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Dentists sue over New York crane collapse during storm Sandy

Published on Nov 10, 2012 8:19 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Two New York City dentists have filed a US$5 million (S$6.21 million) lawsuit against the contractor at a nearly completed 90-storey luxury apartment building, blaming it for the collapse of the top of a construction crane during superstorm Sandy.

The lawsuit, filed in US District Court in Manhattan on Friday, said the contractor, Australia's Lend Lease Construction, was negligent because it failed to make sure the crane was properly secured before the massive storm.

"The crane collapse and the ensuing week-long evacuation was a direct result of defendants' failure to prepare, maintain, operate, and secure the crane to withstand the winds of the widely anticipated Hurricane Sandy," the lawsuit said.

As a result of the Oct 29 collapse, residents and businesses in the surrounding area were evacuated until Nov 4.

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