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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Following a crane collapse accident in New York on January 9, 2013, involving at least seven construction workers, officials have cited crane operator Paul Geer and contracting company Cross County Construction LLC for not inspecting equipment, failure to take safety precautions, and running the crane equipment unsafely.
The accident occurred when the crane, operated by Greer, tried to life “more than double” its capability, and subsequently collapsed.
Both Geer and Cross Country Construction LLC have been given at least 5 citations each. These amount to at least $64,000 in fines. Additionally, the construction site safety manager and the developer were also issued citations in light of the accident.
Geer’s license has been revoked following the January 9th accident, according to officials.
The accident is only “the latest” in a series of construction accidents in the New York area, according to reports. Many other accidents involve similar problems of negligence or failing to inspect equipment prior to use.
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The New York Fire Department reported that it received a call just before 2:30 p.m. today about a crane collapse that happened in Queens.
Some outlets are reporting that injuries have occurred, but nothing official has been released regarding how many injuries may have occurred nor how severe any injuries are.
We will post more information as it becomes available.