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The New York Times recently reported that a Chinese company hired to repair a critical component involved in the May 2008 fatal crane collapse on East 91st Street warned the owner, New York Crane and Equipment Corp., ten months before the accident that it doubted its ability to properly perform the welding necessary to fix the machinery, according to e-mail messages exchanged between the two companies.
Warnings Issued Before Crane Collapse- 3/31/2009
New York Crane, nevertheless, authorized the Chinese company, RTR Bearings, in July 2007 to make the welds on the tower crane’s damaged turntable, according to the messages which surfaced in lawsuits filed on Monday by the families of the two construction workers who died in the crane collapse. The city’s crane inspectors later approved the repaired crane for use at 91st Street and First Avenue, where the Azure, a residential tower, was under construction.
The collapse occurred on May 30, 2008, when the crane’s cab and boom snapped and crashed into a nearby building; it was the second fatal crane accident in the city in ten weeks. In an e-mail dated June 7, 2007, Joyce Wang of RTR Bearings wrote of the project, “And honestly speaking we don't have confidence on this welding.”
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