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Two New York City Crane Operators Fined

Following the September accident that killed a construction worker, two New York City crane operators have been fined $50,000 and have had their licenses suspended.

According to New York City officials, brothers Christopher Van Duyne and James Van Duyne were assisting with the dismantling of a crane at the construction site of a residential tower.  During the dismantling, they cut a guardrail on a platform attached to a tower crane that was being taken down at a midtown Manhattan construction site.  As a result, worker Anthony Esposito fell more than 40 stories from the platform and was fatally injured.

Christopher Van Duyne’s license has been suspended for eight months.  James Van Duyne has had his license revoked for six months due to his involvement.  Each brother has been fined $25,000 for the incident.  Their home telephone numbers are not listed.

New York City has also suspended the license of another worker who said he was taking a break when the fatal crane accident took place.

Recently, New York City regulations have become even stricter, which follows some major crane accidents in Manhattan  this year.  Before a crane can be raised or dismantled, engineers must sign off on it.  In addition, maintenance records, operator certification tests and proof that a safety meeting has been held are required before any work can commence.  The new regulations have brought numerous criticisms within the construction industry, including the belief that these rules are too cumbersome and difficult to enforce.  Many fear that construction sites could be shut down for a lengthy period of time due to these recent regulations.

In September, there was also an update made to the federal government’s crane regulations, which was the first change in 40 years.  The federal regulation implementation was due to the deadly crane accidents in New York, Houston, Miami and Las Vegas.

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