October 8th, 2013
A construction site at 157 West 57th Street in New York City experienced a crane malfunction on October 7th, 2013.
As the crane was reaching hundreds of feet in the air, there was a mechanical malfunction, causing the cranes mechanisms to jam and its contents to become stuck. The load that the crane was carrying was dangling at the 20th floor at 9:30 am.
This incident, of course, resulted in the closures of two streets underneath to ensure the safety of the pedestrian traffic. Other proactive measures were taken to prevent any further issues, shutting off water and steam lines.
The more than 13,000 lb. load was successfully brought down from the building a few hours later. Streets were once again opened.
This location will soon be the tallest residential building in downtown New York city and as many big worksites experience, there have a been a few hiccups. Another crane incident happened at the same site, One57, a year ago during Hurricane Sandy.
Importance of Safety
The saying is- Its better to be safe than sorry. I completely agree. When it come to construction and the dangers that could arise, you need to take every precaution that there is. Shutting down water and steam lines and closing off streets is extremely necessary when dealing with a heavy machinery concern.
First and foremost, be safe! Wear all necessary protective gear. Harnesses, helmets, goggles, suits, gloves and much more is your first line of defense in the instance of an accident. It is important to be prepared.
Read up on materials pertaining to operating machinery. Stay up-to-date with OSHA training and educational programs. Be informed. Report your worksite if you feel as if you are working in an unsafe environment.
The most common construction accidents are slipping, falling and tripping. In fact 36% of construction deaths have been linked to these behaviors. Be sure that you are wearing the proper footwear and using harnesses or gates when appropriate.
Here are some resources you can look over that will detail the important safety features of some of our rental equipment- aerial lifts, excavators, forklifts, and skid steers.