A crane accident killed two construction workers in Queens early Tuesday, November 22 afternoon.
According to officials, the accident took place at a construction site near 81-10 134th St. at about 12:20 p.m. One worker was posting a beam before it disengaged from the crane, striking the cab of the crane and a flag person. An FDNY spokesman reported that both workers were pronounced dead at the scene.
The construction was part of a residential development for a seven-story building, according to a poster at the construction site. Both the site contractor, Pay-LAK contracting and the owner of the development, Briarwood LLP declined to comment on the accident when contacted by media outlets.
Edwin Palacios, a 35-year-old resident of the building overlooking the construction site didn’t see the accident itself, but told AM NewYork about his prior concerns over the construction.
“Every time I pass down the hill in [my] car, I feel 'oh my God, it's not safe,” he said.
NYPD Deputy Chief George Healy commented that the department had not determined the cause of the accident, though the National Weather Service forecast sustained winds between 23 and 25 miles per hour with up to 36 miles per hour gusts for the day.
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration introduced safety regulations back in February that restricted when cranes were allowed to operate when strong winds posed a risk. According to the rules, crawler cranes must shut down their operation and enter a safety mode when either the crane measured or the weather forecasted sustained winds of more than 20 miles per hour or gusts exceeding 30 miles per hour.