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Buildings Department investigating crane accident in Queens

A common sight one sees among the skyscrapers and other tall buildings that form the famous New York City skyline is the crane. These machines have the ability to lift heavy materials, industrial units and thick steel beams, making the construction of these buildings possible. However, cranes can also pose dangers to construction workers and innocent citizens if they are not cared for or operated in a proper manner. When a construction accident occurs that involves a crane, generally there is a great deal of damage and the risk of serious injuries and death is higher.

Buildings Department engineers were spotted at a crane-related construction accident that occurred recently. The engineers would not say if they found anything at the scene, but they were seen gathering evidence. The type of evidence is unknown, but it is suspected that the department is investigating the company that owns the crane.

Apparently, two workers were killed in 2008 by another crane belonging to the same company. A trial held in relation to that accident contained testimony from witnesses that the company had put workers at risk, but the owner was acquitted of the charges filed against him.

In 2012 alone, there were four crane accidents that happened in the New York City area, including one at the World Trade Center. Two people died as a result and several other construction workers were injured. The public safety chair on New York City's council has said that he would like to see this company banned from operating in the city. If this company is found to be responsible for the most recent accident, hopefully steps will be taken to prevent it from causing further risks to workers.

Source: WABC-TV "Investigation into crane company involved in accident," Jim Hoffer, Jan. 10, 2013

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