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Notice of Claim Filed in Fatal Manhattan Construction Accident

Notice of Claim Filed in Fatal Manhattan Construction Accident

The first lawsuit is in the works from the March 15 New York City construction crane accident that killed seven people, demolished a home and damaged nearby office buildings in Manhattan.

Christopher Canzona, brother of Clifford Canzona, is suing the city for $30M for his sibling's wrongful death, according to the Associated Press. Canzona was employed by Rapetti Rigging Service.

Attorney Alan B. Leibowitz filed a request in Manhattan's state Supreme Court for an order requesting access to documents relevant to the fatal accident.

Clifford Canzona was working on the site of a 46-story condominium when the crane toppled and caused Canzona and other construction workers to fall 18 stories to the ground. Canzona was found dead three days later under rubble and debris, his brother's official notice of claim stipulates. The notice also said the accident was "caused, in part, by the negligence of the city" and its Department of Buildings for failing to inspect the construction site properly and in "ignoring obvious defects" in how the tower was erected," according to Newsday.com.

Last week, a city construction site inspector was arrested after it was found he lied about inspecting the crane in question 11 days before the accident.

New York City Buildings Commissioner Patricia Lancaster said the city "will rely upon the findings of our forensic investigation to explore ways in which tragedies like this can be prevented," according to the New York Daily News.

Newsday reported the city made an immediate change in protocol involving crane operation. From now on, a buildings inspector has to be on site before a crane can be lowered or raised during construction.

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