City suspends crane operator's license in Queens collapse

January 11, 2013 3:33:45 AM PST
The New York City Buildings Department is suspending the license of the crane operator who was operating the mobile crane that collapsed in Long Island City on Wednesday.

Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri said the operator, Paul Geer, was lifting twice the weight capacity of the crane.

Geer was lifting a load of lumber that weighed 23,900 pounds when the crane collapsed.

A Stop Work order at the construction site remains in effect while the investigation continues.

Seven construction workers were injured when the crane collapsed, three seriously. One remains hospitalized at NY-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center.


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