Last Friday, residents and passersby were shocked and terrified when a towering 565-foot construction crane tumbled down in lower Manhattan. The accident occurred as, due to concerns about increasing winds, the crane operator was attempting to lower and secure the hulking boom and members of the construction crew were attempting to clear the streets of pedestrians and motorists.
A 38-year-old man was killed in the accident and three other members of the public were injured. City officials and the police continue to investigate factors that may have contributed to the crane's collapse. The accident prompted Mayor de Blasio to issue new temporary crane safety rules within the city and has cast a spotlight on the many dangers that construction equipment like cranes, derricks and hoists pose to workers and members of the public alike.