Charlotte crane accident raises questions over construction zone safety
- By Stella M. Hopkins and Julia Oliver, Rock Hill Herald, SC
At the moment a load of beams fell from a crane lifting them up the 48-story Wachovia tower, safety workers had stopped traffic and pedestrians from moving past the construction site on South Tryon Street.
As beams struck glass panels, shards scattered to the ground. Workers fled, and traffic started moving into the path of falling debris, said project manager Curt Rigney.
Details emerging about Monday's accident raise questions about who is responsible for protecting people and vehicles around construction sites. The mishap is the second in less than a week to fling broken glass onto busy uptown streets.