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Construction remains on hold where crane collapsed


Jan. 28, 2013 By Bill Parry

Construction has yet to resume at the TF Cornerstone site where a crane collapsed earlier this month.

The crane tumbled into a heap at the 46th and Center Boulevard location (near the Pepsi sign) at about 2:20 p.m. on Jan. 9.  Seven workers were injured, none critically.

“TFC is now waiting for DOB [Buildings Department] to rescind the Stop Work Order so that work can continue at the site,” said a source very close to the matter.

However, in the interim, the Buildings Department has allowed cranes back onto the site. Those cranes have not been involved in construction.

“The Department of Buildings allowed TF Cornerstone to mobilize two hydraulic cranes for use in the disassembly and removal of the damaged crane, formwork and boilers,” sources said.

The Department of Buildings continues to investigate the initial incident. In its preliminary report, the DOB stated that “The operator was attempting to lift a load of 29,900 pounds — more than double the weight capacity for this particular crane.” The report added that the operator was also unable to see the materials being lifted.

New York Crane owns the rig that collapsed, as well as the two hydraulic cranes that are currently on site. A spokesman for the Maspeth-based company confirmed this information and said: “The two cranes that are there now are late model cranes.”

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