Contractor Found Not Guilty After Deadly Crane Collapse

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Rigging contractor William Rapetti was cleared of all charges related to a crane collapse that killed seven people on East 51st Street two years ago. Prosecutors said Rapetti was to blame because he used shoddy slings to hold up a portion of the crane as it was raised, but Rapetti’s lawyers argued that city agencies "made many mistakes that led to the collapse," like offering steel beams "not made to the engineer’s specifications" in the first place. [City Room/NYT]