find that wrongdoing actually did contribute to the collapse, then the company responsible for the equipment could be cited and punished for safety violations.

Source: U.S. Business News, "Dangling Crane Draws New Attention to Luxury Tower," Paul O'Donnell, Oct. 30, 2012

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