Thursday, March 20, 2008

NYC Begins Reviews Of All Construction Cranes

City officials have started inspecting every construction crane in use around New York City after a crane collapsed and killed seven people last weekend.

Buildings Department spokeswoman Kate Lindquist says the inspections began Wednesday. Inspectors have 253 cranes to check, and Lindquist says it's not clear how long the process will take.

Buildings Department Commissioner Patricia Lancaster has said there's no indication that Saturday's accident points to a larger problem with cranes.

Six construction workers and a tourist were killed when the 19-story crane broke away from an apartment tower under construction in midtown Manhattan. Pieces of the crane toppled onto buildings as far as a block away.

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