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Case Name: NY Cranes & Equipment

State: NY
County: New York
Prosecutors: Assistant District Attorney Deborah Hickey
Incident Date: 05/30/2008
Incident Type: Crane Collapse

Victim Information:

Victim Name: Donald Leo
Age: 30
Injury Type: Fatality
Job Title: Construction Worker
Employer: New York Crane & Equipment
Victim Name: Ramadan Kurtaj
Age: 27
Injury Type: Fatality
Job Title: Construction Worker
Employer: New York Crane & Equipment
Description: Two construction workers killed in crane collapse. The company's owner, James Lomma, had relied on an unqualified Chinese company called RTR Bearings to make repairs to the crane because RTR offered a low price ($20,000) and quick turnaround. A bid from Avon Bearings in Ohio quoted $120,127 for the same work. Ten months prior to the accident, RTR warned NY Cranes that they doubted they could capably perform the welds required to fix the machinery.
OSHA Inspection Detail Link(s): OSHA Inspection Detail 1

Defendant Information:

Name: New York Crane and Equipment Corp.
Type: Entity
Title: Entity
Penal Crimes Charged: Second Degree Manslaughter; Assault; Criminally Negligent Homicide; Reckless Endangerment
Other Crimes Charged: None
Plea Info: Pleaded not guilty
Conviction/Sentence: Info. unavailable
Name: James Lomma
Type: Individual
Title: Owner
Penal Crimes Charged: Second Degree Manslaughter; Assault; Criminally Negligent Homicide; Reckless Endangerment
Other Crimes Charged: None
Plea Info: Pleaded not guilty
Conviction/Sentence: Acquitted on all charges.
Name: Tibor Varganyi
Type: Individual
Title: Former Employee
Penal Crimes Charged: Second Degree Manslaughter; Assault; Criminally Negligent Homicide; Reckless Endangerment
Other Crimes Charged: None
Plea Info: Pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide
Conviction/Sentence: Sentenced to one year of community service.
Additional Information: Unavailable

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