Brother's £15m claim is first legal action in wake of accident that killed seven

The brother of a construction worker killed in the New York Crane collapse has filed a claim against the city for $30m (£15m).

The notice of claim by Christopher Canzona, brother of Clifford Canzona, is thought to be the first legal action related to the collapse on 15 March.

According to the notice, Clifford Canzona was helping to erect a 46-story building when the accident occurred and was found dead “on March 18 under rubble and debris crushed by the crane”. He fell 18 floors.

The notice alleges that the accident was “caused, in part, by the negligence of the city” and its Department of Buildings in failing to check the construction site.

Meanwhile a city construction site inspector has been arrested after authorities said he lied about inspecting the crane on 4 March.

The accident killed seven people and damaged several buildings.