Back when my and my coworker's kids were young, we used to grab the
Wednesday paper and check out the police blotter section. They would
publish a full page of mug shots very similar to the one in that link. We
would vote on which one we should call to babysit our kids.
I'm on dial-up, and so I'm lucky to maintain a download speed of 4
kilobytes per second, and downloading tens or hundred megabyte video
files take hours and even days.
Is there anything on the video that looks like the bucket operator
doesn't know what he's doing or is working dangerously?
CNN reported that his blood was tested after the building collapsed and
indications of prescription pain killers and marijuana were found in his
blood. But, they didn't say whether the amounts of those drugs would
have been high enough to impair his performance or judgement.
Well if that is the one story building, right NEXT DOOR to the four
story building being torn down, which the higher building collapsed
No one should have been in that one story building! If you watch
buildings being torn down, you will see that brick walls can fall all
over the place - not just neatly fall in one direction (no matter who is
operating the equipment).
So someone should have made them close that one story building until
demolition was completed. In my area the city or fire department would
have required that.
Also the demolition company should have refused to tear down that
building if the neighbors refused to vacate.
I just watched the video, and I am amazed that not one person in the area
noticed what a dangerous situation it was as they were demo-ing the building
attached to the thrift store. No bystander, thrift store owner or customer,
police officer, firefighter, fire/rescue EMT, property owner across the
street, etc. It would be one thing if the thrift store appeared to be not
open (as in the video) and people may have concluded that it too was being
torn down. But, an open thrift store, with people going in and out, while
the attached building was being demo-ed sure seems like it should have
caused some observer to question what was going on. What a sad tragedy for
all of those who were killed or harmed by this fiasco.
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