The association said: “The onerous provisions, issued without industry consultation, call for crane operators to submit detailed rigging plans–including operational procedures, manufacturer’s documentation, material specifications and engineering reports–prior to review and approval of their Crane Notice (CN) applications. These additional provisions are also far above the recently enacted City Council legislation, and require engineering certifications and manufacturer information which are not obtainable.

In a letter to Jason Ocharsky, P.E., Executive Director, Cranes & Derricks Division, Department of Buildings, Alfred G. Gerosa, Executive Director of the Cement League, stated, “The effect of your new provisions, not discussed with the industry and whatever their legality, is to shut down the entire tower crane industry in the city, throwing thousands of construction workers out of work. The compliance with these provisions is not possible.”

The association’s comments echo those of the crane and rigging association the SC&RA.

Founded in 1905, The Cement League operates as the bargaining agent for eight building trade unions and employs a professional engineer to assist members with technical issues. Since its inception, The Cement League has been a charter member of The Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA).