New York City implements new crane safety plan following deadly accident

The plan includes restrictions on crawler cranes during windy conditions.

February 16, 2016 |
New York City implements new crane safety plan following deadly accident

Photo: Clive Darra/Creative Commons

New York City has implemented a four-point construction crane safety plan following a deadly crane collapse.

The plan includes new restrictions on crawler cranes during windy conditions, doubling fines for operators who don't follow safeguards, beefing up pedestrian safety measures near crane sites, and better notifying buildings located near crane activity.

A crane collapsed in downtown Manhattan Feb. 5, killing one pedestrian and injuring three others. The crane had been inspected by the Department of Buildings the day prior to the collapse.

After the accident, 376 other crawler cranes and 43 tower cranes throughout the city were ordered to be checked for safety. The incident was reportedly the first crane collapse in New York City since 2008.

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