Steel smashes into 4 WTC and shatters facade

June 27, 2012 04:30PM

A week that started off so positively for 4 World Trade Center has suddenly taken a turn for the worse. After celebrating its topping off on Monday, the building has seen consecutive days of construction accidents. This morning, the New York Daily News reported that a peice of steel being carried by crane to the upper part of the tower slammed into the building’s 45th floor, shattering glass and sending it tumbling on to Liberty Street and the 9/11 Memorial. The memorial was shut down for the day and Liberty Street was closed to traffic.

No pedestriasns were hurt in the accident because the sidewalks were covered by a construction shed.

The accident comes a day after a construction worker was impaled by a piece of steal at the site and sent to the hospital.

Tishman Construction, the contractor for the construction site, blamed a strong gust of wind for the accident. “We have suspended steel lifts pending an investigation, are inspecting the entire façade of the building, and are reviewing protocols for evaluating weather conditions,” said a company spokesperson. [NYDN]