Operator, contractor cited in NYC crane collapse

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Photo -   FILE- In this Jan. 9, 2013 file photo, a mangled crane lies at the construction site in the Queens borough of New York where it collapsed behind a big neon "Pepsi Cola" sign, a local landmark. On Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, the New York City Buildings Department cited Paul Greer, the crane operator, and the contractor, Cross Country Construction LLC with safety violations that could cost each of them $64 thousand in fines. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
FILE- In this Jan. 9, 2013 file photo, a mangled crane lies at the construction site in the Queens borough of New York where it collapsed behind a big neon "Pepsi Cola" sign, a local landmark. On Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, the New York City Buildings Department cited Paul Greer, the crane operator, and the contractor, Cross Country Construction LLC with safety violations that could cost each of them $64 thousand in fines. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say a crane operator and a contractor failed to inspect equipment and ran the rig unsafely before it collapsed at a New York City apartment tower construction site. Seven construction workers were hurt.

The city Buildings Department said Wednesday that crane operator Paul Geer and contractor Cross Country Construction LLC were each cited with five violations from the Jan. 9 collapse in Queens. Each faces at least $64,000 in fines.

The local crane operators' union president says many factors still need to be explored. Geer's phone number couldn't be found.

Cross Country Construction didn't immediately return a call.

Officials say Geer was trying to lift more than twice the crane's capacity when its arm fell.

The project developer and a site safety manager were cited with a violation apiece.

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