The attorney for the crane rigger accused of causing the deadly 2008 crane collapse in Manhattan said that “incompetence at the highest levels of city government” caused the accident, which killed seven people, rather than the “recklessness” prosecutors alleged against his client, William Rapetti. Photo: AP/Louis Lanzano Rapetti on the day of his indictment in January, 2009. Photo: Michael Goodman for ENR The defense has emphasized that Rapetti operated equipment at Ground Zero. Related Links: Rigger Declines Jury Trial Crane-Failure Case Heading to Court Rapetti was the master rigger of a 200-ft-high tower crane at the high-rise apartment construction site
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.