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Brewer Statement on Crane Collapse and Recent Construction Safety Incidents

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on recent construction safety incidents in Manhattan:

“Today we see yet another tragic construction safety incident with fatal results. My thoughts are with the victims of today’s crane collapse and their families, and I am grateful that more people were not hurt.

“While today’s crane collapse appears to have occurred in the midst of prudent efforts to lower and secure the crane against winds, the fact remains that this is the second work site-related death in as many days. This is unacceptable, and we must do better.

“Since I first convened the Manhattan Construction Safety Working Group in the fall, it’s only become clearer that we need to make changes. Both yesterday’s death and the shocking four-story fall of a worker last week both occurred on sites with a history of multiple violations. City enforcement must do more than levy fines and increase the cost of doing business — it must actually make dangerous worksites into safe ones.

“I am working with labor leaders, developers, construction safety experts, and my fellow elected officials and community representatives to address this spike in construction accidents through legislation, rule changes, and better city enforcement. We will begin campaigning for a package of reforms shortly, and I am also meeting with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and law enforcement agencies to explore how we can strengthen safety right now.”

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