With news this morning that the Florida Department of Transportation has closed the southbound lanes of the Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart, Florida due to the risk of its “imminent collapse”, it once again brings about the topic of structure collapses. Why they happen and how they can be prevented.
Structure collapses happen more often than you think. Especially lately. On October 12, 2019, the Hard Rock hotel in New Orleans collapsed, killing three construction workers and injuring many others. On March 15, 2018, the FIU-Sweetwater University City pedestrian bridge collapsed, killing six people and injuring many others.
In most cases, these collapses could have been prevented, and lives saved. All too often, the contractors, engineers, inspectors, and others involved in the construction projects rush to get the job done and put their profits over the safety of the workers and the public at large. We must slow down and put people over profit.
Romano Law Group has a team, with decades of combined experience, that specializes in structure collapse cases in Florida and across the country. The firm has established protocols in handling these cases, including the initial investigation and preservation of evidence, in order to hold those responsible for these avoidable and catastrophic incidents accountable and to obtain justice for the victims.