County's Crane Ordinance Deconstructed in Federal Court
The county passed the law in March of last year, the same month a much more serious crane accident claimed two lives. The measure had been on the table before that -- after a string of accidents in 2006 claimed 14 lives -- but had met with resistance from the construction industry. The measure put even stricter rules on construction companies, and gave the county the power to shutdown construction sites.
The local chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors and three other industry groups challenged the ordinance in court.
Yesterday a federal judge ruled that sufficient federal standards on crane safety existed, and that these preempted local standards. So, basically they stripped some of the strongest regulations from the ordinance. You can read the full summary judgement here.