A crane accident in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City has left six people injured, including four civilians and two firefighters. Despite the severity of the accident, the New York Fire Department (NYFD) reported no fatalities and confirmed all injuries as non-life-threatening.
Late Wednesday morning, firefighters responded to a distress call from a construction site on 10th Avenue and 41st Street, where a crane’s engine had caught fire. According to NYFD Deputy Commissioner Joseph W. Pfeifer, the crane operator initially tried to put out the flames but found the fire too overwhelming. The operator managed to escape the scene unharmed.
Social media videos capture the chaotic scene when the crane came crashing down. By the time firefighters arrived, the crane, burdened by a 16-ton load of concrete, had already collapsed due to the fire’s damage. The falling crane caused significant physical destruction at the site.
Over 200 fire and EMS personnel swiftly responded to the accident, providing emergency medical services and working to secure the area. Pfeifer said in a press briefing the crane’s cable system was likely weakened by the flames, leading to the collapse. A full investigation into the crane accident is underway, with officials now tasked with determining the exact cause of the fire and subsequent collapse.
Authorities are also working closely with a team of engineers to assess the structural integrity of the affected building. With safety as the paramount concern, the analysis will inform the way forward for the construction project.
This crane accident underscores the potential dangers of working with heavy machinery and the importance of constant vigilance on construction sites. Quick action from the crane operator and the fast response of the NYFD undoubtedly helped to prevent an already severe incident from becoming a fatal disaster. Every city in the U.S. should take note of their valiant efforts.
Deldar Legal assists victims of crane accidents and represents their best interests when working with insurance companies and government entities. If you’re a construction worker or a civilian on the street and you get injured in a situation like the one that occurred in Hell’s Kitchen, you may need a personal injury attorney to handle your case. Feel free to call us at (844) 335-3271 or contact us online.
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