Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Crane Inspections Reveal Problems at 3 Downtown Sites

Tourists aren’t the only ones in Lower Manhattan tilting their heads back and looking skyward. In the aftermath of the tower crane collapse on E. 51st St. which killed seven people, cranes citywide are receiving renewed scrutiny, not just from the city but also from residents.

“One can’t help but think about what just happened,” said Esther Regelson, who lives at 109 Washington St.

Beside her building, the W New York-Downtown, a 57-story hotel and condo tower, is rising at 123 Washington St. Last week, the Department of Buildings stopped work on the project and issued a violation to subcontractor Century Maxim Construction Corporation for a pin missing from the tower crane’s base.

“I do look up and worry,” Regelson said. “Who’s overseeing this? If that crane fell, it would fall on our building.”

The missing cotter pin, a steel peg that is inserted into a hole in the crane’s I-beam, serves to stop larger pins from rolling out, said Carly Sullivan, D.O.B. spokesperson. The Buildings Department inspector stayed on site until the pin was replaced. Read Full Story

1 comment:

  1. New York City DOB needs to hire more inspectors to catch the bad contractors out their.

    So they can protect the citzens and the workers.

    Work Safe.


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