The crane bent precariously down at One Bell Slip in Greenpoint on February 11.
Department of Buildings
A crane on a 31-story tower in Greenpoint suddenly stooped, forcing builders and first responders to evacuate the site on Thursday afternoon.
The boom of the crane leaned forward and parallel to the wall of the residential building in progress, which, according to authorities, was being referred to as the One Bell Slip on Commercial and Clay Streets around 3:45 p.m.
Fortunately, there have been no reports of injuries or parts falling to the ground, according to a fire department spokesman, who added that no one needs to be rescued from the crane itself.
According to DOB spokesman Andrew Rudansky, FDNY and crane inspectors from the Department of Buildings were on site Thursday evening to investigate the incident.
The building is being developed by Brookfield Property Partners and Park Tower Group. A spokesperson for the project said the crane arm came down because it “didn’t work,” and they are taking the incident very seriously.
“This morning a crane at One Bell Slip – an unoccupied building under construction – malfunctioned and the boom went into the crane itself. Fortunately, no one was injured. The local authorities got to the site quickly and we are following their example. Safety is our top priority and we take it very seriously, “said Andrew Brent in a statement.
According to a preliminary DOB investigation, technicians were on site to perform maintenance when the boom of the tower crane partially collapsed. No part of the crane fell to the ground and the building was not damaged by the bent machines, the agency representative said.
DOB investigated the scene well into the evening and worked with the developer’s engineers and crane company to assess the damage and figure out how to make the site safe again.
The 368 foot tall building is part of the 10 tower development on Greenpoint Landing Riverfront. This structure should be completed in the second half of this year, according to a report from New York Yimby.
The cause of the incident is still being investigated, according to FDNY.