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NYC Dept. Of Buildings Warns Of High Winds, Orders Cranes, Sites To Be Secured

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- The Department of Buildings is warning New York City builders, contractors and property owners that gusty winds could create hazardous conditions Wednesday morning.

The DOB said construction sites, buildings and cranes should be secured and said it has required all crane operations to cease Wednesday.

It says it will be performing random inspections of sites across the city.

A crane collapsed last month on Worth Street near Church Street in Tribeca as the crew was lowering it due to high winds.

David Wichs, 38, of the Upper West Side, was killed instantly as he walked along Worth Street. Three others were injured, including 73-year-old Thomas O'Brian, who suffered a head injury.

In the wake of the collapse, the city implemented a four-point plan that includes restrictions on crawler cranes and increased fines for failing to comply, among other initiatives.


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