Condo tragedy reminiscent of Berkman garage collapse in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A wing of a beachfront rental building collapsed in a town exterior Miami early Thursday, killing at minimum 1 human being and trapping others in rubble. The tragedy is reminiscent of a catastrophe that transpired in Jacksonville on Dec. 6, 2007, when the Berkman Plaza II garage […]

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A wing of a beachfront rental building collapsed in a town exterior Miami early Thursday, killing at minimum 1 human being and trapping others in rubble.

The tragedy is reminiscent of a catastrophe that transpired in Jacksonville on Dec. 6, 2007, when the Berkman Plaza II garage collapsed. That garage was under construction and killed one particular man or woman when it fell. 20-a few other people had been hurt.

About 6 months following the collapse, the Occupational Protection and Health Administration unveiled a lengthy report detailing several violations that led to it. “When the concrete on the 6th level was staying poured, there had been no re-shores underneath the 3rd degree besides a couple less than the perimeter beams,” the report reads. “The contractor violated OSHA’s 1926.701(a) common.”

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The report also mentions cracks that ended up in the concrete slabs on the third story.

“The threshold inspector unsuccessful to notice that major continual rebars ended up missing in the ramp slab from the 2nd to the 3rd stage,” the report reads. “The threshold inspector and the standard contractor failed to take care of the likely adverse influence of the cracks on the load-carrying capability of the slab.”

Link: OSHA investigation of parking garage collapse at Berkman Plaza II

A three-member panel of arbitrators dominated that the 2007 collapse of the Berkman Plaza II garage was the “direct end result of design and style errors” for which Berkman is lawfully liable.

The panel also requested Berkman to shell out Choate Development Co., the basic contractor, a multimillion-dollar lien for wrongful termination after the downtown garage collapse.

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News4Jax crime and basic safety pro Ken Jefferson was functioning for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office environment at the time as the agency’s community data officer. He was one particular of the very first officer’s at the scene and helped with the crowd management and dissemination of information and facts to the news media.

“They’re considering the worst. They’re hoping for the finest but thinking the worst. There could be persons underneath all this rubble and we have bought to find them,” Jefferson said about very first responders who were starting to sift as a result of the rubble.

Numerous lawsuits spawned from the collapse.

Since the collapse, the fifty percent-crafted Berkman II Plaza has not been torn down. It would have housed the residences that the parking garage would have serviced. Only in modern months has it ultimately started shifting toward demolition.

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