The Manhattan Crane Collapse of 2008: What Went Wrong and What Can We Learn?

On March 15, 2008, a massive tower crane collapsed at a construction site in Manhattan, killing seven people and injuring 24 others. It was one of the worst construction accidents in New York City’s recent history, and it raised serious questions about the safety and regulation of cranes in the city. This article will provide some background on the project and the crane company involved, describe the collapse and its causes, and discuss some of the lessons learned from this tragedy.