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Crist at construction site: more inspections are good

Gov. Charlie Crist on Friday briefly toured the site of Tuesday's tower crane collapse in Miami, then endorsed legislation368talk29_crane_dade_jsp_embedded_2 pending in the Legislature that would regulate the training and certification of heavy crane operators.

''There is also legislation in Tallahassee,'' he told reporters in front of the construction site. ``It attempted to go through last year. It did not pass. But it looks like it has a much better opportunity [this year]. So I'm encouraged by that as well.''

Asked if he endorsed the pending crane bill, Crist replied: ``Yes, I do.''

He noted also that a Miami-Dade County ordinance went into effect Friday to regulate heavy cranes and added: ``Whenever you have more restrictions, more inspections that's always a good thing.''

The collapse Tuesday of a section of the tower crane killed two men and injured five.

-- ALFONSO CHARDY

Photo: JOSHUA PREZANT/FOR THE MIAMI HERALD
Charlie Crist talks to the media after touring the site of the crane accident that killed two workers and injured five at the Paramount Bay Luxury Condo that are being built on Friday.

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