A failure to allow the crane to weather vane would have increased the stress on the giant structure.
New York, New York (PRWEB) November 08, 2012
The high winds of Hurricane Sandy left a construction crane hanging off the top of a luxury high rise touted as New York City’s tallest building with residences. According to CBS News, the crane partially collapsed due to the wind gusts that were estimated at 90 to 100 mph. Engineers must also look into the position of the crane at the time it was hit by the powerful winds, said New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm.
A senior correspondent at CBS News reported that the crane was set to the "weather vane" position during the storm. Cranes in weather vane mode are designed to survive wind speed of 100 mph. Weather vane mode means the cranes have the ability to sway back and forth in the wind like a weather vane.
“A failure to allow the crane to weather vane would have increased the stress on the giant structure,” said Perecman. “Torque or twist caused by strong winds can bend and break steel.”
Cranes are designed with a weather vane mode so they do not need to be taken down in the event of high winds. There is a lot of time and cost involved in such an action, said CBS News.
“There is always the chance the winds were strong enough to collapse the crane even if the crane was set to the necessary position. The height of the construction project could have increased the vulnerability of the crane. All possibilities need to be scrutinized, so we can prevent this from happening again,” said David Perecman, the chair of the Construction Accident Committee of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and yearly lecturer on construction accident law.
Tower cranes are required to weather vane when out of service and be unobstructed a full 360°, according to the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO).
The most likely reasons a crane would not weathervane include a crane operator not initiating the mode and electrical or mechanical issues.
For more than 30 years, the construction accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm in New York have aggressively helped injured workers and-or their families obtain compensation following construction accidents in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident, medical malpractice, auto accident, personal injury, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York construction accident cases, including building and crane collapses. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
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