A June mini crane collapse that occurred in Harlem and led to the serious injuries of two workers will result in assault charges for the supervisors. The construction accident occurred at a site in the area of Lexington and Third avenues between East 125th and East 126th streets. The Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance, Jr., called the incident one of the worst violations of building safety in recent years.
NY Supervisors Charged
In a statement obtained by the Harlem Patch, the Department of Buildings Commissioner, Rick Chandler, said the following:
“This was one of the most appalling safety lapses in recent memory: the supervisors of this site were supposed to be responsible for safety, but instead they set in motion a reckless and potentially lethal chain of events. Their callous disregard for safety rules, combined with a wildly overtaxed mini-crane, nearly cost several workers their lives.”
The supervisors charged in the collapse were identified as Terrence Edwards, 39 and Timothy Braico, 41. They were charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree assault. Braico was working as the regional manager of the Western Waterproofing Company.
Braico ordered a mini crane from Jekko to be delivered to the site in June. According to prosecutors, Braico never received permission from the Department of Buildings to acquire the crane and workers on the site were not educated or properly trained to use the crane.
The report found that just 10 days after the crane was delivered Edwards ordered an iron worker on the site to use the crane to lift glass panels from the second floor to the fourth floor of the building under construction. The weight of the panels was too much for the crane. Two iron workers were ordered by Edwards to work underneath the crane as guides for the glass panels.
The employees ordered to work underneath the crane were identified as Jorge Delgado and Christopher Jackson. Jackson was struck by the crane’s boom when it collapsed. Jackson’s harness broke as he was hit in the back by the boom. Prosecutors said Jackson was knocked to the ground, which caused him to suffer a traumatic brain injury.
Jackson is now struggling with speaking and walking. Delgado was also injured in the crash, suffering an injury to his spinal cord that has affected his ability to move and walk. The day the crane collapsed a third worker on the site suffered injuries but they were not as serious as the two iron workers.
Vance said the following in a release: “These defendants knowingly skirted DOB safety protocols to speed up their project, resulting in devastating, life-changing injuries for two workers when a mini crane fell from the fourth floor, catapulting one as it hurtled to the ground.”
The company named in the complaint, Western Waterproofing Company, is based in St. Louis. The company cooperated with the investigation. Prosecutors said that the company agreed to hire a monitor for their sites and increase the safety training it provides for employees. All of this was done as part of a deferred prosecution agreement.
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