Two Construction Workers Die in Latest New York Crane Collapse
A huge construction crane on an Upper East Side high-rise condominium tower in New York City collapsed this morning, killing the crane operator and a worker on the ground, and seriously injuring another worker.
The collapse is the third deadly crane incident in recent months. On March 15, a 300-foot construction crane collapsed—also in Manhattan—and killed six construction workers and an out-of-town visitor. On March 25 in Miami, a 20-foot section of a construction crane tumbled 30 stories to the ground, killing two workers and injuring five others.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that between 64 and 82 construction workers are killed and 263 are injured working around cranes and derricks each year. But OSHA has failed to issue a crane and derrick safety standard, despite the urging of both industry and unions.