In the wake of the Turtle Bay crane collapse that left 7 dead and a number of buildings devastated and damaged, The Daily News has a map showing serious crane accidents from the past three years and an investigation about crane accidents have risen.


In 2006, there were 19 crane accidents, and there were 29 in 2007, like a foreman "dismantling a crane...[suffering] five broken ribs and internal injuries" in Midtown and a worker being killed by "a pile of construction material" that fell on him. The News says "fines are typically low and punishment haphazard."

The Department of Buildings says it will inspect 250 currently cranes in use somehow with only two inspectors. Related: The NY Times speaks to residents who live near yards where cranes are stored.