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Bridge Collapse at College Kills Worker

Monday, November 17, 2014

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A bridge pour for a new pedestrian bridge at a North Carolina community college went fatally awry when the center span collapsed, killing one worker and seriously injuring four others.

The accident occurred about 10:15 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 13) on the north Raleigh campus of Wake Technical Community College.

"The center span collapsed as they were pouring the concrete," Wake Tech President Stephen Scott told reporters.

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The center span, about 140 feet long, dropped about 40 feet to the ground below, officials said.

The 140-foot-long span dropped about 40 feet to the ground, said Jonathan Olson, Wake County EMS Operations Chief. Some workers managed to escape; the others were scattered underneath.

Subcontractor Victims

One worker was killed instantly; the others were transported to a WakeMed Raleigh with what were reported as serious injuries.

The victims' identities were withheld pending notification of their families.

All of the victims worked for Central Concrete of N.C. Inc., a subcontractor working for general contractor Skanska Construction on the 200-foot-long bridge.


One worker was killed; four others were reported seriously injured. Their names were not immediately released. The victims worked for a concrete subcontractor of Skanska.

Central Concrete could not be reached for comment Friday (Nov. 14), and the phone number did not accept messages. The company does not have a web site.

North Carolina has its own Occupational Safety and Health Plan, and that agency is investigating. There was no initial indication as to a cause of the collapse.

OSHA Records

A check of OSHA records on Friday showed that Skanska projects in North Carolina had been inspected seven times in 10 years, with citations issued on two occasions.

In 2005, OSHA dropped nine out of 10 citations—all but one serious—on a multifamily construction project in Greenville.

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The bridge is part of a $47.5 million campus expansion project set for completion next fall.

Central Concrete was issued a citation in 2007 for one serious violation related to fall protection and fined $700.

In 2007, the agency dropped the only serious citation issued against Skanska after an inspection at Duke University.

About the Project

The bridge is part of a $47.5 million campus expansion project that includes an 87,000-square-foot instructional building and a 782-space parking deck. Completion is set for fall 2015.

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Tagged categories: Accidents; Bridges; Colleges and Universities; Construction; Fatalities; Health & Safety; North America

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