On health and safety record of the Empire State Building construction, according to official accounts, five workers died during the construction. After looking at these photos I find that hard to believe.
I am going to send this to my son who is a construction manager in Melbourne. He is especially vigilant on heath and safety issues that impact the welfare of his crews and his projects.
Take a look at these photos taken by Lewis Wickes Hine in 1930’s during the Empire State Building Construction. it is an eye opener how things were once done.
For those interested in the New York landmark in this energy filled city, especially if you have been on the 102nd Floor observatory, I picked out some highlights of what Wikipedia has to say about it .
The Empire State Building was the world's tallest building from 1931 to 1973 Preceded by Chrysler Building (in the background of the picture) surpassed by World Trade Center
The Empire State Building is the third tallest skyscraper in the Americas (after the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) and Trump International Hotel and Tower both in Chicago), and the 15th tallest in the world. It is also the fourth tallest freestanding structure in the Americas.
The Empire State building is currently undergoing a $550 million renovation, with $120 million to be utilized in an effort to transform the building into a more energy efficient and eco-friendly structure.
- Location 350 Fifth Avenue New York, New York 10118
- Constructed 1929–1931
- Use Office, observation
- Height Antenna or spire 1,454 ft (443.2 m)
- Roof 1,250 ft (381.0 m)
- Top floor 1,224 ft (373.2 m)
- Technical details
- Floor count 102
- Floor area 2,768,591 sq ft (257,211 m2)
- Cost $40,948,900
- Companies involved
- Architect(s) Shreve, Lamb and Harmon
- ContractorStarrett Brothers and Eken
- Management W & H Properties