Deadly New York City Crane Collapse Insurance Challenged

June 14, 2012

New York’s top court says misrepresentations on insurance forms by the operator of a crane involved in a deadly collapse four years ago could also limit coverage for the developer and builder. The accident killed seven people in midtown Manhattan.

Alliance Insurance claims Joy Contractors Inc. said it specialized in drywall installation, didn’t do exterior work and did no work above the second floor except for indoor drywall. The company says that means no coverage for the nearly 200-foot-tall crane that toppled, killing six workers and a woman visiting the city in March 2008.

The Court of Appeals says Tuesday if Alliance proves that was not a valid policy for Joy, it also won’t cover “additional insureds,” including general contractor Reliance Construction and the owners and developers.

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