Experts: 2 key changes could have averted Philadelphia collapse

06/10/2013 | KYW-TV (Philadelphia) · KYW-TV (Philadelphia)

Temporary bracing and evacuation of an adjacent single-story building could have averted the fatal collapse of a building in Philadelphia last week, according to engineering experts. "A proper plan of demolition would have had temporary bracing to keep that wall in a stable situation, so that you can bring it down in a controlled manner, so that it will fall in the direction that you want it to fall," said Robert Brehm, a civil engineering professor at the city's Drexel University. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia City Council will hold a hearing later this year to address demolition issues, including toughening permit qualifications, hiring more inspectors and requiring the presence of an engineer on site.

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