Cracks found in crane's turntable

DOB orders crane to be taken down
June 20, 2008 4:28:02 PM PDT
Workers are dismantling a high-rise crane under orders from the NYC Department of Buildings today in Lower Manhattan after an inspector found cracks in the crane's turntable. According to the DOB, the crane, a Kodiak, is the same make and model as in one of the two deadly crane accidents earlier this year. What's more, according to the agency, the cracks were found on the same mechanism, although not in the same location, as the crane that collapsed last month on the Upper East Side.

Although these cracks did not immediately threaten the stability of the crane, a DOB spokeswoman said, the crane was being taken down as a precaution. No evacuations were ordered and the street has not been shut down.

The crane was being used to construct the new W New York Downtown Hotel at 123 Washington Street, one block south of the former World Trade Center site.

The story was first reported in today's editions of the New York Daily News.

STORY BY: Eyewitness News Long reporter N.J. Burkett