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Errors led to crane crash

March 12, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Workers used the wrong kind of slings and put them in the wrong place on a crane that collapsed and killed seven people a year ago, a New York City Department of Buildings report says.

The crane's riggers also used half the number of protective straps needed to secure an 11,000-pound steel brace that fell last March, detaching the crane from a 19-story tower under construction, the report says.

The findings support results of federal and criminal investigations that blamed the contractors for raising the crane to a higher level on the condo tower. Prosecutors indicted the rigging company and its chief executive on manslaughter charges this year.

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