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Old 10-12-2019, 12:30 PM
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[Breaking News!] Hotel collapse in New Orleans

AP story here. The Hard Rock was/is under construction and a whole side of it just collapsed.

Dramatic 8 second video here.

Initial reports were no injuries but now they're saying 1 dead and 3 missing. From the video I kinda wondered if the people in it were okay; it looks like they got caught in the debris if not outright fallen on.

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Old 10-12-2019, 03:01 PM
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Drone footage up close of the damage:
Old 10-12-2019, 03:40 PM
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Trying to rush the concrete?
Old 10-12-2019, 04:50 PM
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Oh! The Humanity!
Old 10-12-2019, 11:01 PM
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A large section of a Hard Rock Hotel under construction beside New Orleans’ historic French Quarter collapsed Saturday amid blinding dust and flying debris, killing one person and injuring more than 20. Rescue workers searched the largely unstable building until nightfall for two people still unaccounted for.

Nearby buildings were evacuated. A 270-foot construction crane — one of two still looming over the multistory building — also was dangerously unstable, fire officials said. The hunt for the missing was suspended at nightfall over safety concerns. A statement from the project contractor said its representatives would work “throughout the night” with emergency officials on a plan to stabilize the building.

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Old 10-13-2019, 07:16 PM
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2 dead; 1 unaccounted for now. More than 20 injured.
Old 10-14-2019, 05:53 AM
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Huh? This happens in the US? Since when?
Old 10-14-2019, 08:07 AM
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Seriously? You're shocked?

This sort of thing used to be even more common in the past. Construction is hazardous and bodies buried under tons of debris take awhile to find and extract. The US is not some paradise where such things never happen, in fact, over the past decade there's been more than one construction collapse in the media.
Old 10-14-2019, 09:24 AM
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As of this morning, there is still a rescue crew looking for one more worker in the debris. Listening on the local (New Orleans) radio news this morning, someone indicated that they knew about where the last worker is, but have to work to safely clear enough debris to get to him.

The last person rescued alive from the 9/11 rubble was found 27 hours after the towers fell. Since the Hard Rock Hotel collapse, roughly 48 hours have elapsed. Still, there have been some miracle rescues after earthquakes several days out from building collapses ... so there's hope.
Old 10-14-2019, 11:43 AM
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Working on college campuses means seeing new buildings going up quite often.

And that means the occasional death which gets more widely reported than most sites for some reason. It seems like 1 death every 2-3 large buildings but that can't be the actual ratio. But still it happened so many times over my career it really sunk in how dangerous construction is.

It was always odd to think in terms of "That building over there cost $6M and one life."

We also knew of such things more personally. One woman we knew lost her husband when he fell off the roof of a house under construction.
Old 10-17-2019, 08:09 AM
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Looks like a few days before the collapse workers could see what was bound to happen:

"Look, Papo, 'the best engineering!' Look at these large stretches (between supports) and s--t beams! (unintelligible) They're already to the point of breaking," the worker says in Spanish in the video.
"Look at how it's bent already! They couldn't remove it because it's too bent and it has too much pressure. The huge spaces without beams look! What a very s--t structure these architects and engineers are building! This is seriously bad, Papa!"
Old 10-17-2019, 08:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Two Many Cats View Post
Huh? This happens in the US? Since when?
Since like forever. We try to keep major disasters rare, but we can't eliminate them. Every now and then a flawed plan gets all the way through to fabrication, or a good plan gets implemented incorrectly, or a good plan gets changed in the field in a bad way, or the construction process gets rushed, or an unfinished structure gets subjected to a load that nobody really considered. According to the article bobot linked to, there may have been several of those factors involved: a questionable design (corrugated metal configuration), rushing the concrete, and/or the presence of a heavy scissor lift. Will be very interested to hear the final report when it comes out.
Old 10-17-2019, 09:36 AM
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They have abandoned hope for finding the third missing person; death toll now at 3:
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They took down (via explosives) the cranes today:


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