Skip to main content

Structural Failures and Forensic Engineering 2008 Fatal NYC Tower Crane Collapse - A Case Study

Have an attendance code? Sign In to enter it.

This live web event has ended. Thank you for attending.


Following the collapse of an external self-climbing tower crane in New York City, on March 15, 2008, Ove Arup & Partners, PC (Arup) was hired by the New York City Department of Buildings (NYCDOB) to provide engineering and investigative services. The collapse resulted in seven fatalities and multiple injuries, and damage to adjacent buildings. The resulting trials were for both civil and criminal charges. The investigation included safety issues, materials science, code compliance, structural engineering design, and means and methods. The presentation is a synopsis of the event, investigation, and results.

  • Course will award 1.0 hours of continuing education
  • This course is Diamond Review approved in 49 states. New York does not accept hours from recordings.


  • James Cohen, P.E.

    James Cohen offers over 40 years experience in forensic engineering involving failure investigation, insurance claims, property damage, personal injury, disaster mitigation and response. He has provided expert testimony in numerous collapse and other litigation projects involving multiple hazards, demolition, damage from adjacent construction, and construction means and methods, in local, state and federal courts. He has also appeared as an expert on construction failures for MSNBC. Mr. Cohen was recipient of the Partner In Mitigation fellowship sponsored by ASCE and IBHS to FEMA and is a former Advanced Structures Specialist on the New Jersey USAR team, Structures Specialist on the Pennsylvania USAR, and was a first responder for both during the 9/11 attack at the World Trade Center. He has given lectures on failure investigation, emergency response and other topics at various professional organizations and universities and is active in numerous organizations. 

NCSEA Webinars and Digital Events Cancellation and Refund Policies

Webinar Cancellation

By NCSEA: If a webinar is canceled by NCSEA, all registered attendees will be notified via email. NCSEA will issue a full refund if the event cannot be rescheduled. If the event is rescheduled and a registrant can not attend on the rescheduled date, NCSEA will offer a credit in the amount of the purchase price.

By Registrant/Attendee: Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the webinar (or the first webinar in the case of a series or bundle) and in writing via email ( with the subject line "NCSEA Webinar Cancellation" and include the following in the body of the email: Title of Webinar, Order/Invoice Number, Name of Registrant, and Reason for Cancellation. No telephone refund requests will be accepted.

If the request has been approved, NCSEA can do one of the following:
  • Refund the amount back to the original order payment method (a $25 cancellation processing fee will be assessed)
  • Issue a full credit on the purchaser’s account that can be used towards a future webinar/event.

If you are unable to attend the webinar and the cancellation deadline has passed, a recording will be available (in most cases) in the Education Portal after the webinar has concluded.
Refunds are not granted due to attendee technology issues. It is your responsibility as the webinar attendee to test your computer setup prior to the start of the webinar.

On-Demand Purchases
All on-demand (recorded) webinars, courses, and series sales are final. 
March 16, 2023
Thu 12:00 PM CDT

Duration 1H 30M

This live web event has ended.