New York, NY (PRWEB) September 10, 2008
A series of crane-related construction accidents -- including one on Sept. 4 at 600 West 42nd Street that killed a construction worker -- has left New York City residents, workers and visitors scared and skeptical of the safety of many of the construction sites they pass every day on the streets of Manhattan. Revelations about unanswered complaints, safety violations and the lack of adequate inspection and permitting have all contributed to a need for timely information about crane safety.
That's why a group of concerned New Yorkers has developed CraneWatch, an impartial, non-governmental website dedicated to monitoring the safety of New York City cranes and construction sites. The site's mission is to make it easy for everyone to find cranes in their local area and to review safety-related information compiled from Department of Buildings and other sources. Visitors to the site can upload photos, post comments and, soon, add new crane listings to the system. A mobile application will be available shortly as well as CraneWatch sites for other cities.
"While we applaud the City Council's efforts to tighten safety standards, there will never be enough inspectors to monitor every crane in the city," said New York entrepreneur Rosalind Resnick, who built the site along with developer Jim Convery and Internet marketer Laura Allen. "We believe that the only way to prevent these accidents from happening in the future is to enable every New Yorker with an iPhone, BlackBerry, cell phone or digital camera to help make our city safe again by posting photos and comments on our site where everyone can see them."
For more information, check out CraneWatch