Product News and Recalls

Building collapse kills at least 6, injures 13 in Philadelphia

A building slated for demolition collapsed in Center City Philadelphia on Wednesday. As of June 6, six people were reported dead and 13 were reported injured, according to CNN.

Though the technical investigation into the cause is ongoing, those with intimate knowledge of the structure and its condition are less than surprised, the Washington Post reported.

Witness reports are damning. One witness related: “For weeks they’ve been standing on the edge, knocking bricks off. You could just see it was ready to go at any time. I knew it was going to happen.”

Another worker who spent several days tending to a building across the street tells an equally shocking tale foreshadowing the building’s demise. “We’ve been calling it for the past week – it’s going to fall. It’s going to fall.”

A demolition permit was issued to Campbell Construction for the four-story structure on February 1st of this year. Four months later, the building has demolished itself, taking a Salvation Army store, six lives, and the well-being of many with it.

If you or someone you know was injured in the Philadelphia building collapse at 22nd and Market, contact Lopez McHugh for a free consultation. We have a proven track record in the construction injury arena and experience dealing with contractors, subcontractors, and the wide variety of ways that construction companies attempt to turn a profit while avoid liability.

In addition to construction litigating experience, founding partner James McHugh, Jr. has direct experience in the construction industry. Before earning his Juris Doctorate he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University. He has over 10 years of experience in the construction industry and has supervised many high-cost projects, including a major renovation at Philadelphia International Airport.

See the Washington Post story here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/philly-building-being-demolished-collapses-raining-bricks-onto-thrift-shop-1-dead-13-hurt/2013/06/05/b7e38ac8-ce40-11e2-8573-3baeea6a2647_story.html

See the CNN story here:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/05/us/pennsylvania-philadelphia-building-collapse