A construction crane accident involving a crane that slipped on the south side of the WTC tower under construction caused some property damage, but no injuries recently. The accident occurred when a beam was being lifted on the south side of the World Trade Center.
The incident resulted in a number of shattered windows on the WTC building, and rained pieces of glass approximately 45 stories below. No investigations will be conducted because no injuries were caused in the accident. However, as a precaution, the three blocks around the WTC site were shut down. More than 60 firefighters responded to the scene of the accident, and managed to clear debris and glass from the ground.
According to the New York Fire Department, the accident was caused because the weight of the crane shifted while the beam was being lifted.
This was the second accident at the WTC site in just a few days. Just a few days earlier, a construction worker suffered injuries when he was impaled by a steel rod at the site. The worker had lost his footing, and fell on a steel rod. However, his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
The New York Department of Buildings has been particularly interested in crane safety in the city of New York, since a series of tower crane accidents 4 years ago caused several fatalities and focused nationwide attention on the state of crane safety in New York.
The New York crane accident lawyers at Godosky and Gentile represent crane operators, and other workers who have been injured in construction accidents in New York City.