Crane Inspector who Faked Inspection Records Sentenced
Edward Marquette, a crane inspector in New York who was arrested in 2008 for his role in a crane collapse which took the lives of seven individuals, has been sentenced for his falsification of crane collapse inspections. The penalties? 1,000 hours of community service and a $5000 fine. This, in spite of the fact that Marquette had a history of failing to inspect construction sites in the New York area, but falsely claiming that he had.
The judge who sentenced Marquette acknowledged that the sentence was significantly lighter than would usually be expected for someone whose actions were so directly related to such a serious accident. However, he cited as mitigating factors the fact that Marquette’s behavior appeared to be condoned by his employer, and that Marquette had quit drinking, which had been a directly contributing factor to his failure to properly perform the inspection.
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