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Crane Workers Escaped Death by Oversleeping

Men should have been atop crane when helicopter hit

(Newser) - Richard Moule and Nicki Biagioni were late for work yesterday, and it probably saved their lives. The two men are crane drivers, and they should have been atop the London crane that got hit by a helicopter . Instead, both overslept and were still on their way to work when the... More »

Sandy's High Winds Leave Crane Dangling

Inspectors arrive at luxury NYC high-rise

(Newser) - A construction crane atop a $1.5 billion luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan collapsed in high winds today and dangled precariously, prompting plans for engineers and inspectors to climb 74 flights of stairs to examine it as a huge storm bore down on the city. The harrowing inspection task was... More »

Suspect's Plunge Ends Dallas Crane Siege

Robbery suspect held cops at bay for 14 hours

(Newser) - A man who claimed to be armed spent 14 hours holed up in the cab of a 150-foot-high construction crane in Dallas before falling to his death. The man, believed to be a robbery suspect fleeing police, had climbed into the cab on the campus of Southern Methodist University, and,... More »

Mandatory Tests Key to Feds' New Crane Regulations

Operators will be made to pass qualification exams in wake of fatal accidents

(Newser) - Crane operators will be made to pass certification tests, the AP reports, as the US Department of Labor, reacting to a number of deadly crane accidents this year, moved to make written and performance assessments mandatory in every state. In the first update since 1971, the tests will measure safety... More »

NYC Crane Inspector Booked for Corruption

Not tied to recent collapse, city says

(Newser) - New York cops collared the city’s chief crane inspector on corruption charges today, but officials see no link to last week's fatal crane collapse. James Delayo, a 26-year Buildings Department veteran, is accused of taking money to issue fake crane appraisals and supplying cheat sheets for a city exam,... More »

Weld Faulted in NYC Crane Collapse

Probe centers on equipment, not operators

(Newser) - City officials investigating a crane accident that killed two workers yesterday think a bad weld may have been to blame, the New York Times reports. The top of the crane, which met all the city's regulations, snapped off and hit a building. The city has suspended all crane construction until... More »

NYC Crane Collapse Kills at Least 1

At least four pulled from the wreckage

(Newser) - A construction crane collapsed on the Upper East Side of Manhattan today, killing the cab operator and injuring several others, the New York Times reports. The collapse came at 8 am, just 24 hours after a stop-work order on the site was rescinded. The cab of the crane fell 12... More »

Fla. Crane Crash Kills 2, Injures 4

Cause of accident still unknown

(Newser) - Part of a construction crane crashed into a building next to a Miami construction site this afternoon, killing two and injuring at least four, the Miami Herald reports. Workers on an unfinished 46-story luxury condo were raising an extension to connect it with the crane when the extension came loose... More »

NYC Inspector Charged in Crane Collapse

But officials insist inspections wouldn't have made a difference

(Newser) - A New York City worker has been charged with lying to authorities about inspecting the crane that collapsed Saturday, killing seven, the Times reports. Edward Marquette is also accused of falsifying business records, after claiming to have inspected the crane March 4. The Department of Buildings chief again stressed that... More »

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