NYC Buildings Department hosts international crane safety conference
October 24, 2008 – New York City (NYC) Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri hosted an international conference on crane safety with more than 50 construction and public safety experts from the United States, Canada, and the UK in attendance.
According to a Department of Buildings release, the conference was held at office headquarters in downtown Manhattan in an effort to develop “an ongoing worldwide dialogue among responsible parties in the crane industry, including government regulators, crane owners, manufacturers, operators, contractors, engineers, and riggers."
Commissioner LiMandri proposed plans for a future safety summit with major crane manufacturers. "We each represent different cities, states, and countries, but we are all facing the same challenge--how to make cranes safer," said Commissioner LiMandri.
So far this year, nine people have died in New York City tower crane accidents.
NYC crane accidents in 2008
While the fatality rate in the construction industry declined in 2007 to 1,178 (from 1,239 in 2006), the industry experiences more fatalities per work event than any industry in the private sector, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. This year, fatal tower crane accidents in New York City occurred:
March 15 -- A 40-year-old operating engineer was one of seven people killed when a towering construction crane ripped free of a condominium high-rise in Midtown Manhattan.
May 30 -- A 30-year-old crane operator was killed in the cab of a 200-foot-high crane when it popped off its mast and plummeted onto a Manhattan street.
September 4 -- Another workman died just last month when he fell from a 40-story tower-crane platform at 600 West 42nd Street.
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