Tower crane operator failed to comply with safety standards.
On March 15, 2008, a 200-foot high tower crane collapsed at 303 East 51st Street in Manhattan, killing seven people. The Department of Buildings brought a license revocation proceeding against the tower crane rigger at the accident site. After a seven-day hearing, ALJ John B. Spooner found that the Department proved that respondent violated applicable laws by (1) using a damaged sling to support a collar; (2) failing to follow the manufacturer’s specifications in using four instead of eight slings to support the collar and attaching the slings at the corners instead of in the middle; and (3) failing to pad the slings. Dep’t of Buildings v. Rapetti (in PDF), OATH Index No. 374/11 (July 6, 2011) adopted, Comm’r Dec. (July 18, 2011).