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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

Foot bridge collapses at Florida university, several hurt -reports

  Foot bridge collapses at Florida university, several hurt -reports A pedestrian bridge collapsed on Thursday at Florida International University in Miami Dade County, trapping several people and cars underneath the structure. The bridge connects the university with the city of Sweetwater and was only opened days ago, CBS Miami reported. The channel showed footage of firefighters climbing on the wreckage of the bridge while paramedics treated several people on the road.Miami police warned people to avoid the area.Live footage on CBS Miami showed the bridge had collapsed on top of at least three vehicles. Firefighters were on the scene and medics were treating injured people.

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. Firms involved in construction of bridge that collapsed have history of safety complaints - Продолжительность: 0:59 CBS News 3 761

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.

Witnesses describe hearing victims trapped in Miami bridge collapse

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.

Witnesses describe hearing victims trapped in Miami bridge collapse

  Witnesses describe hearing victims trapped in Miami bridge collapse Rescue workers are searching for survivors of a catastrophic bridge collapse in Miami. A number of people were killed, and 10 people are in the hospital, with two in very critical condition.The harrowing collapse happened shortly before 2 p.m.

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – It was a moment of celebration this past Saturday for Florida International University when the pedestrian bridge was Although it is too soon to tell what caused the collapse , CBS4 News has learned two of firms that built the bridge have been accused of unsafe practices.

Two firms involved in the construction of collapsed Miami bridge have a history of safety complaints .

"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.

Survivor of FIU bridge collapse sues design-construction firms for reckless negligence

  Survivor of FIU bridge collapse sues design-construction firms for reckless negligence Two days after the last body was removed from a collapsed bridge near FIU, the first civil lawsuit stemming from the tragedy has been filed - and it alleges reckless negligence on the part of the companies that did design and construction. Marquise Rashaad Hepburn, who lives in Miami-Dade County, was "seriously injured" as he rode his bicycle under the pedestrian bridge spanning Southwest Eighth Street at 109th Avenue near the main campus of Florida International University, according to a lawsuit filed Monday morning in state Circuit Court in Miami. As the massive, 174-foot concrete slab came crashing down, a car swerved into Hepburn, sending him airborne, according to the suit.

Miami bridge that collapsed was built to withstand a hurricane - Продолжительность: 2:18 CBS Evening News 285 874 просмотра. Construction Firms Behind FIU Pedestrian Bridge Have History Of Safety Complaints - Продолжительность: 4:44 CBS Miami 28 366 просмотров.

A special construction method was used on the pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Florida on The employee’s lawyer alleges that a makeshift bridge MCM built for workers to use while the company As for FIGG, a 90-ton portion of a bridge the company was assembling in Virginia in June 2012 fell

"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.

Family of truck driver killed in FIU bridge collapse sues builders .
"They know better than to not shut that roadway down right before that collapse."Six people, including Rolando Fraga, 60, were killed when the 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapsed on cars driving on Southwest Eighth Street shortly after 1:30 p.m. last Thursday.

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