Skip to comments.Sources: Crane Operator In Building Collapse Had Pot, Painkiller In His System
Posted on 06/07/2013 1:39:32 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) Sources tell CBS 3 that blood tests on the crane operator involved with Wednesdays deadly building collapse in Center City detected the presence of a prescription painkiller and marijuana.
The blood, along with urine, was taken from 42-year-old Sean Benschop at the hospital approximately two hours after the collapse at 22nd and Market Streets, which killed six people and injured 13. (See Related Story)
Sources say investigators also noticed that Benschop, who has a history of 11 prior arrests, including a conviction for possession and dealing drugs, was speaking in what police considered an unusually slow, quiet way, almost whispering, according to a source.
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With his record, why was he even hired to operate a crane?
No more so than alcohol.
With his record he shouldn’t have had the job in the first place.
“pot does not hurt anyone, it’s a victimless crime. “
The pain killer was most likely the cause. “Do not operate heavy machinery.”
Whats the problem,hes just be’en a bro
Is this a union only job site?
Not true! Marihuana is much more dangerous because smokers can consume it from waking up all through the day and not think they are impaired.
If Obie had a son...
He'd be at Harvard Law smoking pot, not some dirt bag jobsite in Philly LOL.
Yes you have to belong to the pothead union.-
Which union is defending him?
“With his record, why was he even hired to operate a crane?”
There’s a huge push to forbid employee background checks. This is because prior arrests prevent former convicts from getting jobs. One of the people arguing for this was a director at a company where I worked. She said she’d give a former convict a job over someone who wasn’t a former convict because “they needed the break.” (My thought was, what about the guy who kept his nose clean, has a perfect record and needs a job? What about HIM? But I didn’t say it because she was an idiot and idiots want to live in an echo chamber.)
The International Bro’hood of Crazane Opsimaters.
They ALL are in Philly!
The government doesn’t have the IT resources to do background checks on pothead crane operators.
That’s what I figured.
At GM, we’d have union guys and gals get dismissed for dealing on company property (pretty much never for possession or being under the influence).
And in a couple months they’d be back after completing a rehab stint.
And I’ll bet they were on paid leave too...
Obama wii probably promote him to all the shovel ready projects since
he is probably Union and can’t be fired.
He was hired in Philadelphia for one reason. Nuff said
A crane operator has to have split second reactions.
Which do they think was more responsible, the painkiller or the pot?
How much of either?
If he smoked marijuana and took the painkiller the night before last then what does it have to do with anything?
If he smoked the marijuana and took the painkiller in the last hour defiantly relevant.
Typically not, although some would get back pay eventually.
A lot depended on nepotism, cronyism, etc.
I recalled a report on flying and marijuana. Seems that numerous studies show that up to 24 hours later, pot impairs the ability to perform tasks. But depending on the pain meds - they probably had a greater effect.
The EEOC is really pushing hard on the "don't do background checks" thing.
They are just waiting to have a "test" case that they can take to court. Right now it's just a suggestion from the EEOC.
My company will still be doing background checks. Good mercy some people don't need a "break", some people need to be locked up and the key thrown away. (rme)
Not to mention the brain cells it kills over a period of time.
Wouldn’t you need an engineer present for this type of work? Just because you can operate a crane doesn’t mean you can safely bring down a building.
Only if he's in the union. Otherwise forget it.
Marijuana stays in the system for thirty days and will test positive.
Many construction workers are on pain meds because of previous injuries. He may have a prescription for back or leg pain.
“A crane operator has to have split second reactions.”
That’s why I suggest the pain killer was more of the problem. Pain killers are “downers,” and they can really slow down the reflexes. But pot could potentiate that effect. But when you’re prescribed a pain killer, the info always says, “Don’t drive or operate heavy machinery.”
Non union job! I am a heavy equiptment operator and have operated cranes as well it’s not a job to be messed up on!
It may have been his action that contributed to the collapse, but as a construction worker myself I think the supervision was wrong in it’s method of demolition. One witness mentioned them pulling out a piece of steel that was giving some support just before the collapse. However I have never seen a piece of steel use to shore up a 4 story wall on initial construction, unless they installed it as a safety device.
I for one can not understand the perimiter not being secure to other buildings and citizens in the area! Especially in close proximity.
“With his record, why was he even hired to operate a crane?”
You don’t really want to go there do you? (grin)
Just makes you want to spend money in CO, doesn’t it. [More than a little irony and sarcasm there.]
A drunken crane operator almost impaled me onto a boxcar at Ceco Steel, Lemont, IL, summer of 1968. Looked like this guy in Philly, too...Amish he was.
What, if anything, did the operation of the crane have to do with the building’s collapse? The article says that the crane operator is not being charged with anything.
Also, the article does not say how much of either the pain killer, or the pot were detected in the operator. These tests are very sensitive, so a “detectable” amount can be far less than required for impairment.
RIIIGHT; and some moron who is so smoked out that he can’t win the game of “FIND YOUR OWN FOOT” is OK to operate a motor vehicle or heavy equipment?
NOT on my job site slick, in fact I would have had him jailed and out of of the Operator Engineers forever.
At least the legal drug alcohol doesn't impair people... except for the fact that it's worse (in terms of death and violence) than all illegal drugs combined.
Prohibitionists are Tyrants. And criminal negligence is criminal negligence.
This guy isn't a criminal because he smoked weed, he's a criminal because he operated a very dangerous piece of equipment while under the influence of drugs. Whether the drugs in question were legal or not is irrelevant.
Personally, if forced to make such a choice, I'd rather have somebody who is stoned on weed operating a crane long before I'd settle for someone who has had several alcoholic beverages.
Just looking at numbers would be a fool’s errand. There’s the potential of “impairment”, however measured, from MJ, and from the painkiller, and from the combination.
I was a union ironworker for 15 years till a crane knocked me off the steel and broke my back falling three floors.
Alcohol wasn't found in his system, was it?