Families Reach Settlements Over Fatal Miami Dade College Parking Garage Collapse

Sources told NBC 6 the families were satisfied with the outcome

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    The families that filed lawsuits over October's fatal Miami Dade College parking garage collapse in Doral reached settlements with the construction firms they sued, sources told NBC 6. Lawyers for the general contractor Ajax Building Corp. did not immediately respond to telephone messages. (Published Wednesday, May 1, 2013)

    The families that filed lawsuits over October's fatal Miami Dade College parking garage collapse in Doral reached settlements with the construction firms they sued, sources told NBC 6.

    Because of confidentiality, the specific terms of the agreement were not made public.

    New Report on Miami Dade College Garage Collapse Shows Construction Flaws: Relatives of Victim

    [MI] New Report on Miami Dade College Garage Collapse Shows Construction Flaws: Relatives of Victim
    Family members of a victim of the Miami Dade College garage collapse said Thursday that a just-released report proves their claims that there were serious construction flaws and that inspectors missed the trouble before the garage came down. Jimmy Ramirez and Migdalia Lopez, the relatives of collapse victim Samuel Perez, and their attorney Ervin Gonzalez spoke about the findings from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. General contractor Ajax Building Corp. said it is withholding comment until the period it has to reply to OSHA is over. The inspection company, MEP Structural Engineering and Inspections Inc., and Miami Dade College both said they had no comment. (Published Thursday, Apr 11, 2013)

    The families were satisfied with the outcome of the case in light of the circumstances, sources said.

    Attorneys for the general contractor Ajax Building Corp. did not immediately respond to telephone messages.

    Occupational Safety and Health Administration Issues Penalties in Miami Dade College Garage Collapse

    [MI] Occupational Safety and Health Administration Issues Penalties in Miami Dade College Garage Collapse
    Five contracting companies have been penalized more than $38,000 combined for a series of errors and oversights that led to last October's collapse of Miami Dade College's parking garage that killed four workers, federal safety regulators announced Wednesday. A worker who was injured in the collapse spoke about it Wednesday. The project's general contractor, Ajax Building Corp., said it is witholding comment until the investigation is finished. The construction companies have about two weeks to respond to OSHA's findings. (Published Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013)

    The five-story, $20 million concrete garage at Miami Dade College's west campus collapsed Oct. 10 in an accident that killed four construction workers. The body of one worker was not recovered for more than a week because the accident site was so unstable. The school's 8,000 students had to attend classes on other Miami-Dade campuses until January. No students were injured in the collapse.

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration penalized five contracting companies for more than $38,000 in April after finding evidence of missing welds and grout in some support columns, failure to properly brace columns and failure to inspect 18 columns as required. OSHA also said contractors didn't follow project drawings and instructions.

    Unsecured Column Led to Garage Collapse: Attorney

    [MI] Unsecured Column Led to Miami Dade College Garage Collapse: Attorney
    The Oct. 10 garage collapse on Miami Dade College's west campus happened because of trouble with a column that wasn't properly supported when it was first installed and because inspectors didn't catch the flaw, attorney Ervin Gonzalez said in court Thursday. Meredith Cooper, an attorney for general contractor Ajax Building Corp., also spoke in court. The lawyers for Ajax and the other companies who were in court Thursday declined to comment on the allegations. (Published Thursday, Mar 28, 2013)

    On Wednesday, OSHA said four of the five companies cited by OSHA including the general contractor, accepted the penalites and findings and will pay a total of about $32,000 in fines.

     

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