Construction on the 7 train extension resumed yesterday afternoon, according to city officials, DNAinfo reported, for the first time since a crane collapse at the West 34th Street and 11th Avenue work site last week killed one construction worker and injured three others. A cable snapped, the second such incident in the last three months, on a crane which was owned and operated by Yonkers Contracting Company, prompting the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to suspend work at the site.
The disaster killed Michael Simmermeyer, 30, and injured three other workers.
The crane collapses have local politicians calling for greater city oversight over MTA and other state-owned construction sites, DNAinfo said. City inspectors can only come onto construction sites under state supervision if they are invited, the website said. [DNAinfo]