A massive 'crawler' crane being used to lift equipment into a building in the Tribeca neighborhood toppled over on Friday during a swirling snowstorm, killing a man who worked in the neighborhood, injuring three others and crushing a line of cars parked in the street. Investigators are looking into the cause of the accident. “No building is worth a person’s life. We are going to ensure the record boom in construction and growth does not come at the expense of safety,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement announcing four policies aimed at improving safety. The city has come under fire for what critics say has been a slow response to a series of recommendations made by a study commissioned to improve safety at work sites at a time when the city is enjoying a surge in construction.
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