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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