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De Blasio on Crane Collapse

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York spoke in TriBeCa on Friday after a crane killed at least one person. He said that workers were trying to secure the crane when it fell onto Worth Street and that the crash had caused gas leaks.

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City:“We want to give everyone an update on this incident. We had a very serious incident this morning in Lower Manhattan. A crane collapsed along Worth St. between West Broadway and Church. We have one fatality, an individual happened to be sitting in a parked car not associated with the work being done with the crane. We have three individuals with injuries, two serious, one minor, none life-threatening as far as we know at this point.”//4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City:“This type of crane is called a crawler crane. It was being moved into a secure position, because by the manufacturer’s instructions, as winds topped 20 miles per hour, for this particular company, the instructions were that the crane should be put in a secure position if the winds were approaching 25 miles per hour. That is the lower than the typical standard for cranes. But for this company, that was their standard, so in fact, they were in the process of securing the crane. They got to the work site this morning at seven, recognized the winds were in the 20 mile per hour plus range and were proceeding to secure the crane, actually to bring it down to a safe and secure position when it occurred.”//6. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City:“The immediate concern relates to the fact that there’s been gas leaks as a result of this incident. FDNY and ConEd have been sweeping all the related buildings along Worth Street constantly. So far, they have not detected the type of gas levels that give them additional fear of any further problems, but they are literally sweeping them every 15 minutes to check gas levels.”//8. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City:“We have take the precaution, even though wind levels have not reached the levels that normally would lead to a larger shutdown of cranes around the city, we are taking the precaution of doing that right now.”

News Clips: New York Region

De Blasio on Crane Collapse

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS February 5, 2016

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York spoke in TriBeCa on Friday after a crane killed at least one person. He said that workers were trying to secure the crane when it fell onto Worth Street and that the crash had caused gas leaks.

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