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    FATALITY: NEW YORK CRAWLER CRANE COLLAPSE

    Dramatic video shows collapse of massive mobile crane

    A massive crawler crane has collapsed in New York causing the death of at least one person and injuring at least two others.

    The collapse happened along West Broadway early on Friday 5th February in the Tribeca neighbourhood with the crane filling the road and falling on numerous parked cars. The deceased was sitting in a parked car.

    It is understood that the contractor was in the process of lowering the crane due to the high winds shortly before the collapse. No workers were injured. The crane was being used to replace air conditioning equipment.

    All cranes in New York City have been ordered to be lowered after the incident.

    Jib stowage, boom angle and wind gusts may be relevant

    It has been reported by specialist website Vertikal that:

    “the crane was rigged with long boom and luffing jib. The jib was being lowered at the time that the crane went over, in preparation for it to be secured in the face of rising wind speeds – expected to exceed 25 mph, when it lost stability and overturned. We now understand that the wind had reached 18 mph when the crew started lowering the jib, however strong gusts – said be as high as 40mph – caused them to abandon the first effort and wait for the gusting to subside, it was on the second attempt that the incident occurred.

    The crane’s headache ball smashed its way into the offices of a law school, landing on a desk, thankfully the building was empty at the time. The operator, Kevin Reilly,56, is said to be highly experienced and familiar with the crane. He was declared free of any alcohol or drugs after a test shortly after he escaped from the cab. The cranes overload and information system is now being analysed.

    It looks though as the cause is likely to revolve around the sequence of jib stowage, boom angle and wind gusts at the time.”

     

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