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Construction Workers Injured in Queens Crain Collapse

Jan 11, 2013

A crane at a construction site near New York’s East River waterfront caused seven people to suffer injuries.

Three injured in the collapse were extricated from beneath the crane after the crane had collapsed. The incident was reported at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The crane was needed at the construction site. A new residential complex is slated to be built but was only in the initial stages.

Witnesses of the crane collapse said they heard a snap and then workers began screaming as the crane came down on top of them.

The most serious injuries, according to an Associated Press report on Wednesday, were suffered by people trapped beneath the collapsed crane. Some workers suffered broken bones. No injuries were life-threatening and no special equipment was needed to remove those trapped beneath the crane.

Construction workers had only managed to build a wood and metal skeleton of scaffold around the structure’s first floor. That all came crashing down when the crane cut through it.

The crane was only lifted to its previous site over the weekend. According to the AP report, the crane collapse was at the “site of a project for a 25-story apartment building under contract by TF Cornerstone, a residential and commercial real estate developer and property management company. The company said it was working with authorities to help determine what caused the crash.”

The crane in this latest incident was leased by a subcontractor at the construction site from the company, New York Crane and Equipment Corp. This is the same company that owned cranes involved in two crane collapses in 2008 in New York City, incidents which claimed nine lives, AP reports. The source also reports that one person was killed in April when a crane collapsed at the construction site of a new subway line.

This incident is only the latest crane collapse reported recently in New York City. During the recent Hurricane Sandy landfall, several foreign tourists were stranded in the country for a week as that crane sat dangling over city streets for several days before it could be safely lowered to the ground.

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