Just before noon today, a crane accident at a construction site on East 44th Street resulted in
the fall and subsequent death of one worker (h/t Gawker). The site, at 219 East 44th Street as per CBS, is where New York's 35-story Even Hotel is rising. Media has flocked to the scene, and it sounds grisly. The FDNY has not yet officially stated what caused the accident. In an ironic twist to this tragic accident, on Wednesday the Wall Street Journal published a story on the startling regularity of construction accidents. Most prominently, a pedestrian died after being hit by a piece of plywood blown off from a Greenwich Village condo development. Even so, when you include the risk to workers as well as bystanders, the problem intensifies:
Correction, apparent cable snap caused crane failure NOT hydraulic. Nothing confirmed.— Angelo Caccio (@archigelo) April 24, 2015
Crane collapse at 44th, police putting up sheets to block photogs and gawkers. Awful. pic.twitter.com/KDg9ka6CXA— SixSpeedsSwiftly (@Driveswift) April 24, 2015
The hotel is designed by Peter Poon and developed by Raber Enterprises. The most recent building permits were issued on March 12, 2015. Here's the Department of Buildings filing on what'll be inside the hotel.
Reporters at the accident scene are documenting what they see on social media. Warning: slightly more graphic tweets below.
Grisly warning:the white sheet at the center of the photo is the victim.Eyewitness said his head was crushed pic.twitter.com/lQOsX4MI6N— James Ford (@jamesfordtv) April 24, 2015
Grisly warning 2: Eyewitness at the crane collapse said he saw the victim with his phone still in his hand,& his head covered in blood.— James Ford (@jamesfordtv) April 24, 2015
· Around New York Building Sites, a Little-Known Threat [WSJ]
· Accidents coverage [Curbed]
· Construction Accidents coverage [Curbed]