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Building Collapse Debris Injures Passerby

Lauren Fernandez1 year ago

The collapse of an empty building in Brooklyn, New York, sent off falling debris that injured passerby.

About the Building Collapse 

People in the area of an empty Brooklyn building that collapsed on Tuesday, July 14, suffered non-life threatening injuries, reported Reuters. The four-story building was located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of the New York City borough at about 2:30 p.m. The building was unoccupied, said the Office of Emergency Management of New York City, and it was thought to be slated for demolition.

Eyewitness Tracy Blake, 35, claimed that she was crossing the street when the building collapsed: “I heard a loud creaking sound… It sounded like something was being knocked down…It tumbled down so fast, and dust went everywhere.” 

A spokeswoman for the Fire Department of New York said that “a few” people had been injured by the collapse but there was no definite count of people hurt. Those who were injured were evaluated and taken to nearby hospitals if they required treatment, she added. An adjacent building to the collapsed structure was evacuated.

Structural Collapse Safety Guide

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. Department of Labor provides and online guide to structural collapse situations:

  • Collapsed structures can be caused by construction catastrophes, earthquakes, fire, and weather.
  • An internal loadbearing structure will collapse into itself with exterior walls pulled into the falling structure. Explosion or weather may cause a building to collapse in an outward direction, which produces a more scattered debris field.
  • A collapsed structure can caused hazards like flooding, exposed electrical wiring, sewage pathogens, airborne smoke and dust, exposure to hazardous chemicals, gas leaks, fire, sharp objects, falling debris and structural instability, secondary collapse, and insufficient oxygen. 


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