Crane Accidents

Contractor Cited in Jan. 9 Queens Crane Collapse

02/1/13

Update from previous article

Queens, New York

Crane operator, contractor cited in Jan. 9 Queens crane collapse that injured 7 construction workers

Crane operator Paul Geer and contractor Cross Country Construction have each been cited with five violations in the collapse. The Buildings Department said the operator didn’t inspect the equipment and failed to take proper precautions when the crane tried to lift more than double its capacity.

ANDREW THEODORAKIS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Three people were injured on Center Blvd. in Queens on Jan. 9 when a crane collapsed at constrction site.

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; TF Cornerstone, and site safety manager Arthur Covelli were also each cited with a violation and face fines of at least $2,400 each.

“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.

No phone number could be found for Geer, and his union didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment. Nor did Cross Country Construction.

Crane operator Paul Geer and contractor Cross Country Construction have been cited with five violations in the collapse, which occurred when the crane tried to lift twice its capacity.

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