On the eve of Thanksgiving, two workers lost their lives in the latest incident in a series of fatal crane-related accidents in New York over recent years. One of the ways in which the city tries to prevent construction accidents is to prohibit the use of cranes when winds reach a certain strength; however, nobody seems to be sure whether the wind speed was just below or just over the limit on the fateful Tuesday. Until proved otherwise, authorities cite equipment failure as the cause of the fatalities.
Reportedly, a 47-year-old crane operator hoisted a 6,500-pound steel I-beam into place on a six-story building when the massive beam inexplicably detached and came crashing down. It fell onto the crane cab and a 43-year-old father of three who was the flagman. Both workers died on impact. The incident occurred shortly after midday, but it took rescue workers more than four hours to extricate the remains of the crane operator from the crushed cab.