Rigger acquitted in NYC crane collapse

July 22, 2010 at 1:29 PM
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NEW YORK, July 22 (UPI) -- A New York judge Thursday acquitted a rigging contractor on charges connected to the 2008 collapse of a construction crane in Manhattan that killed seven people.

The verdict was announced by State Supreme Court Justice Roger Hayes, who heard the case against William Rapetti without a jury.

Rapetti was charged with using a faulty sling while raising the massive crane to the top of a high-rise on East 51st Street.

The New York Times said Rapetti's attorney's countered that the steel beams that attached the crane to the building were not made to the engineer's specifications. They said one of the beams broke, which caused Rapetti's sling to break.

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