Workers trapped when beam falls at NYC construction site

2 workers killed after beam falls onto crane at Queens construction site

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Two construction workers were killed on Tuesday in the New York City borough of Queens after they were crushed by a beam they were hoisting, local media outlets reported.

Fire department officials said the fallen beam also trapped the two workers inside the crane's cab.

Emergency responders were able to extract the man who held the tether line but were still working to remove the man in the cab nearly five hours after the accident, according to the DOB.

It's not clear yet what caused the accident or if wind played a role.

Winds were gusting near and above the legal city limit of 30 miles per hour around the time of the fatal crane accident in Queens Tuesday afternoon - but officials refused to blame the tragedy on the weather. The FDNY said: "the incident remains open to investigation".

And Edwin Palacios, 35, who lives in a building directly adjacent to the site, often anxious about the site conditions.

A resident said she had heard the workers saying that the operator had said: 'The wind is blowing hard. "Every time I pass here in my vehicle, I say, 'Oh my god, this is not safe'".

A crane accident turned deadly Tuesday at a construction site in Queens, authorities said.

Crawler cranes, a specific type of crane, must cease operation and go into safety mode when steady winds are forecast to exceed 20 mph or gusts to exceed 30 mph, as per the new rules.

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