The New York City Department of Buildings says engineers have found defects in the hoisting system of the construction crane that crashed down at a Manhattan worksite, killing a worker from Burlington County.

The Buildings Department said Thursday that maintenance and operation of the crane prior to the accident has become the focus of their investigation. An official said poor maintenance and or improper handling of the crane may have contributed to the accident.

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A 30-year-old laborer from New Jersey was killed in the Tuesday accident at the site where the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is building a No. 7 subway line extension.


The MTA said a Jan. 10 inspection by the Buildings Department could not be completed because the rig was in operation at the time. A follow-up had been scheduled for Thursday.
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