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For Immediate Release
January 5, 2009

STATEMENT FROM BUILDINGS COMMISSIONER ROBERT LIMANDRI ON 303 EAST 51ST STREET CRANE INDICTMENT

"New York City's crane standards are considered among the strictest in the nation, and following this tragic accident, the Buildings Department implemented new regulations over the crane industry, including mandatory training for every tower crane worker, banning the use of nylon slings unless the crane manufacturer specifically recommends their use, and requiring the mandatory submission of detailed rigging plans, which must be signed by an engineer, before work can begin. Improper rigging operations led to this accident, and the Department has since increased its enforcement over the industry, with crane inspectors issuing more than 400 Stop Work Orders in 2008 - more than double the total issued during the previous year."

Contact:     Tony Sclafani/Kate Lindquist (212) 566-3473

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