New Lawsuit Aims to Undo City Regulation on Wind Speeds and Crane Safety

- An October 25th article by Politico.com reports that a “new lawsuit accuses Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration of implementing an arbitrary and dangerous construction policy following a fatal crane collapse in February.”

According the article, “Five contractor associations filed the suit Tuesday afternoon in State Supreme Court in Manhattan to block the city's prohibition on crawler cranes operating when winds exceed 30 miles per hour. The rule has been on the books since 1968, but officials only recently began enforcing it, after a crane accident on Worth Avenue in Lower Manhattan killed a pedestrian more than eight months ago.

“The organizations, which are members of the Building Trades Employers Association, say the city Department of Buildings (DOB) did not seek input from crane operators when it formed an advisory committee to handle crane safety after the fatality.”

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