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Crane operator and contractor face stiff fines

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Jan. 30, 2013 Staff Report

A crane operator and a contractor didn’t inspect equipment, failed to take proper precautions and ran the rig unsafely before it collapsed while building a New York City apartment tower and injured seven construction workers, officials said Wednesday.

Crane operator Paul Geer and contractor Cross Country Construction LLC have each been cited with five violations stemming from the Jan. 9 collapse, which occurred as the crane tried to lift more than double its capacity, the city Buildings Department said. Geer and the company each face at least $64,000 in fines; the developer and a site safety manager also were cited with a violation apiece.

“Neither the crane operator nor his supervisors made sure the operation was being performed according to approved plans,” city Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri said in a statement.

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