Skip to comments.More FIU bridge contractors settle collapse lawsuits
Posted on 07/20/2019 1:01:30 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The money won through this latest settlement will be added to the pool of $42 million that was set aside during bankruptcy proceedings initiated by the general contractor for the FIU project Magnum Construction Management (MCM), which went by Munilla Construction Management at the time of the collapse.
The Miami-based construction company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on March 1, 2018, and said it lost $200 million of potential income from future contracts, as well as its Florida DOT certifications after the accident. The company said that it is continuing operations despite the bankruptcy.
While the fight continues around a resolution to civil court financial claims, reports since the collapse have pointed the finger of blame at FIGG and other contractors.
The last of the National Transportation Safety Board's interim reports, issued in August 2018, said that their testing found no problems with the material, which left design and installation as potential contributing factors. The bridge was manufactured offsite and then brought onto the FIU campus for installation.
OSHA has also weighed in on the collapse, pulling no punches in identifying where FIGG, MCM and other designers and contractors went wrong. In a report issued last month, the agency said the cracks that appeared in the bridge's structure before the collapse were a sign of errors in FIGG's design. OSHA said the bridge should have been shored up, work stopped and traffic underneath the span shut down until corrective steps could be taken to ensure the structure's integrity.
The method of building the FIU span, known as Accelerated Bridge Construction, was put under a microscope after the collapse, but the method continues to help transportation agencies build and replace bridges on a tighter schedule with increased safety for both tradesmen, who don't have to work at higher reaches and instead can do their work in a near-factory setting, and motorists, who don't have to navigate construction zones and alternate routes for extended periods of time.
For instance, the Connecticut DOT recently shaved an estimated two years off of the construction schedule for the replacement of a bridge over Interstate 95 in Stamford, Connecticut. After manufacturing the bridge offsite, contractor O&G Industries was able to install it during just two weekends.
Was this the “Gurl Power” engineering disaster?
Hiring unqualified minority contractors not mentioned...
Affirmative action engineering company only hired females.
When you don’t hire the best - but base hiring decisions on plumbing - the outcome of any project is pre-determined.
Looked like a structural design flaw to me...should have had beams built in it..
It was a long flat span if enforce concrete
This whole mess is out of the media headlights. I haven’t seen a thing except here on FR.
Government and the PC sh##. Hiring minority contractors regardless of their experience and the bidding system that allows them to use inferior materials to keep the bid low and win it and by hiring unskilled workers illegals makes this a government responsibility. They are suppose protect the citizenry
The failures were not in the long flat span!
Nothing to see here - move on already. Makes no news that Florida International University (FIU) WANTED to show favor towards a minority-owned firm (female). I’m sure that the dead and injured will be glad to rebate a portion of their damages to the proper LEFTist organizations to show that they recognize the ‘good intentions’. Right?
Thanks for the update. The media cabal has covered this up since it became apparent that the root cause of the failure was affirmative action.
I wasn’t aware of this point, can you please enlighten me?
Can you provide details about this please?
I looked extensively online about this and can find nothing. Can you provide details, please?
Women engineers with fake degrees. No oversight. Disaster and death
Do the math or get the hell out of public safety and engineering projects
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