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6 dead, 10 hurt in Miami bridge collapse

Laura Ingle has the latest on the death toll from Miami, Florida.

The two companies responsible for building the Florida International University’s “instant bridge”, which suddenly collapsed on Thursday and left six people dead, is coming under increasing scrutiny of the details of the past engineering failures and inspection penalties — including a recent accusation that a hired “unskilled” and “careless” employees.

The $14.2 million pedestrian bridge was supposed to open next year, to help students in crossing the busy road, next to the campus. It was an accelerated, joint construction of the work by two Florida companies: MCM Construction Miami on the basis of the contractor, and Figg Bridge Design, based in Tallahassee, who both have worked on dozens of projects throughout the country, ranging from military facilities for schools.

“Innovations that take a design in an area where they do not apply experience, and then we have an unexpected failure on our hands,” Robert Bea, a professor of the engineering and construction management at the University of California, Berkeley, told the Associated Press after the view of the bridge design, and the pile of rubble it was reduced to Thursday afternoon.

As state and federal investigators worked Friday to determine how and why the five-day-old span fails, a factor may have been the stress test in Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said crews on the span. Two employees were on the 950-ton bridge at the pancaked on top of vehicles waiting at a traffic light.

March 15, 2018: The collapsed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University in Miami area.

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Renderings of the project before it was showed a high, off-center tower with the support of the cables that are connected to the walkway, the Associated Press reported. When the bridge collapsed, the tower had not yet been installed, and it was unclear what the builders were used as temporary supports.

But the collapse is not the first incident in which both the company.

The Virginia Department of Labor cited Figg for four violations in 2012 after a 90-tonne slab of concrete fell from a bridge was in the vicinity of Norfolk, according to the Miami Herald.

Figg was hit with a $ 28,000 penalty and the Ministry of Labour, said the company was changed from a bar without the right to inspect or obtain written consent of the manufacturer, The Virginian-Pilot reported.

March 15, 2018: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue firefighters respond to the bridge collapse.

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The beam ultimately failed and was responsible for the collapse, that ultimately, the delay of the bridge to open for three months, and leaving four workers with minor injuries.

Despite this collapse, the company said Thursday that “in our 40-year history, nothing like this has ever happened.”

MCM Construction, meanwhile, in a lawsuit filed earlier this month, was accused of hiring “incompetent, inexperienced, unskilled, or negligent employees.”

The company is building an expansion to the Fort Lauderdale International Airport and an employee there was injured when a makeshift bridge collapsed under his weight, the lawsuit says, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

Miami-Dade Fire rescue workers inspect the scene following Thursday’s bridge collapse.

(AP/South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

The newspaper cites the Occupational Safety Health Administration records, also said MCM is slapped with fines totalling more than $50,000 in the past five years for 11 safety information, including complaints about cement dust and unsafe trenches in the construction.

At a given moment, a subcontractor who walked out on a job site, won a $143,000 judgment against MCM after the quotation of the security with a bridge project on Red Road in the Miami area, the Miami Herald reported.

“MCM is a family-run business, and we are all heartbroken and will do everything we can to help,” the company said in a statement on its website Thursday. “We carry out a full investigation to determine exactly what went wrong and work together with researchers on the scene in every way.”

The “building projects” tab of the website of the company shows that it has worked on a number of projects at PortMiami, and built schools, police buildings and adult facilities.

The Miami Herald, which called MCM, one of the “most influential contractors in Miami-Dade,” reported that her name also appears on the $ 130 million in the construction of the tasks of the Department of Defense and a $63 million school on the Naval base of Guantanamo Bay.

“God bless everyone.”

Shocking image of the aftermath of a pedestrian bridge collapse causing several people to death at @FIU in Florida. https://t.co/MiQYWDiEl3 pic.twitter.com/5kt8mkPhJ2

— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 15, 2018

The accelerated construction method was intended to reduce the risks to workers and pedestrians and minimise traffic disruption, the university had said.

The school has long been interested in this kind of bridge design, in 2010, was an Accelerated bridge construction Center “for the transport, the industry, with the tools that are necessary to the efficient and economical use of the principles of ABC to enhance mobility and safety, and the production of safe, environmentally friendly, sustainable bridges.

“FIU is about building bridges and student safety. This project accomplishes our mission beautifully,” school president Mark B. Rosenberg said in a statement Saturday that now appears to have been taken from the website of the university.

“We are filled with pride and satisfaction at the sight of this technical tour de force come to life, and connect our campus to the surrounding community, where thousands of our students live,” he added.

You will see something new as the drive from 8th street this week ? #UniversityCity https://t.co/wfwLpL7sZY pic.twitter.com/YWOOkqCQeE

— FIU College of Arts, Sciences And Education (@FIUCASE) March 12, 2018

The FIU community, along with Sweetwater and officials of the province, even held a “bridge watch party” on 10 March. That is, when the span was lifted from the temporary supports, rotated 90 degrees about an eight-lane road, and lowered into its permanent position above the busy road.

Rosenberg said Thursday, after the bridge, the collapse of the community a sense of immense grief, uncontrollable grief.”

“We are committed to helping in all efforts necessary, and our hope is that this grief can mobilize the entire community to stay the course, a course of goodness, of hope, of possibilities,” Rosenberg said.

The identities of the victims have not yet been released, and rescuers were still looking for the rubble on Friday for more people can be locked up.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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