NYC suspends license of operator of fallen crane

NYC suspends license of operator of fallen crane

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A construction crane dangles October 30, 2012 atop a 1.5 billion USD luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan after collapsing in high winds as New Yorkers assess damage the morning after Hurricane Sandy made landfall.

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Associated Press

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 11 at 9:35 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has suspended the license of the operator of a crane that collapsed Wednesday, injuring seven workers.

The Department of Buildings says a preliminary investigation shows crane operator Paul Geer was attempting to lift a load that weighed more than double the crane's limit.

The department says he was also trying to lift materials outside of an approved loading zone.

The crane's 170-foot-long boom fell onto metal scaffolding and the wooden framework that made up the first floor of what will be a 25-story apartment building.

A telephone number for Geer could not be found. TF Cornerstone, the project's main contractor, did not return a call seeking comment.

The construction site remains closed.

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