What Must Change to Make NYC Crane-Safe
The acquittal of crane owner James F. Lomma on criminal charges related to a 2008 crane collapse in New York City leaves the public's opinion of crane safety in the cramped, complicated city very much in doubt. Some owners and contractors have not shown they are capable of operating cranes safely without serious accident for a sustained period of time. The extreme density of Manhattan requires extra precautions.
According to ENR, next year, the city will require nationally accredited testing as part of licensure for all crane operators, which was one of the recommendations in the multimillion-dollar "High-Risk Construction Oversight" study the city commissioned in 2009. CTL Engineers & Construction Technology Consultants, P.C. played a significant role in the study, as outlined in this project profile.