Yesterday two construction workers were killed and five others were injured when a portion of a crane fell 30 stories at a Miami high-rise condominium. The 20-foot portion of the crane that fell smashed through a nearby home being used by the contractor for storage. One worker inside the home was killed. With the terrible Manhattan crane collapse only ten days ago, the all too familiar scene has left the nation rattled and many Americans asking questions about the safety of cranes.
The March 15 collapse of a crane in Manhattan left seven dead and injured many more injured. The 18-story collapse crushed one townhouse and damaged at least seven other buildings. New York authorities have enacted new guidelines that now require a build inspector to be on site whenever a crane is raised or lowered within the city.
This week an attorney representing the family of one of the construction workers who perished in the Manhattan collapse announced plans to sue the city of New York for $30 million, alleging that negligence played a role in the catastrophic accident. Lawsuits will likely surface in the coming months regarding yesterday’s tragic crane accident as well.