40 Stories Above Manhattan’s West 57th Street, a Six-Ton Crane Load Stuck
13,000 Pound Crane Stuck Over Manhattan
One part of a busy Manhattan street was closed all day Monday because a 13,000-pound concrete cube was suspended above it on a stuck construction crane.
The crane reportedly got stuck at around 7 a.m. on Monday, according to a CBS News report from the scene at West 57th Street between 6th and 7th avenues. This is the same construction site — a high-rise apartment is being built here — that was shut down during and after Superstorm Sandy because another crane was suspended over the street.
Monday's weather wasn't nearly as treacherous but the city was under a tornado watch as the Northeast U.S. was battered with heavy winds and rain. CBS News reports that the concrete cube was to be risen to the roof of the apartment building under construction. It got stuck about 40 stories above the street. It took from 7 a.m. until about 3:30 p.m. to manually lower the heavy block to the street.
This is just the latest crane accident at a New York construction site. We've reported on many of these incidents in the past, including the crane collapse at this same site following Superstorm Sandy's impact on the city.
During these incidents, workers at the construction site and the public are in danger of suffering serious injuries or death. In many of these incidents, safety measures are often overlooked prior to the crane accidents and they often lead to mishaps at the construction site.