Report: Garage That Collapsed Had Flaws

Report Says Many To Blame For Downtown Garage That Collapsed In 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Channel 4 has obtained a new report on the government's investigation of the deadly downtown garage collapse in 2007.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration report said there was a "plague" of errors in the construction and there are many people to blame for the collapse.

The garage for the then-new Berkman Plaza high rise collapsed early in the morning on Dec. 6, 2007, killing 26-year-old Willie Edwards III and injuring 23 workers.

Edwards was a father of two children.

Edwards' family watched and waited for more than 48 hours as searchers scoured the rubble.

"Praying and hoping he's alive," a family member said at the time. "All we can do is wait."

The report blames the engineers who designed the garage, the contractors who disregarded the plans and the inspector who didn't notice the critical problems.

According to the report, structural supports were removed from the first and second floors while construction was underway. That was a violation of OSHA's standard.

The report said if the contractor had not removed the supports, the incident would not have occurred, despite the flawed structural design.


Because those supports were missing, the weight on the third floor was 300 percent greater than it should have been.

According to the report, the fact that the supports were missing, "Was in plain sight of everyone involved."

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