Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Being cheap led to crane collapse

From NY1:

Federal investigators are reportedly linking a cheap repair job in China with last May's deadly crane collapse on the Upper East Side.

According to government documents obtained by the New York Post, New York Crane and its owner opted for a Chinese firm that could repair the crane's turntable faster and cheaper.

RTR Bearing says it took the job reluctantly and even advised New York Crane to do the repairs in the United States. RTR also says it bears no responsibility because it completed the weld according to New York Crane's specifications.


Anonymous said...

Cheapness always does come with a price. I wonder how many of those new buildings erected with non-union labor will become the towering infernos of the future. After all, 5 years of training as an electrician is not cheap and no training is a steal.

Anonymous said...

How many more people will die needlessly before these unscrupulous, greedy contractors are called to account for their misdeeds? Clean house with DOB, establish superior safety standards and enforce them. Globalization shouldn't mean that we adopt that standards prevalent in third world countries that lack protective leglislation.

Vernon Malcolm said...

Inspect away Congestion! The city should toughen inspections for medical, psychiatric and vehicle reasons to cut down the number of congestion. This way, we will also get the voters against congestion pricing, who live in Bayside and Staten Island, to move away.