Cal-OSHA is investigating what caused a wooden pedestrian walkway to collapse in downtown San Diego yesterday. The accident occurred during the lunch hour next to an apartment building under construction at 15th Street and Imperial Avenue, and injured 16 people.
According to witnesses, the walkway first began to sway, then gave way, sending people and debris falling to the ground where pedestrians scrambled. According to one witness, “the whole darn walkway fell down.”
The caused of the accident is currently under investigation. What is known is that the developer for the project is San Diego-based Affirmed Housing Group, and the general contractor for the site is Allgire General Contractors of Carlsbad. It is being reported that state records show that Allgire has had at least two accidents in the past four years. One incident resulted in a $16,000 citation for a serious violation of state safety law.
There are reports that 16 people suffered personal injuries in the accident, including three with injuries that were described as serious. The most severe injuries being reported are a broken leg and a broken back. All of the victims are expected to survive.
UPDATE I: The Union Tribune is reporting this morning that two people remain in critical condition after the walkway accident yesterday. Some of the injured were homeless people who live at the St. Vincent de Paul Village across the street from the construction site. Also, Cal-OSHA is stating that it could take several months for the cause to be determined.
UPDATE II [9/3]: It is being reported today that three seriously injured individuals from the August 28 walkway collapse are still hospitalized. The most serious appears to be one victim who suffered a “broken back.” According the San Diego Union Tribune, the victims ages ranged from 16 to 64. The incident is still being investigated, and we will be keeping on top of this story.
UPDATE III [9/8]: Raw video footage of the accident has been release and can be found on the local NBC website (click here). It is being reported that OSHA may take up to six months to complete its investigation.
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