5 injured in Manhattan crane collapse, FDNY says

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By Dan Sears

Five people were injured after a crane collapsed at a construction site in Manhattan on Tuesday, FDNY officials said.

The crane collapsed at 3880 Ninth Ave., in Inwood, around 2:26 p.m., according to the authorities. All but one of the victims’ injuries were described as being minor – with one suffering serious, but not life-threatening injuries. No one was trapped at the site as of Tuesday afternoon, the FDNY said.

Members of the Fire Department and Department of Buildings – among other agencies – were investigating on-site.

“We are trying to make sure that the site at the moment – that is under emergency – is under control,” City Councilmember Carmen De La Rosa, who lives three blocks from where the incident occurred in her district, told Gothamist on Tuesday afternoon. “But also, checking in on other construction sites in the district to make sure that everything is secure and that we are in a good place.”

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The site has two open violations after a construction worker was also injured last month, according to DOB records.

The construction company – On Star Management LLC – is the subject of two open violations for failing to communicate the required safety information, according to DOB’s online database. The violations are the result of an incident in December in which a construction worker was injured at the site.

Management at On Star Management LLC did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment.

De La Rosa attributed the influx of construction sites in the area due to rezoning measures passed by the previous members of the City Council.

DeLaRosa, who also chairs the civil service and labor committee, said those injured on Tuesday are all construction workers.

She said that “accountability and transparency are important – especially for the construction companies and developers that are developing in our neighborhoods.”

“That area is under heavy construction at this moment – there are about three major housing development projects happening there all at once,” she said. “There are hundreds – thousands – of units being built there.”

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