Inspections of Dangling NYC Crane Completed

Buildings Department chief spokesman Tony Sclafani has said that a strong wind gust during superstorm Sandy likely was a major factor in the crane accident on Monday nigh

Thursday, Nov 1, 2012  |  Updated 2:45 PM EDT
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Crane Collapses on 57th Street Amid Fierce Winds

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Crane Collapses on 57th Street Amid Fierce Winds

Sandy lookback: a construction crane atop luxury condo building 157 West 57th Street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues, collapses amid fierce winds Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.
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Experts are reviewing plans to secure the arm of a crane that's been dangling off a luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan.     

City officials said Thursday that inspections of the crane have been completed.     

Meanwhile, the city has lifted its pre-storm ban on all outdoor construction work.     

Buildings Department chief spokesman Tony Sclafani has said that a strong wind gust during superstorm Sandy likely was a major factor in the crane accident on Monday night.     

Experts also have been examining how the crane was positioned.     

Engineers climbed the 74-story building in the midst of the storm to inspect the crane.     

Neighboring buildings were evacuated, including a hotel with 900 guests. 

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