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Man Injured in TriBeCa Crane Collapse Plans To Sue City for $30M

A 73-year-old man who suffered spinal and skull fractures after a 565-foot crane in TriBeCa crashed down on him while he sat in his parked car last month is planning to sue the city for $30 million, claiming the city was negligent and reckless.

Thomas O’Brien filed a notice of claim against the city Friday — the first step in eventually suing the city — saying the city is responsible for the massive Feb. 5 collapse on Worth Street that left one man dead because of its “negligence, recklessness and carelessness” in overseeing the safety of the giant crawler crane.

“[The City] knew perfectly well that there were very high winds in the forecast,” said O’Brien’s lawyer Jonathan Damashek. “They knew this was a potentially dangerous crane and they should have taken down that crane early, and fully closed down the street.”

According to city officials, construction workers were trying to lower the Bay Crane Company crawler crane and secure it as 25 mph winds gusted through the area about 8:24 a.m., when it toppled over, sending its 565-foot-long arm smashing onto Worth Street stretching from West Broadway to Church Street.

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Department of Buildings officials had been at the site the day before the accident,officials said, and approved the work being done at 60 Hudson St. The crane had been extended to replace air conditioners and generators on the roof of the building, the former Western Union headquarters.

In the immediate aftermath of the collapse, Mayor de Blasio issued emergency  crane regulations in the city, calling for cranes to be secured when winds were forecast to consistently exceed 20 mph or when gusts were predicted to exceed 30 mph, while a special task force studied best practices for crane operations.

But less than two months after the change, the task force recommended relaxing the restrictions, allowing for cranes to once again operate at 30 mph winds — the city’s original limit — in what critics reportedly saw as a bow to pressure from construction companies.

The group also recommended that cranes unsafe to operate at 30 mph should not be allowed to be used at all.

In the notice of claim, first reported by the New York Daily News, O’Brien, who lives in Massachusetts, says he suffered spinal cord injuries and skull fractures when the crane crushed his car.

The enormous collapse killed 38-year-old Upper West Side man David Wichs and injured several others.

O’Brien’s lawyer said his client is still being evaluated for brain injuries and he may need surgery for his two spinal fractures.

Damashek said they also plan on suing the crane owner, its operator and the owner of 60 Hudson St.

A spokesman for the city law department said the city is reviewing the claim.

A DOB spokesman told DNAinfo New York in a statement that “the cause of the crane collapse on Worth Street remains under active investigation.”

The spokesman added that even though the city has “the most robust crane and construction regulations and inspection requirements in the country,” a task force investigating the accidents is slated to “propose additional best practices and regulations where necessary.”



Working at 1,000 feet!

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It’s safe to say that in this industry, workers need to be capable of operating under extreme conditions. This picture was taken from the 93rd floor of One World Trade Center in New York City. AN excerpt from the original article in July 2012 explains the details of this incredible production:

Over 1,000 feet above the streets of New York City, workers dangle precariously from a crane extending from the 93rd floor of One World Trade Center.

With nothing more than safety harnesses protecting them from a deadly fall, the brave workers operate at vertigo-inducing heights as the building approaches its topping out height of 1368 feet. Their awesome view extends across Manhattan island, with the Empire State Building visible in the distance, which One World Trade Center replaced as the tallest skyscraper in New York City in April of this year. A $3.8 billion replacement for the original World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, which were destroyed in the September 11th terrorist attacks of 2001, One World Trade Center’s steel skeleton extends above floor 104 and concrete is being added above the 93rd.

It was estimated that this month construction of the main structure would reach its expected 1,368 feet, leaving only the 408-foot-tall telecommunications spire to be installed, beginning this summer.  The daredevil workers are part of multiple teams working to install the concrete casing around the steel rivets as the building rises to its final height of 1,776 feet. Formerly called the Freedom Tower and located at the northwest corner of the original WTC site, the skyscraper is being constructed according to a revised design that was finalized in June 2005.

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