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    TOWER CRANE FATAL FALL

    Crane rigger falls 400ft from New York tower crane

    A construction worker has fallen some 400 feet to his death whilst lowering a tower crane at a construction project on the West Side of Manhattan. It is the latest in a series of high-rise accidents in recent months and the third fatal accident involving cranes in New York City.

    The deceased is reported to have been working on a 20-foot working platform attached to the crane some 40 floors up. One investigator has stated that the platform ’tilted’ and he lost his footing. He was wearing a safety harness, but it was not attached to the structure. The authorities are also trying to determine whether the platform was properly anchored. It may have been secured at only two points instead of four.

    Comment: This incident is a reminder that the hazards arising from the use of tower cranes include falls from height as well as the possibility of cranes overturning. The precautions will usually comprise a combination of safe working platforms and fall arrest systems. Whatever precautions are specified a meticulous attention to detail during implementation is needed at all times.   

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