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Crane Collapse in Long Island City, Queens - Jan. 9, 2013 (credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Crane Operator Cited In Long Island City Collapse

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.

01/30/2013

A close-up look at the crane collapse in Long Island City on Jan. 9, 2013. (credit: CBS 2)

Official: LIC Crane Collapse Possibly Triggered By Overweight Load

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.

01/10/2013