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Construction magnate admits he never inspected 2008 crane collapse

Sixty-nine-year-old New York Crane and Equipment Corp. owner James Lomma, whose machinery figured in a 2008 Upper East Side accident, told the Manhattan Supreme Court on December 4 that he didn’t inspect the ensuing wreckage himself because he was afraid of heights, the New York Post reported.

The accident involved a crane collapse from a height of 34 floors that killed crane operator Donald Leo, Jr., and construction worker Kurtaj Ramadan.

Although Lomma was acquitted of criminal charges in 2012, he now faces charges for being party to the creation of a dangerous work site by knowingly using questionable parts from an untested Chinese dealer.

Leo’s mother, Maria, said she found Lomma’s claims hard to believe, as Lomma owns and flies a twin engine Pilatus jet.

If you have been injured in a construction site accident in New York due to an unsafe work environment or faulty equipment, the negligent party should be held fully accountable for any financial damages you have incurred. Call the offices of Hach & Rose, LLP, at (212) 779-0057 today to learn about your legal options.


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