Operator, contractor cited in NYC crane collapse

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Associated Press

Posted on January 31, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 31 at 2:02 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say a crane operator and a contractor failed to inspect equipment and ran the rig unsafely before it collapsed at a New York City apartment tower construction site. Seven construction workers were hurt.

The city Buildings Department said Wednesday that crane operator Paul Geer and contractor Cross Country Construction LLC were each cited with five violations from the Jan. 9 collapse in Queens. Each faces at least $64,000 in fines.

The local crane operators' union president says many factors still need to be explored. Geer's phone number couldn't be found.

Cross Country Construction didn't immediately return a call.

Officials say Geer was trying to lift more than twice the crane's capacity when its arm fell.

The project developer and a site safety manager were cited with a violation apiece.

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