Engineers failed to recognize danger during FIU bridge inspection hours before collapse

The engineers of the pedestrian bridge that collapsed at Florida International University last year failed to recognize that the bridge was in danger of failing during an inspection juts hours before the accident, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The bridge collapsed at 1:45 p.m. on March 15, 2018, killing a construction worker and five motorists who were waiting at the traffic light underneath the bridge. The concrete truss on the bridge had developed numerous wide and deep structural cracks that jeopardized the integrity of the bridge, according to areport, released this week. The engineer on record, with the Figg Engineering Group, should have immediately instructed that the bridge be shored and that the street below, SW 8th Street, be closed, the report states. The post-tensioning bars were being re-tensioned when the bridge failed.

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