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Crane Accident Highlights Failed Legislation

May 30th, 2008 by flanews

A deadly accident in New York is drawing attention to crane operator legislation that failed in Tallahassee. This morning in New York City a crane collapsed killing two people. Investigators are still trying to figure out what happened. Florida Lawmakers said no to a bill aimed at setting statewide standards for crane operators. The legislations came after a crane accident killed two people in Miami. North Florida Associated Builders and Contractors fought hard to pass the legislation. The Associations Chairman Gary Stout says the New York accident highlights the need for statewide regulation.

Recently accidents have happened during the erection and dismantling of these tower frames. So if we train the operators to be safer in this process, its going to make thing better for everyone, said Stout.

Stout says his group will fight hard to get the statewide training and regulations approved by lawmakers next year.

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