Contractor sues supplier of a crane that collapsed during Hurricane Irma

L&R Structural Corp. sued Maxim Crane Works LP after the hurricane broke Maxim's crane at a construction site in downtown Miami

A contractor constructing a high-rise apartment building in downtown Miami sued the supplier of a crane that collapsed during Hurricane Irma.

Miami-based L&R Structural Corp. sued Maxim Crane Works LP after its crane collapsed at the construction site of X Miami, an apartment development formerly known as Vice.

In the lawsuit filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, L&R charged Maxim with breach of express warranty, breach of lease and product liability. L&R, which had leased the crane for $23,000 a month, also accused Maxim of negligence for providing a deficient plan to prepare the construction site for a hurricane.

L&R claimed that Maxim was responsible under their lease agreement for disassembling and relocating the damaged crane after Hurricane Irma hit Miami on Sept. 10.

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Maxim refused to do so and instead sent an engineer to monitor L&R’s removal of the broken crane at the L&R’s expense, according to the lawsuit.

In a Sept. 19 letter to the contractor, Maxim told L&R that it was responsible for costs stemming from the crane accident under the terms of their lease agreement.

Holland & Knight attorneys Michael Candes, James McCrae and Andrew Albaugh filed the lawsuit on behalf of L&R.

Construction of X Miami, a 31-story building with 464 apartments, is scheduled to conclude in fall. The building’s developer is Property Markets Group. [Daily Business Review] – Mike Seemuth