George Smith, 47, of Brooklyn and Alessandro Ramos, 43, of Queens, were killed on a construction site after a 6,500-pound steel beam fell from a crane, officials said. The incident happened at an in-progress apartment complex at 81-10 134th Street in Briarwood.
The beam was lifted four stories high with the crane when it fell onto the cab of the crane and killed Smith, who was the operator inside, as well a Ramos, who was the worker on the ground guiding the crane with a flag.
The two workers were pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.
An investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the crane’s collapse, whether it was a failure of the crane’s rigging or wind, officials said.
According to the Buildings Department, the work site had no violations and the crane operator had a clean history.
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Source: New York Times