Construction season is upon us, in most places of the U.S. Our spring and summer commutes will be slowed by the work being done on the roads and buildings around us. While it might be easy for the public to get annoyed by construction, it's also important to recognize the workers who truly risk their lives in order to improve our communities.
The fact that construction work is a life risk is proven all of the time, very recently in a fatal crane accident in New York. A 30-year-old man was working on a subway project when things went awry. His everyday work proved deadly, as a cable in a crane snapped and led to his death, as well as the injuries to a few other workers.
Sources report that the investigation thus far as revealed a case of bad timing. According to reports, an inspector from the Department of Buildings tried to evaluate the crane during a routine inspection in January. However, because the crane was reportedly in use, the inspection needed to be rescheduled. The inspection was supposed to take place yesterday, a mere two days since the fatal construction accident happened.
Upon inspection, defects were found in the crane's hoisting system. Because those defects potentially caused the cable to snap, it's only natural to get frustrated that the inspection of the crane didn't happen sooner. It's not adequate to look only at the DOB regarding the postponed inspection. Crane operators also have a legal responsibility to inspect the cranes on an everyday basis.
It would appear that the ball was dropped with regards to safety at the subway construction site. The victim's family is reportedly looking to seek justice as a result of their loss. This isn't the only safety issue that's related to the construction company responsible for work that went wrong, so officials are taking this recent incident seriously.
Source: New York Post, "Collapsed crane's cables went unchecked in January inspection," Jennifer Fermino, Georgett Roberts and Bill Sanderson, April 6, 2012