A huge metal crane that was toppled by Superstorm Sandy and left hanging precariously over the road was finally going back up Saturday.
A crane operator and a contractor didn’t inspect equipment, failed to take proper precautions and ran the rig unsafely before it collapsed while building a New York City apartment tower and injured seven construction workers, officials said Wednesday.
The neck of the 380-foot mobile crane crashed through the top of the wooden first floor of the site, officials said.
The crane that collapsed and terrified Midtown residents and visitors as it dangled over the road during Superstorm Sandy has been rebuilt by an area hotel in gingerbread form, according to a published report.
The incident happened at 438 W. 38th Street at Dyer Avenue, near the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel around 8:45 a.m. No injuries were reported.
West 57th Street in Midtown has reopened to pedestrian traffic, with the crane that collapsed during Superstorm Sandy now secured.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Saturday urged everyone who might need shelter to seek it out as the temperature drops, and slammed the Long Island Power Authority for not attending more promptly to outages in the Rockaways.
The crane had been blown over on Monday as winds from Sandy began picking up. The rig’s arm dangled precariously and forced evacuations in the thick of the storm.
The top of the crane, about 75-stories up, could be seen dangling down from next to the luxury building.
Residents had filed complaints but didn’t realize how serious the situation was until they came home Tuesday to find that doors were no longer closing properly.
The building inspector who didn’t check a cable involved in a crane collapse last week was the same one who performed the inspection on a crane involved in a fatal accident in 2008.
The MTA said that all work on the site of the crane collapse has been suspended until further notice as officials from the Department of Buildings, OSHA, NYPD and the District Attorney’s office investigate.
Lomma is accused of making inferior repairs to a crane to save money and prosecutors say he failed to take steps to ensure the repair was sound.
The Fire Department says some of the beams fell on an unoccupied trailer. A construction worker nearby was looked at by emergency responders, but was not taken to the hospital.
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