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Two companies behind collapsed $14 million Florida pedestrian bridge also built other collapsed bridges: report

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Two companies which build a “first-of-its-kind pedestrian bridge” which collapsed at Florida International University have recently been accused of unsafe practices. One even built another collapsed bridge, reports Miami New Times.

First responders are still trying to rescue people buried underneath the $14.2 million bridge over six lanes of busy traffic. Several have been reported dead already.

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But according to New Times, two companies involved in the FIU bridge have faced lawsuits regarding other collapsed bridges.

South Florida’s Munilla Construction Management, one of the companies that build the bridge, was accused of shoddy work at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport in a lawsuit filed just two weeks ago.

In that case, TSA worker Jose Perez says that a makeshift bridge erected by the company broke as he was walking on it on Oct. 20, 2016 .

“They built this makeshift bridge in the area where all the employees work, and it was poorly done. He fell and hurt himself really badly,” Perez’s lawyer told New Times. “He had multiple broken bones and damage to his spine … They did shoddy work.”

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Another company that partnered on the bridge, Tallahassee-based Figg, also had a bridge collapse while being built. That collapse happened in 2012, in Norfolk, Virginia. Four people were injured, the Virginian-Pilot reported, and officials there said the company was “fortunate” that no one was killed.

Videos of the collapsed bridge being constructed, and immediately after the collapse, are below.


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