LI man in custody in NYC crane collapse

Full story: Newsday 38
A Massapequa Park man who oversaw the raising of a tower crane in Manhattan that collapsed, killing seven, surrendered to authorities this morning to face manslaughter charges, prosecutors said. Full Story
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Hugh Likbols

AOL

#21 Jan 5, 2009
Amazing that so many ignorant people have chosen to make a comment on here. I saw a news conference where there were probably 20 people from the NYC DAs office around a table while Morganthau (probably spelled it wrong)(how is this guy still in charge of the citys law enforcement?) stated how there should have been 8 straps vs 4 straps?, what happened to the inspector who was suspended last year? They have been charged with placing the blame on someone for this terrible accident, so they take the opportunity to make a media circus out of it. This guy worked on the site every day? and yet still did something so unsafe to save a couple of hundred bucks? All you lemmings (google it) who believe what ever is said to get people to tune in to tv or buy a paper deserve what you get.
Lord of the Doosh

Roosevelt, NY

#22 Jan 5, 2009
I didn't know the forty year old virgin worked in construction!
Lord of the Dushe

Roosevelt, NY

#23 Jan 5, 2009
aw come on they censor everything here.

Newsday Long Island's Own Commie Rag
kat

Miami, FL

#24 Jan 5, 2009
Publius wrote:
It's interesting how Newsday censors the slightest discussion of blacks and Hispanics by taking down forum boards that are insulting.
But any sort of white ethnicity is fair game - and so the boards stay up.
This paper and it's employees HATE white middle class Long Island. They loathe them with all of thier being.
The sooner this paper dies, the better.
God speed the day.
"there"
Lord of the Dushe

Roosevelt, NY

#25 Jan 5, 2009
kat wrote:
<quoted text> "there"
Yeah I love how they hate the exact people that keep them in business.

Give me a time machine bring it back to the 50's
PJM

Newark, NJ

#26 Jan 5, 2009
As I said on the original article post that nylon straps should be outlawed on heavy lifts. They cut too easily on any sharp edge. Yes steel chokers will break if overloaded too but, they don't cut so easily. I've seen brand new ones cut like butter 3 different times and heard from other workers similar stories. They are suppose to use softeners on any sharp edges if they where wrapping(choking) the nylons around the steel. If it was a straight pull and they parted then they where overloaded. Maybe the collar bound up against the tower because they didn't lift evenly. That could have put too much pressure on the sling. Where did they get the info about 8 straps vs 4? Doesn't it depend on the size and lifting capacity of the strap? Or where they suppose to double up as a safety precaution? How many come-alongs or chain-falls where they using? To put the blame on this one guy there must be evidence that he gave the guys a direct order to do it in a unsafe manner. Usually a boss will tell the gang what to do and if they are experienced won't be right on top of them every step of the job. It could have been one in experienced member or simple equipment failure. There should be lugs added onto the tower that would prevent this collar from sliding down and searing off the other collars below. To all those that perished that day, RIP.
PJM

Newark, NJ

#27 Jan 5, 2009
The other crane accident was definitely criminal because the welded turntable was condemned by the building department and was illegally put back in service by the crane owners.
I Know This

New Rochelle, NY

#28 Jan 5, 2009
AMAZING wrote:
BILLY RAPETTI WORKED ON THE JOB SITE EVERYDAY!! DOES ANYONE REALLY THINK HE WOULD INTENTIONALY PUT HIS OWN LIFE IN DANGER, AS WELL AS HIS FRIENDS?? CLIFF CANZONA WAS ONE OF BILLYS BEST FRIENDS!! HE HAS TO LIVE WITH THAT EVERYDAY!! HE IS A WONDERFUL HUSBAND, AND FATHER. I KNOW THE FAMILY VERY WELL, AND TO PLACE THE BLAME ON BILLY IS JUST OUTRAGOUS!!! HE DOESNT DESERVE TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS! MY PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL WHO HAVE LOST LOVED ONES, AS WELL AS THE RAPETTI'S! STAY STRONG BILLY!
Rapetti was the responsible individual.PERIOD. He had no problem charging the big bucks and with that comes the responsibility. PERIOD! What do you think they payed him for his good looks? C'mon be real. Our condolences to the victims families, but what killed them was Rapetti's arrogance and neglect. PERIOD! All the money he made shaking down the contractors and the double and triple dipping all those years can now go to paying damages to the victims families and the lives he ruined of the people who's buildings and existence he disrupted !! Fry you arrogant sleazebag !!!
Moe Litvak

New Hyde Park, NY

#29 Jan 6, 2009
kat wrote:
<quoted text> "there"
"their"
end the hate

Brooklyn, NY

#30 Jan 6, 2009
Susan wrote:
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No doubt he has a big nose and a cheesy mustache too.
I am kind of confused. What the F does race have anything to do with this? Yes i am calling YOU out because youre a female and YOU should know better!!!
end the hate

Brooklyn, NY

#31 Jan 6, 2009
Publius wrote:
It's interesting how Newsday censors the slightest discussion of blacks and Hispanics by taking down forum boards that are insulting.
But any sort of white ethnicity is fair game - and so the boards stay up.
This paper and it's employees HATE white middle class Long Island. They loathe them with all of thier being.
The sooner this paper dies, the better.
God speed the day.
I wish they wouldn't censor discussions. I love it when racists have to start an illegal immigration discussion JUST BECAUSE the name of the person involved is "jose martinez", or have to say the same boring line "isnt diversity great?" or "keep your culture in your own country". I love to yell at you people and make you look dumb, but unfortunately newsday doesnt feel the same. Because of people like you turning a simple article about how a hispanic citizen female, killed her bf while she was drunk, into some kind of sick, twisted, illegal mexicans thread, Newsday is censoring more and more articles till one day (pretty soon) they are just going to disable comments all together.
You better keep shut if you know whats best for you!
Knight of the Damned

Glen Cove, NY

#32 Jan 6, 2009
The 'usual suspects' want to turn us all into Gazaians.
Teri

Salt Lake City, UT

#33 Feb 1, 2009
Moe Litvak wrote:
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The company is in his name, but I wonder who really owns it.
Billys brother Alfred Rapetti has been involved in some investments over the years, and has a history of taking people to the cleaners ,
Someone should look into that rotten brother of his.
This hole thing has Alfred Rapetti All Over it ,,,
NYC

El Monte, CA

#34 Jun 20, 2010
Teri wrote:
<quoted text>
Billys brother Alfred Rapetti has been involved in some investments over the years, and has a history of taking people to the cleaners ,
Someone should look into that rotten brother of his.
This hole thing has Alfred Rapetti All Over it ,,,
Looks like the Gold Digger from Utah has surfaced!!
Teri

Logan, UT

#35 Feb 14, 2012
NYC wrote:
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Looks like the Gold Digger from Utah has surfaced!!
The Gold diggers name is Julie!
Teri

Logan, UT

#36 Feb 14, 2012
The gold diggers name is Julie.
Jeff Gerber

Staten Island, NY

#37 Mar 21, 2012
Anyone who knows anything about Steven Spinola, President of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), knows that he is a union-buster. In order to increase the profits for the developers that his organization represents, he wants the city to relax the rules for obtaining a license to operate a crane in New York City so contractors can bring in inexperienced, non-union crane operators who will work for less money than union crane operators. This may save the developers money, but it will drastically increase the likelihood of future crane accidents.

Those recent accidents in Manhattan, which resulted in the deaths of Wayne Bliedner and Donald Leo, two members of IUOE Local 14, were caused by faulty equipment/rigging, not by operator error. Spinola and his fellow union-busters knows this, but instead of questioning the business practices of the owner of those cranes, they decided to use these accidents as subterfuge to push for the weakening of the requirements to obtain a NYC Department of Buildings Hoist Machine Operator license, which will greatly weaken the crane operator's union by causing an influx of inexperienced non-union crane operators from out of state. REBNY doesn't care about the extraordinary skill of union crane operators and Local 14's exemplary safety record. All they care about is the additional money they will make if they successfully bust the crane operator's union.

Since: May 13

Location hidden

#38 May 28, 2013
This shows lack of training, contractor should be fined.

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