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October 30th, 2012
04:03 PM ET

Tom Barth, crane expert: "The crane operator and the supervision on the job did not follow the manufacturer's recommendation"

As the impact of Hurricane Sandy was felt all across New York City on Monday, a dangerous crane dangled high above the city, swinging precariously along with the gusting wind.

Anchoring live coverage of the storm, Piers Morgan welcomed Tom Barth, a crane expert, for his insight into how the mechanism had snapped, and why it hadn't been more securely attached:

"Looking at the pictures and everything else, what I believe happened is that the crane operator and the supervision on the job did not follow the manufacturer's recommendation," surmised Barth, joining Morgan live via phone. "When the crane operator gets out of the crane, they let it weather vane. They knew this storm was coming. They should have lowered the boom down at a low angle. That way when the wind comes in, it can blow the crane around, back and forth."

Located at 157 West 57th Street, the crane is being used to build a structure that, at 90 stories, will be the highest residential skyscraper in the city. But is there danger, wondered the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host, of the crane breaking free, and flying into any of the nearby structures?

"Absolutely it could happen," stated Barth. "You see that boom hanging down, let's say the house swings around and the boom gets into the arms that are holding the crane up, that come out of the building, if it hits that, there's a possibility they could be - they can break, then the crane's coming down."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Morgan and Barth further analyze the possible scenarios while the crane continues to dangle.
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  1. NOBAMA2012

    Romney must link Obama's premature reaction to a looming Hurricane Sandy with a press conference on Sunday, a full day before the storm made landfall, with that surrounding the attacks in Benghazi. He needs to ask why the response this time was so quick. He must be the one to ask that question! He needs to make the point that Obama looks like a guy with a poor grasp of two different situations.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Observer

      Lets see, an event occurring on the other side of the globe with no advance warning and spotty (at best) real-time information versus a storm that was identified and planned for 6-8 days in advance, that was local and that had broad media coverage and real time information. Maybe that is why the responses to the two situations are so different. Why is that so hard for your brain to grasp. Different situations, different locations, different information results in different responses. Are you really that blinded by your partisan idiocy that you can't see that. Moron.

      October 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jeannie

      Nobama2012 – YOU'RE AN IDIOT. Go back in your cave and shut the f...up.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • coach21

      Hey CNN, you will probbaly not show this comment either, but ill say it anyway. Piers Morgan is the most boring guy i have ever watched. Hey Piers, instead of wasting airtime with a crane story, lol, talk about Benghazi. Do some real reporting please. America knows your in favor of Obama, but a crane, cmon, yall had to waste air time with something instead of a president's cover up before the election, but a crane, wow. I live in LA and know allll about hurricanes and if anybody understands whats going on its us. Obam came down here and told a group of hurricane victims, "where's your money", to get elected. Ask this, why didnt he show pics of himself in the situation room while benghazi was going on. Showed him for a hurricane, which there is nothing he could do but spend money, or redistribute it, lol, and bin laden raid, again nothing he could do but say ok, which any american would have done, but for the raid, this is when he would have to make a decision and no pics. Talk about news for the many americans who need to know what our president is really like, cmon Piers, hahhah

      November 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. practical minded

    why do they even let people build buildings that high? is this some ego thing? that's dumb.

    October 31, 2012 at 2:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jon

      Dense population + limited land + sky-high land values = Tall buildings... unless your city is named Dubai, then yes, it's mostly ego.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Structural Engineer

      Are you an idiot?

      November 1, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jerome

    While examining the video images of this dangling metal structure and what could possibly be done to return it to a safe position I can't help but think of but one word "viagara".

    November 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Margo

    What do Obama and what's his name, you know the liar, and flip flopper, oh yeah romney have to do with the crane in NYC.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • coach21

      Margo, what about Obama lying on national TV about Benghazi??? Your another hyprocrite. Romeny may have change his thinking and voice on some topics, but thats ok, that means he has an open mind to what matters, dummy. Now your guy is a lier and you need to face the facts, Romney will be president and one that children will read about in history, i and i know he thinks about that so he will do good like he has most of his life,lolo

      November 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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