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Engineer Blames Shoddy Techniques In NYC Collapse

NEW YORK (AP) — An engineer says shoddy materials and construction techniques caused a fatal collapse at a building site in Brooklyn last week.

Steve Schneider tells The Daily News that the contractor was using lighter gauge steel than required for the floor decking at the five-story condominium project. He also says crews had secured joists with nails and clamps instead of welding them or fastening them with special screws.

Schneider was responsible for checking the site’s safety before workers started pouring concrete, but he says the contractor never notified him that the workers were ready to begin. He says he would not have approved concrete pouring if he had known.

One worker was killed and four injured in the collapse on Tuesday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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  • Josh

    Engineers are usually not on the job site during a construction project. Neither are the architects. They do visit from time to time, but are usually not needed at the site unless there is a problem. The builder is required to follow industry standards and best practices and in this case, simply did not. Crane accident after accident, construction failure after failure, the Bloomberg administration has done nothing to inform the public about the contractors who work in this city. Angie’s list is a good website, but our city should take the lead in grading builders and construction firms. In fact, some firms and their employees (like John Galt) should be banned from working in construction.

  • pete

    Now they will blame each other. The Engineer was 31/2 weeks NOT on the job and did not know anything, although he was in charge. What ridiculous excuse is that. What about Building Permits, and Building inspectors checking out licenses of riggers, ironworkers and welders? This was another Fly-by-night job right under the eyes of corrupt and useless supervisors. Facit: One guy dead, and the builder will declare bankruptcy to get out of financial responsibilities, and open up business under another name when the dust has settled. Case closed.

  • DanTe

    Built to the Russian Standard, I see.

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