New York City had its third fatal crane accident in four years last week, when a 30-year-old man was killed and four others were injured in the incident near the Jacob Javits Center.
Michael Simermeyer died Tuesday when a 170-foot crane collapsed at the site where he was working, The construction project is work extending the No. 7 subway line on Manhattan’s West Side, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The huge crane was on level two of the three levels at the site, the paper reported. The crane’s boom broke into two pieces, one 40 feet and the other 80 feet, and crashed down.
The city Department of Buildings and the Police Department will investigate the accident, the newspaper reported.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority, which is building the subway extension, told The Inquirer that on Jan. 10 the city Buildings Department couldn’t finish its inspection of the work site because the crane was in operation. A follow-up inspection had been planned for Thursday.