Held at the department's headquarters in Lower Manhattan, theconference, according to a prepared DOB statement, serves as "astep forward in developing an ongoing worldwide dialogue amongresponsible parties in the crane industry, including governmentregulators, crane owners, manufacturers, operators, contractors,engineers, and riggers."

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In the coming months, commissioner LiMandri plans to hold asafety summit with major crane manufacturers to discuss how to makecranes safer and build upon ideas generated at the conference. "Weeach represent different cities, states, and countries, but we areall facing the same challenge--how to make cranes safer," saidcommissioner LiMandri at the conference.

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"Recent accidents in NewYork City and other jurisdictions around the world have made itclear that crane safety is a critical issue affecting all of us,"he continued. "Cranes easily move across state lines andinternational borders with varying degrees of oversight, and thisconference will foster an international dialogue to helpstandardize regulations and better protect millions of New Yorkersand others around the world."

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According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, cranes havecaused 323 fatalities across the country between 1992 and 2006, 68of which were due to collapsing craneslike the one that led to the death of six workers and one civilianon March 15 in New York City. Following two crane collapses in NewYork City this year, the Department has hired engineering expertsto study crane operations, expanded crane inspectionchecklists from 35 items to more than 200, and implementedtougher regulations, asGlobeSt.com reported, including mandatory training for tower craneworkers and the submission of detailed rigging and jumping plans aspart of the crane application process.

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At the conference, officials reviewed crane safety standards forpermitting, licensing, maintaining, repairing, and operating cranesin order to identify ways to collectively address the problems thathave plagued the crane industry. Earlier in the day, CommissionerLiMandri joined the officials in a brief tour of a constructionsite at 123 Washington St. in Lower Manhattan where a 200-foot-highcrane has been erected.

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