Crane operator fined

A crane operator in New York has been fined $1,600 for operating a luffing jib tower crane without a valid licence.

The operator, Wayne Miller, was working with the contractor J.F. Stearns in April 2016 when, according to the Department of Buildings, he operated the crane without the proper endorsement and renewal.

At a hearing in front of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) Miller argued that he had not violated the Building Code, stating that he was only required to have a Class A operating license. The judge allowed the summons to be modified to a charge of not updating his license and issued a fine of $1,600.

Miller appealed the decision but the decision that he was in violation of both code sections was upheld along with the $1,600 fine.


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