12 people were injured in a New York City crane collapse on Wednesday, July 26, 2023. All of the injured individuals were taken to area hospitals. As of Wednesday afternoon, all of those injured in the New York City crane collapse were determined to have non-life-threatening injuries. The names of the injured people have not been released. However, it is known that nine of those hospitalized as a result of the crane collapse were construction workers and members of the public in the vicinity of the equipment. Three of those harmed were firefighters called to the scene of the construction site accident. The crane collapse occurred at a construction site located at 10th Avenue and 41st Street.
Investigators Determine Cause of New York City Crane Collapse
The catastrophic incident occurred at the construction site when the crane in question was lifting 16 tons of concrete, according to New York Fire Department Deputy Commissioner Joseph W. Pfeifer. While the concrete load was being lifted, the crane’s engine caught fire. The reason the fire erupted in the engine has not yet been confirmed.
The fire quickly caused the crane to lose its strength, resulting in its collapse. The operator attempted to extinguish the blaze. The crane operator quickly became overwhelmed by the fire. Fortunately, the crane operator was able to evacuate the cab and get to safety before the complete collapse of the equipment.
During the collapse, the crane struck and damaged a building across the street from the construction site. Ultimately, the bulk of the crane collapsed onto the street.
Massive Emergency Response to NYC Crane Fire and Collapse
The emergency response to this NYC crane collapse was massive. Over 200 firefighters and other EMTs were called to the scene of the accident. There is considerable agreement among the emergency personnel that the fact that there were no fatalities is surprising considering the nature and scope of the crane collapse.
New York City Crane Collapse Statistics
Unfortunately, New York City crane collapse accidents are recurring and deadly. Some basic statistics aid in putting these types of construction site accidents into perspective.
From 2000 to 2020, there were 25 crane collapses in New York City. These incidents resulted in a total of 11 fatalities and 59 injuries. The causes of the collapses varied, including equipment failure, operator error, and extreme weather conditions.
The majority of these collapses occurred in Manhattan, with 16 incidents. The remaining 9 incidents took place in other boroughs, including Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.
The year with the most crane collapses was 2008, with three incidents. These included the collapse of a crane in midtown Manhattan in March of that year, which resulted in seven fatalities, and the collapse of a crane in the Upper East Side in May, causing two fatalities.
In 2008, two crane collapses occurred in Manhattan, killing a total of 9 people.
In 2016, a crane collapse in Tribeca killed one person and injured three others. The incident occurred during the construction of a luxury apartment building and was caused by high winds that exceeded the crane’s safety limits.
Protect Your Legal Rights After a New York City Crane Collapse
If you or a loved one have been injured in a New York City crane collapse, or a similar construction site accident anywhere in the United States, the legal team at The Doan Law Firm is here for you. A nationwide law firm, we can schedule an initial consultation with a experienced New York City crane collapse lawyer at our offices in Manhattan, at your home, at the hospital, or at any location that is convenient for you. In addition, we can schedule a virtual case evaluation for you online as well. You can schedule an initial consultation with a dedicated crane collapse lawyer from our firm by calling us any time of the day or night at (800) 349-0000. There is no fee for an initial consultation with a Doan Law Firm crane collapse attorney.
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