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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The owner of a New York marine construction company and a crane operator have been charged with reckless endangerment in a crane collapse in Stamford Harbor.

Nicholas Concavage, owner of Concavage Marine Contractors in Port Chester, N.Y., faces two misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment and a single charge of operating an unregistered crane, The Advocate of Stamford reported .   Crane operator Richard Dufresne was charged with one count of reckless endangerment and operating a crane without a license.
A phone message left Thursday morning at the company was not immediately returned. Dufresne does not have a listed number.

The arrest affidavits say the crane flipped over last May, glancing a sail boat and landing on a power boat. No one was injured.

A state inspector determined the crane lacked several safety devices, and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Concavage $165,200 for “willful and serious workplace safety violations” related to the missing safety devices.

The crane did not have boom stops that could keep it from flipping backward, inspection documentation, four-year flotation device inspection and other requirements, according to an arrest affidavit.

A state crane inspector reported to the investigating state police officer that if any of the required devices was not in proper working order, the crane should have been taken out of service immediately, the affidavit said. The investigators also discovered that the crane was not registered for operation in Connecticut.

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