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Crane Hits World Trade Window

Monday, August 15, 2016

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Three World Trade Center, currently under construction, suffered only minor damage Thursday night (Aug. 11) when a construction crane hit the building.

Media reports indicate that a window in the new, 80-story building on the World Trade Center site in New York City was broken, but no injuries were sustained and no debris fell from the building. A weighted ball that was a component of the crane is reported to have hit the window.

Gust of Wind

According to a statement from Tishman Construction, the contractor on the project, weather was a factor in the incident. “In keeping with safety procedures when a storm is forecast, this evening a crane was pulling in its unloaded line and hook when a gust of wind pushed the small weighted ball attached to the crane's line into the glass curtain wall in the base of 3 World Trade Center,” the company said in a statement to television station WABC.

3 World Trade under construction
Photo courtesy Silverstein Properties / by Joe Woolhead

Three World Trade Center, designed by architect Richard Rogers and shown at left in a May 2016 photo, is the third tower to be built on the site of the former World Trade Center.

The company said that safety inspectors and authorities were onsite looking into the incident.

According to reports, the incident was contained to the restricted area of the site. New York City’s Office of Emergency Management told WCBS that the weighted ball became lodged in the glass on the 12th floor, and that the crane was situated higher up on the partially completed tower.

About Three World Trade

Three World Trade Center, designed by architect Richard Rogers, is the third tower to be built on the site of the former World Trade Center, largely destroyed in the September 11 attacks. One World Trade Center and Four World Trade Center are currently in operation, as is the World Trade Center Transportation Hub.

In June, Three World Trade Center held a topping-out ceremony, symbolizing the pouring of concrete at its highest point, 81 stories up. Crews continue construction further down the building, which is slated to open in 2018.

About the Contractor

Tishman is a vertically integrated real estate owner, developer, operator and advisor, according to company materials. Tishman is the main contractor on the Three World Trade Center project. The building’s developer is Silverstein Properties.

Tishman agreed to pay $20 million last year as part of a settlement regarding fraud related to work on One World Trade Center, the World Trade Center PATH Transportation Hub, and other projects. The contractor was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 2012 for one count related to inadequate fall protection on a jobsite. There are no more recent safety citations on record related to Tishman projects in New York state.


Tagged categories: Accidents; Asia Pacific; Commercial Construction; Commercial contractors; Construction; Contractors; Cranes; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Good Technical Practice; Latin America; North America

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