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NYC Crane Inspector Arrested for Falsifying Inspection Documents

Edward Marquette, a New York City inspector, has been charged with lying about checking the construction crane that collapsed on March 9, 2008, killing seven people.  Mr. Marquette has been responsible for checking some 500 job sites in the last six months in his job as an inspector in the Department of Building's division of cranes and derricks.

Experts are questioning whether Marquette's failure to check the crane actually contributed to the accident, however, since the building site was again inspected the day before the six ton collar used to support the crane came loose from the building.