Workers Injured, 1 Critical, at East Harlem Building Site: FDNY

The Patch - June 26, 2018

Three workers were hurt — one critically — when a mini crane fell on them from four stories, city officials said. By Brendan Krisel, Patch National Staff

EAST HARLEM, NY — Three construction workers were hospitalized Monday morning after being struck by a falling mini crane at an East Harlem building site, an FDNY spokesman said.

The workers were hit by the Jekko mini crane around 11:11 a.m. at a site on East 126th Street and Third Avenue, an FDNY spokesman said. One worker was taken to Harlem Hospital in critical condition, one worker was taken suffering serious but non life threatening injuries and another was taken suffering minor injuries, an FDNY spokesman said.

The crane — which is about the height of a person — fell from the building's fourth floor when workers were using the machine to install a curtain wall, a Department of Buildings spokeswoman said. The crane rolled over and fell onto the street, the spokeswoman said.

The Department of Buildings is still investigating the incident and may take action against the building, a department spokeswoman said.

The construction site's address is 149 E. 125th St., according to the Department of Buildings. Developers filed plans in 2016 to build an 11-story mixed use building at the site which will contain 233 apartments more than 127,000 square feet of commercial space and a 26,990-square-foot community facility.