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.
Interspersed with testimony about the bad welding jobs, the crack in the turntable that supported the crane operator’s cab, and the accusations of negligence by the crane owner, there are the witnesses who bring home the human tragedy.
Testimony continued today in the trial of James Lomma, charged in the deadly 2008 Upper East Side crane collapse. The latest witness told of his extremely close call that day.
A devastated Don Leo, a crane operator himself who had actually worked on this very crane a week earlier, told of first getting the word that the crane was down on East 91st Street.
Lomma is accused of making inferior repairs to a crane to save money and prosecutors say he failed to take steps to ensure the repair was sound.
In pleading guilty, Tibor Varganyi will avoid a manslaughter charge that carries a possible 15-year sentence.
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