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A crane hoisting a 13,500-pound concrete counterweight malfunctioned in Midtown Manhattan, reported The New York Times (10.7.13). The problem occurred at One57, the same building that was the scene of the Hurricane Sandy crane accident. The breakdown reminded many people of the dangers involved with heavy construction equipment, said David Perecman, founder of theThe Perecman Firm, a New York construction accident law firm with offices on 57th Street in Manhattan.
“You don’t have to be a construction worker to be hurt by a crane. Crane accidents don’t only put construction workers at risk,” said Perecman.
The load was left hanging for several hours approximately 30 stories above West 57th Street, between Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue, after the crane stalled. Authorities closed a one-block stretch to vehicular traffic while the problem was being rectified, according to The New York Times.
Workers succeeded in lowering the load to the ground manually, The New York Times reported. During Hurricane Sandy an 80-mile-per-hour gust of wind almost sent a crane’s boom plunging down from One57 to the city streets below. After the storm, a new crane was erected so work could continue on the building, The New York Times said.
“First and foremost, we’re glad the incident was resolved and no one was injured,” said Perecman.
The New York Times article cited is “57th Street Reopened After Crane Malfunction in Midtown.”
For more than 30 years, the construction accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm in New York have aggressively helped victims of crane accidents obtain compensation for their injuries. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a crane accident or other serious accident in New York, contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.