Floor in Florida apartment collapses, 55 people injured

October 22nd, 2012 - by DKRPA

Officials in Tallahassee, Florida are investigating a massive floor collapse at an apartment complex that was built in 1995. According to emergency responders at the scene, a four-room apartment on the second floor of a building suddenly collapsed as the tenants hosted a party.

Roughly 100 people were in the apartment, 55 of which were injured in some way when the floor gave way. The injuries were thankfully only minor to moderate in nature, as many suffered broken bones, sprains, cuts and bruises in the fall.

There will be a number of questions that need to be answered as investigators look through the rubble of this unexpected floor collapse.

First, fire inspectors will look at the capacity issues of the apartment. Did the tenants go over their allowable limit? Were they violating any fire codes by holding this party? It’s possible that some issues may come up here; but the more likely (and unnerving) cause of this incident is failure on the part of the landlord or owner of the complex.

Were they up to code with building inspections? Had they properly taken care of the building, and did they schedule routine and necessary appointments to guarantee the structure was sound? Have past tenants requested, noted or made written complaints about the state of the building and its floors?

There are many ways that the liability can fall in this case; and even though the injuries in this floor collapse aren’t particularly serious, it does not excuse the incident if negligence contributed to the ultimate collapse.

Source: Associated Press, “Dozens injured in Tallahassee floor collapse,” Oct. 21, 2012

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