Crane safety inspection results released

April 17, 2008 12:42:32 PM PDT
In the wake of the deadly crane collapse last month on East 51st street, Buildings Commissioner Patricia Lancaster on Thursday announced the completion of the department's citywide safety inspection sweep of tower cranes. The results of the safety inspection sweep, launched days after the crane collapse, show that 21 of 29 tower cranes installed and in use throughout the five boroughs passed inspection and are in compliance with regulations.

The eight tower cranes issued violations were immediately shut down and remained out of operation until the violations were corrected.

Violations for seven of the tower cranes have been corrected, and one of the tower cranes issued a stop work order remains shut down by the Department.

"The public can rest assured that the majority of the tower cranes did pass inspection, but our inspectors uncovered eight tower cranes with unacceptable violations," Lancaster said. "The Buildings Department shut down these cranes and required the individuals responsible to immediately address the violating conditions."

Since the safety inspection sweep was announced on March 20, all tower cranes installed and in use citywide have been inspected and evaluated for structural deficiencies.

A total of 29 tower cranes were inspected at 26 construction sites. Each tower crane inspection lasted an average of four hours and included a visual review of the crane's structure to determine whether it was installed and secured to the building according to the approved engineering plans.

Additionally, buildings inspectors visually inspected the cranes' parts and tested the functionality of each structure, which included a review of boom, load, and swing functions. Inspectors also tested the safety devices, such as audible and visual warning signals, anti-two block devices and boom hoist safety shut-offs on the tower cranes to determine whether they were working properly.

New Yorkers are encouraged to call 311 to report non-compliant conditions or 911 to report emergencies at construction sites.