April 5, 2012 |
Michael Simermeyer, a burly construction worker, came from a long line of sturdily built laborers, men whose skills lay in their rugged hands. He commuted from the Trenton area to a construction site in Manhattan, a massive pit where the Metropolitan Transit Authority is building a subway line extension. There, on Tuesday, he was working the second shift for a subcontracting company co-owned by an uncle. His father had worked the day shift. "They were always men who worked with their hands.
April 4, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Authorities are focusing on what caused a boom crane to crash to the ground at a Manhattan work site, killing one construction worker and seriously injuring another. The dead worker was identified by police as Michael Simermeyer, 30, of Burlington Township, N.J. He was pronounced dead following Tuesday's accident at the No. 7 subway line extension construction site. One other person was hospitalized in serious condition and three people were treated for minor injuries. The crane was set up on the second of three levels on the construction site on Manhattan's West Side, city officials said.
February 11, 2012
Emergency responders in Delaware County used a crane to rescue a man trapped under a SEPTA trolley early Saturday. Around 3:30 a.m., the man was struck by a Route 102 Trolley in Clifton Heights along a stretch of tracks near East Broadway and Ogden Street, said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. The victim became trapped underneath the trolley, which was approaching the Baltimore Pike Station, heading towards 69th Street Station from Sharon Hill, Busch said. Local rescue crews and SEPTA personnel worked to free the man for about an hour and a half, before the crane was used to lift the trolley off the victim, Busch said.
July 24, 2010 |
The future of serious music - a possible future, at least - is roaring in through a side door marked "dance clubs. " And behind that door? Miles of wires, for starters, generating synthesized sound at 8 p.m. Saturday at Crane Arts in North Philadelphia. A collection of artists from the British-based Nonclassical recording label will play hard-to-explain works involving sampling, looping, synthesizers and turntables, all staples of raves, circuit parties, and subgenres sometimes dismissed as "overdose music.
February 1, 2010 |
The last time Ben Crane made news, he was swept up in the Tiger Woods scandal when Life & Style magazine attributed quotes to him he never made. Yesterday, Crane made two birdie putts longer than 45 feet to build a big enough cushion to win the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego. Crane knocked in a 30-inch par putt on the final hole for a 2-under 70 and a one-shot victory over Michael Sim, Brandt Snedeker and Marc Leishman. It was his third career victory - first in nearly 5 years - and this one earned him a trip back to the Masters.
December 12, 2009 |
Abandoned in a Western Pennsylvania field since the mid-1990s, a pair of towering, rusted cranes bore silent witness to a national tragedy on Sept. 11, 2001, as United Flight 93 plunged into the earth just a few hundred yards away. The dragline cranes, relics of the coal strip-mining heyday of Somerset County, were standing by the smoking crater when first responders arrived from nearby Shanksville. They stayed there for years afterward, becoming to regular visitors part of the hallowed landscape.
October 20, 2009 |
One week after the Center City crane crash that killed the operator and injured several pedestrians, notice of the first lawsuit has been filed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. A summons announcing intent to sue was filed yesterday on behalf of Dorothy Ramos, 76, against Masonry Preservation Group Inc., of Merchantville, the crane operator, and First Presbyterian Church at 21st and Walnut Streets. A woman who answered the phone said MPG president Brent Schopfel was not available to discuss the suit.
October 16, 2009 |
In terms of sheer numbers, construction is the second-most dangerous occupation in the nation, and James Wilson's fatal fall Monday from 125 feet as his aerial lift toppled is another sad example. Even though Wilson, 41, was by all accounts a highly trained union journeyman with an expertise in high work, the type of equipment he was using in Center City can pose problems on construction sites, experts say. That's because it carries the risks of any large piece of machinery, yet is used by all sorts of tradesmen - painters, bricklayers, and electricians who often receive only general training in its operation.
May 8, 2009 |
Ben Crane made four birdie putts longer than 20 feet, including a 30-footer on the first hole of the day, and finished with a 7-under-par 65 and a one-shot lead in The Players Championship at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Crane survived a wild opening round yesterday on the TPC Sawgrass and wound up atop a leaderboard devoid of the biggest stars. Tiger Woods couldn't make a putt outside 4 feet. He opened his round with four straight birdie chances inside 12 feet and missed them all. He wound up with a 71. Phil Mickelson ran off three straight birdies early in his round, then couldn't keep the ball in play.
December 11, 2008 |
Following dramatic crane failures elsewhere that have resulted in 11 deaths, Mayor Nutter yesterday signed one of the toughest crane-safety laws in the country. The signing ceremony was conducted on the roof of 10 Rittenhouse yesterday morning, 34 floors above the street, while two cranes helped put finishing touches on the exterior of the new luxury condo on Rittenhouse Square. "I am proud that Philadelphia is leading the way in construction-site safety," Nutter said. The bill, drafted by Councilman James F. Kenney, establishes stiff certification requirements for crane operators, riggers, and inspectors as well as codifying standards for equipment and bonding for crane companies.