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A study of the Department of Buildings commissioned in the wake of last year's crane collapses found problems in 68% of tower cranes observed, and plenty of poorly trained inspectors, the Daily News reports: 'Inspectors are currently not uniformly equipped to judge the acceptability of common unsafe conditions,' the study concluded. 'They rely primarily on their own varying level of training, experience and degree of tolerance on nonconforming issues.' The report faulted the department for having 'no standard training procedure' for critical field inspections and said procedures are so lax it's often impossible to to determine whether architects' plans conform to city code." [NYDN]