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A Hero Walks Among Us


Friday February 5 was a tragic day in Lower Manhattan, as a crane collapsed into a busy street below, endangering the lives of construction workers, motorists, pedestrians and neighborhood residents.

The outcome: One person killed. Three more injured.

Without the actions of a heroic crane operator, the outcome could have been much worse.

Crane Safety Recommendations Largely Ignored By The DOB

The Tribeca Crane Collapse has again made crane safety in New York City newsworthy. The tragic Crane collapse has brought to light the inexplicable apathy in which the Department of Buildings has prioritized worker safety and keeping people safe in and around construction work involving cranes. Specifically, 5 years ago there was a very forceful report that highlighted an enormous list of shortcomings with respect to how the Department of Buildings was handling crane safety in our city. The report made recommendations to make the work safer. The recommendations were largely ignored by the agency entrusted with overseeing construction work and safety.

Insurance Companies: Inspiring Classic Hits

In 1983, The Police had a smash hit with I'll Be Watching You. The song's lyrics could easily have been written about an insurance company:

Every breath you take and every move you make
Every bond you break, every step you take, I'll be watching you
Every single day and every word you say
Every game you play, every night you stay, I'll be watching you

Casino Bound Bus Crashes In Connecticut

A bus carrying upwards of 70 people flipped off of Interstate 95 in Connecticut during a snow storm that struck the northeast on Monday, February 8, 2016. At least 30 passengers were injured, several critically, but miraculously none were killed. The bus, owned by Dahlia Inc., and operated by VMC East Coast, left from New York City and was travelling toward the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville when the accident occurred. Emergency crews shut down the highway down for almost 4 1/2 hours before it reopened around 5 p.m., in time for the evening rush.

New Safety Rules After Fatal Crane Collapse

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is seeking to implement new safety rules only days after the tragic Tribeca Crane Collapse. Specifically, the mayor is reducing the wind-speed threshold at which such equipment, like a crawler crane, must be shut down.

That change is expected to take effect immediately. It is one of many new policies that the Mayor announced over the weekend as Department of Buildings and OSHA investigators continue to pour through evidence to try and determine the specific cause of this fatal accident. The changes also are being proposed as the city is facing intense scrutiny.

Tribeca Crane Collapse: Details Continue to Emerge

The Tribeca Crane Collapse investigation continues to develop. Currently, reports maintain that investigators are continuing to work with the theory that the windy conditions that morning caused this tragedy. Investigators are hoping to remove the more than 650,000 pound crane from the crowded streets of Tribeca. To do so, they will cut this massive machine into as many as 35 smaller pieces. This will allow life in downtown Manhattan to feel like it has returned to normal. But, this accident should forever change what the word 'normal' means in the construction industry.

Tragic Crane Accident In Tribeca

A tragic crane accident in Manhattan today is the latest in a string of noteworthy construction accidents in New York City. On the morning of Friday, February 5, 2016, one person was killed and two others seriously injured when an enormous crane collapsed in the Tribeca section of Lower Manhattan. Tragically, a bystander was killed when the crane fell on him. His name has not been released. The two injured people were taken to Bellevue Hospital where they are undergoing emergency treatment.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their family members.

Construction Worker Falls to His Death in Harlem

A 62-year-old construction worker fell to his death when he slipped and fell from a fire escape, causing him to plummet six stories down to the ground in the rear of 124 East 107th Street, East Harlem, New York. The victim was replacing the gutters of the building. Reports indicate that he was not utilizing a safety harness or any safety equipment while working at an elevated height. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who loved him.