Friday, March 28, 2008

City shuts down two cranes

Two tower cranes, including one at a SoHo project where a worker died in January, have been shut down for safety violations following a deadly crane collapse in Midtown earlier this month.

As part of an emergency safety sweep of 30 tower cranes citywide, the Buildings Department found violations at three of 12 cranes inspected as of Tuesday. All but one of the cranes inspected were in Manhattan. The agency expects its emergency tower crane inspections to be complete by April 15, said Buildings Department spokeswoman Kate Lindquist.

Once the tower crane inspections are complete, Lindquist said, the agency will review safety at another 220 cranes citywide -- a sweep scheduled to be finished by the end of May.

Stop-work orders were issued for two lower Manhattan cranes -- at 200 Murray St. on March 19 and 123 Washington St. on March 20. Work was halted at 246 Spring St. in SoHo, the site of the Trump hotel condominium project on March 20, according to city buildings officials.

Two tower cranes shut down for safety violations

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