NYC Probing Crane Work After Massive Air Conditioner Falls

NEW YORK (AP) -
Police on Monday guard a closed-off area around a hi-rise at 261 Madison Avenue in the aftermath of a crane accident. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Police on Monday guard a closed-off area around a hi-rise at 261 Madison Avenue in the aftermath of a crane accident. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The city’s department of buildings will examine all active crane rigging work performed by the company working at the site where an 11.5-ton air conditioner unit fell onto Madison Avenue.

Skylift Contractor was performing work at 261 Madison Avenue Sunday when the unit plummeted to the street, shattering parts of the building façade and moderately injuring 10 passersby.

Records show the company was approved to operate a 375-foot crane to lift the massive AC unit to the top floors of the 28-story building. City officials said Monday the other sites will be checked as a precaution.

Madison Avenue is closed to traffic as the probe goes on, but debris and the crane have been removed.