New crane safety measures issued in NYC following fatal TriBeCa collapse

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NEW YORK — Large cranes are being officially inspected in the city and they have to follow a set of new regulations after a collapse killed a man on Friday.

Mayor de Blasio's 4-point plan includes new rules for crawler cranes during wind conditions and protections for neighbors.

A forensic investigation into Friday morning's collapse in TriBeCa is continuing. The Mayor said it was too early and inappropriate to speculate on what caused it. City inspectors had looked at the crane the previous day and were on scene as it was being secured and collapsed.

Here are the new regulations:

New restrictions on crawler cranes: Until further notice, all crawler cranes will be required to cease operation and go into safety mode whenever steady winds are forecast to exceed 20mph or gusts to exceed 30mph. The Department of Buildings will send advisories to crane engineers when wind conditions warrant. Engineers will be required to certify the compliance with the DOB. Inspections and violations will result if certification is not reported. Through rule making, the DOB will raise the base penalty for failure to safeguard from $4,800 to $10,000.

More sidewalk protection for pedestrians: The NYPD, FDNY, DOB and DOT will increase enforcement of sidewalk and street closures related to crane activity. The DOT will require pedestrian traffic managers on projects operating large cranes in areas with significant pedestrian traffic. The DOB will conduct inspections and issue violations to crane firms, operators and other personnel if flaggers are not appropriately restricting pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Improved notification for surrounding residents and businesses: Prior to moving a crane, operators will be required to notify those who live or work in the area. Currently, crane operators are required to notify residents and businesses only when the crane is first installed.

New task force on crane safety: The City will convene a technical working group to develop further strategies to improve crane safety. Over the next 90 days, the task force will evaluate the conditions involved in Friday's collapse and propose additional best practices and regulations.

NYC Council will probably hold oversight hearings. Councilmember Helen Rosenthal called the regulations a "common-sense response."

Representatives from Building and Construction Associations around New York expressed support and expect any impact on work to be minimal. They hope to be involved with the task force.

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