Durability + Design

Building Performance and Aesthetics

A Product of Technology Publishing
JPCL/PaintSquare | D+D | Paint BidTracker

D+D 2014
Register Now for D+D 2014

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Philadelphia Roof Collapse Injures 4

Thursday, January 31, 2013

More items for Maintenance + Renovation

Comment | More

Federal officials are investigating the partial collapse of a police facility under construction that injured several workers on Tuesday (Jan. 29) afternoon in Philadelphia.

Four workers, including a man in his 80s, suffered non-life-threatening neck and back injuries and were taken to local hospitals after a section of the wood framed building toppled at about 1 p.m. ET, according to local news reports.

construction collapse
WPVI / ABC

Parts of the wood framing of the police building under construction collapsed, injuring workers Tuesday afternoon in Philadelphia.

Police officials said three workers crawled out of the rubble: a 23-year-old with a leg injury; a 47-year-old with chest pains; and an 83-year-old with a back injury, reports said. However, firefighters told members of the media that a fourth worker was also injured in the accident.

It took only five seconds for the roof to come down, according to a video posted by a local television station that shows footage from a surveillance camera across the street.

Officials did not return requests for more information Wednesday morning.

Cause Probed

No cause of the collapse has been identified.

A spokesperson from OSHA’s Region 3 office in Philadelphia said it had commenced an investigation, noting that the federal agency has up to six months to complete that process. The City's Department of Licenses and Inspections is also investigating.

axis construction management
www.axisbuilds.com

Axis Construction Management, the general contractor for the new police facility, has completed a variety of commercial and institutional projects throughout Philadelphia and the East Coast, according to its website.

Those authorities questioned the project's general contractor, Axis Construction Management of Conshohocken, PA,  late into Tuesday night, according to reports.

The contractor did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

Axis Construction was cited for an other-than-serious fall protection hazard in February 2011 and informally settled for $354, according to OSHA's database.

Project Details

The police facility construction project broke ground in August 2012 and includes a renovation of a 30,000-square-foot warehouse and a 10,000-square-foot addition for office space.

The building is owned by Iron Stone Partners of Philadelphia. The building owner did not return a request for comment Wednesday.

The facility will house the Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit, the city’s Department of Human Services Sexual Abuse Investigations Unit, Philadelphia’s Children’s Alliance, and the district attorney’s office in the East Hunting area of the city.

“This co-location facility is critical to coordinating crime-response strategies across the City of Philadelphia,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter in a statement. “Bringing together these different agencies that share the same goal, to support and protect the victims of sexual abuse, will further enhance the efficiency of investigations and the efficacy of services provided to victims.”

Though expected to be complete in early 2013, the timeline for the project may be pushed back following Tuesday’s accident, reports noted.

Collapse Heard Across Street

Noise from the collapsing building was heard by the Rev. Carlos Diaz, who was in his office nearby, according to a local ABC affiliate.

"First of all, I thought, 'I hope no one was hurt,' main thing. I know there were a lot of crew people walking back and forth," Diaz told the news bureau.

   

Tagged categories: Accidents; General contractors; Health and safety; OSHA; Renovation; Roofing materials

Comment from Donald L Crusan, (1/31/2013, 9:41 AM)

My main thought here is: 83 Year Old Construction Worker. May the Gods Bless this guy. What he could teach us that is not in "The Books"


Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (2/1/2013, 9:27 AM)

Makes me want to bump up my 401(k) contribution even further.


Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Armakleen Company, The
No Ordinary Soda

ARMEX® baking soda-based abrasives from the makers of ARM & HAMMER® products offers over 12 formulas specially engineered for your application and your budget.


Chemique Inc.
Graffiti Control Made Easy!TM

Artisan® Anti-Graffiti products for quick and easy removal of graffiti. Can be applied onto wood, brick, natural stone, concrete, stucco, metal, painted surfaces, and more. Water based and VOC compliant.


Insulating Coatings Corporation (Astec)
Seamles - Durable - Pliable
Green Building Qualified

With ASTEC Re-Ply™ Cool Roof Systems you can save your roof, save money and help save the planet! Why pay to replace your roof when you can Re-Ply™ it? 1.800.223.8494


Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.
The Proven Performer!

Custom-fabricated, single-ply commercial roofing system. Watertight, highly reflective, resistant to chemicals, fire and high winds. Virtually maintenance-free!


VaproShield
Innovative Vapor Permeable Air Barrier Membranes

Designed for all climate construction and compatible with most substrates for easy installation, our membranes emit zero VOC's and require no primer.


Acrymax Technologies, Inc.
Go for the Max with Acrymax!

We offer solutions you can count on. Roof coating systems, protective coatings, corrosion control and weatherproofing. Proven performance for over 60 years.


BASF
New resins from BASF will have metals loving water:

Excellent corrosion resistance, low VOC, high gloss, thin films basf.us/industrialcoatings
polyorders@basf.com
800-231-7868

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker JPCL Europe

 
EXPLORE D+D:      Interact   |   Blogs   |   Resources   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   White Papers   |   Classifieds
GET D+D:      Subscribe   |   Advertising Media Kit
KNOW D+D:      About D+D   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2010-2014, Technology Publishing, Co., All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com