Construction crews in Parma, Idaho were busy working onmulti-story onion shed, when the under construction structure collapsed, sending some that were on the roof down with it. 14 crew members were either on the structure or around it at the time of collapse, but 6 of them were transported to the hospital. First responders on the scene explained that it was lucky that only 6 were injured.
Not much is known about the building collapse at this time, but OSHA has already begun their investigation. Workers on site told local ABC 6 that they heard a loud bang and then felt the structure give way. Judging by the videos below, there appeared to be bracing on the partially complete walls.
The extent of the injuries suffered by the 6 workers transported to the hospital is not yet known, but we obviously hope they all make a full recovery.
For more details, check out the videos below from local ABC 6 and local CBS.
Like many of the states in the Mountain time zone, Utah has a relatively large area of land, but has a low population compared to the average state. That may be changing in the coming years, as the US Census data has shown that Utah has the 2nd fastest growing population in the country as of 2013.
Over 2 years ago, concern began to grow when it was discovered that the 58-story high Millennium Tower in San Francisco had settled 16 inches and tilted 2 inches, after just 8 years of being open. The latest reports, according to NBC Bay Area, say that the building is now tilting 18 inches, when measured at the top. That stress on the curtain wall may have caused a 36-story window to crack.
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On March 15, 2018, 6 people were killed and 8 others were injured when an under construction pedestrian bridge collapsed in Florida. Several months later, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released their preliminary report while conducting an official investigation. The NTSB has recently released an “Investigative Update” to their preliminary report.
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There’s no doubt that construction workers do not get enough recognition for the hard work they put into building our nation's structures. At the end of each project, the workers are typically on to the next jobsite while executives and politicians are cutting the ribbon on their new facility.