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For Immediate Release
May 30, 2008

STATEMENT FROM ACTING BUILDINGS COMMISSIONER ROBERT LIMANDRI ON THE CRANE COLLAPSE AT 335 EAST 91ST STREET

“I am deeply troubled by the devastating accident that took place today at East 91st Street and my heart goes out to the families of the workers killed and injured.

“While we have no reason to believe the cause of today’s accident was in any way similar to the crane accident that took place on March 15, I have suspended all tower crane erection, dismantling and jumping operations in New York City until Monday, June 2, 2008 to enable our cranes personnel to focus on remedial work that must take place to make the 91st Street site safe.

“In addition, as the Department conducts its investigation into the cause of today’s tragic accident, forensic experts will be focusing on a particular weld that failed and will be fully examining the crane model – Kodiak – which is no longer in production. There are currently four Kodiak cranes in use in New York City. I am ordering immediate re-inspections of these models and a review of all of their maintenance logs in an attempt to ensure that whatever caused the collapse is isolated to this particular crane.

“Finally, tomorrow morning, I am calling an emergency meeting at the Buildings Department to bring industry experts, labor, crane owners, maintenance companies and OSHA personnel together to make immediate recommendations for our ongoing efforts to make crane operations safer.”

Contact:     Kate Lindquist/Carly Sullivan (212) 566-3473

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