By BILL SANDERSON, NY Post
Hundreds of construction workers may be idled in the coming weeks because of the city Buildings Department's sudden imposition of new rules on tower cranes, an industry lobbyist said yesterday.
Contractors were e-mailed new rules Wednesday requiring them to provide city inspectors with very specific plans when they raise, lower or dismantle tower cranes.
The rules also require contractors to provide inspectors with copies of crane manufacturers' instruction manuals for crane raising and dismantling operations.
Many crane operators don't have those manuals and own cranes whose manufacturers are out of business, said Louis Coletti of the Building Trades Employers Association. It could take "several weeks" for contractors to gather the information they need, he said.
"This is going to cause project delays that are going to cause some level of unemployment. You just can't spring these rules on people," Coletti said.
City officials did not respond to requests for comment.