SC&RA Urges NYC Mayor to Reject Crane Bill

- SC&RA sent a letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio last week, urging him not to sign Bill No. 443 that would ban cranes older than 25-years of age. The letter stated that the bill does not provide any additional safety value to New York City or its citizens. In fact, this bill would not have prevented any of the recent accidents within the City’s limits and could hinder efforts to stimulate economic growth in the City. This is not the first time SC&RA has appealed to the Mayor’s office on crane life expectancy. In January, SC&RA reached out to the Chair of the Committee on Housing and Buildings with evidence on tower crane age and the findings that an arbitrary age limitation will not ensure safer crane operations. The Association has offered to assist with drafting language that is acceptable to the City Council, the NYC Department of Buildings, OSHA and the Mayor’s office. To read the entire letter, click here. For more information, contact Beth O’Quinn.

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