Administrative charges in deadly tower fall

September 5, 2008 6:11:38 PM PDT
Officials say a construction worker's rigging license has been suspended and he's facing administrative charges after a worker plummeted 40 stories to his death at a midtown Manhattan skyscraper. The city Department of Investigation and Buildings Department say Gene Altobelli failed to supervise the dismantling of a tower crane where Anthony Esposito fell while working Thursday.

The agencies also say Esposito's safety harness was not secured, and a safety railing was missing on the platform from which he fell.

The 56-year-old Altobelli told investigators he was taking a break when the accident happened. No current phone number for him could be found.

More than 20 people have died in New York City construction accidents this year, including nine killed in two crane collapses.

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