A mobile crane has just collapsed over a construction site in the New York City borough of Queens, injuring at least seven people. The 170-foot tall crane, owned by New York Crane, was used at a site where a 25-story building is being build. This is not the first accident involving New York Crane, since the company suffer a similar accident in 2008, accident that killed two construction workers.
The city has faced several issues with large crane hurting workers although the mayor of the city is enforcing since 2012 new licensing and testing requirements for all crane operators in New York City. Licenses for crane operators - known as Hoisting Machine Operators - are divided into three classes: Class C for small mobile cranes, Class A for medium-sized mobile and tower cranes and Class B for a crane of any size or capacity. By 2014, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration will require all crane operators to pass the exams offered by a nationally accredited organization as well as undergo re-testing every five years.
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