City officials investigating a crane accident that killed two workers yesterday think a bad weld may have been to blame, the New York Times reports. The top of the crane, which met all the city's regulations, snapped off and hit a building. The city has suspended all crane construction until Monday and plans to hire new safety engineers.
The weld under suspicion connected the rotating mechanism of the crane’s turntable to the turntable’s base, the Times said. The accident is thought to have stemmed from very different causes than the March 2 crane collapse that killed 7, which was attributed to mistakes in setting up the machinery.