Trial begins for rigger in crane collapse

(AP) - A New York City prosecutor says a worker made"inexcusable" choices that caused a 200-foot-tall crane tocollapse in 2008, killing seven people.

But the defendant's lawyer says the crane rigger is being blamedfor other people's mistakes.

William Rapetti's manslaughter trial opened Tuesday inManhattan. It's the first trial stemming from the March 2008disaster, which was one of the nation's deadliest crane accidents.

Assistant District Attorney Sean Sullivan says Rapettirecklessly ignored safety standards for polyester straps he used tosecure a six-ton piece of steel on the crane. Prosecutors say thestraps failed and destabilized the crane.

Defense lawyer Arthur Aidala says the crane wasn't anchoredproperly to the ground, and the collapse wasn't triggered by thestraps.

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