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New York City has responded to two recent fatal construction crane accidents by revamping the safety policy involving cranes. These policies include measures on documentation, labeling, maintenance and testing procedures.

Required and documented disclosure of crane’s condition. Each time the equipment is transferred either between users or from owner use, a safety meeting must be held to review an document maintenance records and service history. The city will also require a certification of the crane meeting approved conditions to be filed with the buildings department. The crane must also be reviewed on a monthly basis, and every six months, the crane must be inspected and certified by a third party.

Maintenance records will also have to be maintained for the life of the crane and there must be a service history kept as well. These records will have to be filed with the city whenever a permit is applied for. This year has proven to be very deadly in the construction industry and there have been many calls to improve the quality of inspections at job sites.

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