Officials: Crane Part Hits 3 World Trade Center

3 WTC Crane Accident

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police and fire crews were on the scene late Thursday after a weight from a crane assembly hit 3 World Trade Center.

The FDNY, the NYPD and the Office of Emergency Management were called to the scene when part of a crane pulley assembly struck the building just before 8:30 p.m. Tishman Construction spokesman John Gallagher said in a statement that crews were pulling the unloaded line and hook from the crane as a safety precaution due to a storm in the forecast, when a gust of wind blasted in.

The wind sent a weighted ball attached to the crane’s line into the glass curtain wall at the base of 3 World Trade Center, Gallagher said.

A glass panel was cracked, but nothing fell or was in danger of falling, Gallagher said.

The panel that was struck was on the 12th floor, and the crane weight was lodged in the window, according to the OEM.

The building is still under construction and is not yet open or occupied. There were no injuries or evacuations.

The crane is currently mounted at the top of the building, which now stands about 45 stories, the OEM said.

The incident was completely contained within the restricted site perimeter, Gallagher said.

“Safety inspectors and authorities are on site and looking into the incident,” Gallagher said in the statement. “The panel will be replaced.”

The FDNY was in the process late Thursday of tying down any loose equipment.

The building at 3 World Trade is one of three new skyscrapers that replace the twin towers destroyed almost 15 years ago. The others are the 72-story 4 World Trade Center and the main edifice of the rebuilt site, the 104-floor One World Trade Center that dominates the post 9/11 Manhattan skyline and is the city’s tallest building.

This past June, a topping out ceremony at 3 World Trade Center marked the completion of the $2.5 billion building’s concrete core.
[Source: CBC ]