A jury in Manhattan decided Monday that the families of two men killed in a 2008 construction crane collapse should get $48 million in punitive damages from the crane’s owner and his companies.
Lomma and his companies will now have to pay $32 million to the family of Ramadan Kurtaj and $15.8 million to the family of Donald Leo.
The crane dropped a large piece of equipment — believed to be an industrial-size generator or air conditioning unit, police said.
New York City has implemented only a number of the 65 recommendations made following two deadly crane collapses in 2008, according to an audit by the city controller’s office.
After a criminal acquittal and a once-derailed wrongful death trial, a construction crane owner on Thursday again faced a civil trial in a collapse that killed two workers and helped spur new safety rules.
The judge said Friday that because the owner of New York Crane and Equipment, James Lomma, is in the hospital and could not attend court proceedings, the trial would be postponed until September.
No injuries have been reported.
A crane collapse in high winds has sent homeowner scrambling. When the dust cleared, he saw his house had been cut through as if by a giant knife.
A crane operator and a contractor didn’t inspect equipment, failed to take proper precautions and ran the rig unsafely before it collapsed while building a New York City apartment tower and injured seven construction workers, officials said Wednesday.
The crane that collapsed across a building in Long Island City, Queens on Wednesday afternoon was attempting to lift more than twice as much weight as was approved, according to a preliminary investigation from the city’s Buildings Department.
The neck of the 380-foot mobile crane crashed through the top of the wooden first floor of the site, officials said.
The New York City Department of Emergency Management announced Thursday afternoon that residents and hotel guests who were forced to evacuate due to the crane collapse will be escorted into the buildings by the NYPD to retrieve ‘absolute necessities’ such as medication.
A mechanic has been sentenced to a year of community service for his role in a New York City construction crane collapse that killed two workers.
There was anger in a Manhattan courtroom Thursday after a construction company owner was acquitted in a crane collapse that killed two workers on the Upper East Side.
Investigators said the crane cable snapped, sending the boom plummeting. That massive arm of steel crushed one of the workers, while another worker suffered severe trauma to his leg after being hit by debris.