The Real Deal reported that, on August 11 before 8:30 p.m., the crane operator attempted to pull in the line in anticipation of the bad weather that night when the wind moved the crane into the building, breaking a window. Although initial reports stated that a wrecking ball caused the damage, FDNY officials told Eyewitness News it was a weighted ball with a cable that was used that night to move construction materials. Both outlets reported that no pedestrians were injured and none of the damaged glass landed below.
The window was left in place and was expected to be replaced. A spokesperson for Tishman Construction told Eyewitness News that the site of the accident was contained and that safety inspectors and local authorities were reviewing what happened.
Fortunately, this crane accident resulted in no fatalities or injuries. As for damage to the building, preliminary reports suggest that it was minimal, in that only an isolated part of it will need replacement and repair. However, incidents of significantly more serious damage that affects most or all of a building can and do happen, and often, the insurance companies will find a reason not to pay for the large costs of repair.
Depending on the size, age and location of the building, damages can run into the millions of dollars. The partners at Alegria & Barovick LLP have the expertise in the prosecution of civil claims to recover for damages to property owners and help them get fair and reasonable compensation for damages.