Crane Modernization Act Passes City Council
The Legislation Introduced by Council Member Kallos Limits the Age of Cranes Operating in New York City at 25 years
New York, NY– Completing a five-year effort by city government to improve safety operations for construction cranes, the City Council today passed the Crane Modernization Act Int. 443-A, which requires the City of New York and developers to remove older cranes from operation by limiting how long they can be in service to 25 years. Cranes will be removed from service based on the original date of manufacture, or based on the age of the crane’s oldest component, whichever is greater. This age limit is being imposed as part of an effort to improve the safety of crane operations at construction sites in New York City. Modernization of crane inventory would reflect advances in design, technology, and safetymaking this inherently precarious business safer.
Cranes remaining in operation for prolonged periods of time are more susceptible to stress and fatigue. Older cranes develop heightened maintenance needs over time and the failure of certain parts, or defunct manufactures, make conducting proper repairs on older crane models more difficult. A strict limit on the service life of cranes is designed to ensure that older models are continually replaced with the most sophisticated and advanced equipment available. Requiring crane owners to update their fleet and make new cranes available will help maintain New York City’s position as a worldwide leader in construction. A version of this legislation was originally introduced to the City Council at the request of the Mayor Bloomberg in 2013 and then reintroduced in a new session by Council Member Kallos in 2014.
"Safety should be front and center on constructions sites in New York City. Pedestrians should feel confident about the cranes working above them just as construction workers should be safe as they do their job," said Council Member Ben Kallos. "By forcing City inspectors and construction companies to phase-out cranes after 25 years the Crane Modernization Act will serve to keep pedestrians and constructions workers safe at all times by preventing accidents caused by older less technologically advanced equipment."
Since 2008, the Department of Buildings has taken steps to reduce the age of the crane fleet in New York City and discontinue the use of aging cranes. Newer crane models are generally electric, require less maintenance, have improved controls and advanced safety features, and are better for the environment. Requiring crane owners to update their crane fleet and make new cranes available will help maintain New York City’s position as a worldwide leader in construction.