Saturday, June 21, 2008

Cracked crane must come down

Cracks have been found in the turning mechanism of a monster crane owned by the same company involved in two deadly crane collapses this year, the Daily News has learned.

Cracks found in crane owned by firm in disasters

Two cracks were discovered in the turntable of a Kodiak tower crane owned by New York Crane & Equipment Co., which has risen 12 stories at 123 Washington St. in lower Manhattan.

The Buildings Department confirmed the existence of the cracks to The News on Thursday, nine days after they were discovered and reported to the agency by an independent engineer.

The department did not order the crane taken down immediately because its experts determined the damage did not threaten its structural integrity, acting Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri said.

The crane is expected to be dismantled this weekend.

1 comment:

Frank Lloyd Crap said...

"We want to err on the side of caution," LiMandri said"

Ha! Why start now, Rob?

Don't worry, fellow builders of crap, the DOB will be back to business as usual as soon as the heat is off.