Engineer Blames Shoddy Techniques in Brooklyn Collapse

The building collapse in Brighton Beach killed a worker and injured four others

Sunday, Nov 13, 2011  |  Updated 12:01 PM EDT
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Brooklyn Building Collapses, Trapping Workers

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Brooklyn Building Collapses, Trapping Workers

A building that was under construction in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, collapsed suddenly Tuesday, trapping construction workers.
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An engineer says shoddy materials and construction techniques caused a fatal collapse at a building site in Brooklyn last week.

Steve Schneider tells The Daily News that the contractor was using lighter gauge steel than required for the floor decking at the five-story condominium project. He also says crews had secured joists with nails and clamps instead of welding them or fastening them with special screws.

Schneider was responsible for checking the site's safety before workers started pouring concrete, but he says the contractor never notified him that the workers were ready to begin. He says he would not have approved concrete pouring if he had known.

The construction company was slapped with nine violations after the collapse, which killed one worker and injured four others.

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