Inspectors will examine every crane before it is climbed. They will prepare a written plan of the climbing operation, and will present this to everyone involved at a meeting before the crane is climbed.

Buildings commissioner Patricia Lancaster said, “Tower cranes are highly-engineered structures that present unique challenges both to the operator and workers using them. While the tragic accident on March 15 was a rare occurrence, we are expanding oversight of cranes as a precautionary measure while we await the findings of our forensic investigation. Starting today I have ordered changes to the inspection protocol for tower cranes that will be in effect until further notice. Any crane operating in an unsafe manner will be shut down immediately.”