Officials from the New York City Department of Buildings determined that a tower crane that collapsed during the early hours of Hurricane Sandy is stable, according to the New York Times.
At 3:38 p.m., the newspaper reported that officials were working on a plan to secure and remove the crane that was working at One57, at 157 West 57th Avenue in Manhattan. During high winds on Monday, prior to the hurricane hitting the East Coast, the crane collapsed, according to news reports.
The New York Times reported that once high winds died down the dangling boom would be shunted over and strapped to the 73-story building. When it is safe to do so, a secondary crane would be erected on the roof of the building to help dismantle the damaged crane, the New York Times reported.
Once the boom was secured the city will reopen streets and buildings near the crane, according to news reports.
The newspaper said that the most immediate danger from the crane is the counterweights of the crane platform, “that normally balance the boom atop the slender tower on which it rises. That tower depends for its lateral stability on being tied to the building at intervals. Since the boom has flipped over, the heavy loads at the very top of the tower are no longer in balance,” according to the New York Times.