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Philadelphia building collapse kills six

A four-story building collapsed in Philadelphia, throwing bricks and debris onto a nearby Salvation Army Thrift Store in Center City. The building was vacant and was being demolished.

A heavy equipment operator was using an excavator when the remains of the building gave way and fell onto the attached store, killing two employees and four customers and injuring 13 others. Toxicology results showed the equipment operator was under the influence of marijuana and was too impaired to operate the crane. Witness reports combined with the toxicology findings and evidence from the scene gave way to the police raiding his North Philadelphia home.

The 42-year-old operator is charged with six counts of involuntary manslaughter, 13 counts of thoughtlessly endangering another person and one count of risking a catastrophe. He surrendered to face charges in the deaths.

Two survivors contacted Workers' Compensation Attorneys and sued the demolition contractor and building owner. Lawyers for the two survivors who have sued, blame the demolition contractor for disregarding federal safety regulations. Construction engineers reportedly said that the thrift store should have been evacuated during significant phases of the demolition project next door.

It is in the best interest of a person suffering from a work-related accident to seek the assistance of an attorney in order to become informed of his or her rights. The attorney will be knowledgeable about all of the relevant workers' compensation, personal injury and employment laws in that state. To determine where negligence lies, a legal professional should coordinate a detailed investigation into the accident and then recommend the best course of legal action to take.

Source:  New Pittsburgh Courier, "Operator in Philly collapse deaths turns self in" by Maryclaire Dale, Michael Rubinkam and Kathy Matheson, Jun. 09, 2013

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