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US Firms that built collapsed Miami bridge have history of safety complaints

06:55  16 march  2018
06:55  16 march  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Firms behind construction of collapsed Miami bridge have history of safety complaints . FIGG added they are stunned, and that in their 40-year history nothing like this has ever happened before. Workers at the scene report that Thursday the bridge was reportedly undergoing some sort of stress

CBS Miami 's Silva Harapetian reports on the construction firms behind the FIU pedestrian bridge that came down on Thursday, killing at least four people. Here's how the collapsed South Florida bridge was built - Продолжительность: 1:54 Washington Post 136 286 просмотров.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department personnel and other rescue units work at the scene where a pedestrian bridge collapsed a few days after it was built over southwest 8th street allowing people to bypass the busy street to reach Florida International University on Thu., March 15, 2018, in Miami, Fla. Reports indicate that there are an unknown number of fatalities as a result of the collapse, which crushed at least five cars.: bridge collapse florida international university© Getty bridge collapse florida international university

A special construction method was used on the pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Florida on Thursday, killing several people. The method is known as "accelerated bridge construction," and it's meant to minimize traffic disruption and maximize safety.

But CBS News has learned that two firms involved in the construction have been accused of unsafe practices in the past.

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This past Saturday, it was a moment of celebration for Florida International University (FIU) when the pedestrian bridge was put into place. FIU posted a time-lapse video showing of the event.

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Safety officials have scrutinized some other projects by Munilla Construction Management, one of the companies behind a collapsed bridge in Miami .

The two firms responsible for building Florida International University’s "instant bridge ," which suddenly Published March 16, 2018. Companies behind Florida bridge collapse have history of fines Miami -Dade Fire Rescue personnel inspect the scene following Thursday's bridge collapse .

"This is a dream come true for our university," FIU president Mark Rosenberg said.

Rosenberg hailed the design of the bridge. It was supposed to last 100 years and be able to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. At 174-feet long and 950 tons, the main span of the bridge was lifted from its temporary supports and rotated 90 degrees across eight lanes of highway. It would become the largest pedestrian bridge moved this way in U.S. history.

Munilla Construction Management (MCM) -- a federal military contractor for the U.S. Army and Navy -- partnered with the FIGG Bridge Group to complete the bridge. FIGG has contracts with the Kennedy Space Center and NASA.

MCM'S president Jorge Munilla was full of pride Saturday because of the quick installation of the span.

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MIAMI — The pedestrian bridge that collapsed over a busy Miami street last year, killing Yet none of the many parties involved in building the structure recognized the gravity of the problem. Munilla Construction Management, which is based in Miami , has changed its name to Magnum Construction

Firm that built Miami 's 'insta- bridge ' is being sued for a walkway collapse at Fort Lauderdale airport in 2016 while their partner was fined The two largest construction firms involved in building a newly-installed pedestrian bridge that collapsed , killing up to 10, have a history of serious safety breaches.

"On Friday morning, we closed 8th Street and there was no bridge," Munilla said. "And on Monday morning the bridge will be in place."

But just 10 days ago, the company was sued in South Florida by a TSA employee who was hurt at the Fort Lauderdale airport. The employee's lawyer alleges that a makeshift bridge MCM built for workers to use while the company does construction at the airport broke under his weight.

As for FIGG, a 90-ton portion of a bridge the company was assembling in Virginia in June 2012 fell apart while under construction. The Virginian Pilot reports four workers were hurt and that state regulators fined FIGG $28,000 for safety violations saying it was "pure luck no one was killed."

Both MCM and FIGG said they will cooperate with investigators on the scene. FIGG added they are stunned, and that in their 40-year history nothing like this has ever happened before. Workers at the scene report that Thursday the bridge was reportedly undergoing some sort of stress test.

Documents: Major design change changed bridge cost, schedule .
Construction of the pedestrian bridge that collapsed and killed six people in the Miami area was behind schedule and millions over budget, in part because of a key change in the design and placement of one of its support towers. Documents obtained by The Associated Press through a public-records request show that the Florida Department of Transportation in October 2016 advised Florida International University and its contractors to move one of the bridge's main support structures 11 feet (3 meters) north to the edge of a canal, widening the gap between the crossing's end supports and requiring some new structural design.

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