Last week in Boston, cement trim fell five stories from the roof on a Northeastern University dorm building that was being replaced as part of summer maintenance. The collapse occurred around 8:30am and the site’s foreman and a police officer immediately began searching the rubble for any injured persons. Miraculously, there were no injuries or casualties in this apparent construction accident.
Officials at Northeastern University said they planned to relocate approximately 60 students who were living in the building for the summer, even though Boston structural engineers deemed the building sound. City officials closed a portion of Huntington Avenue for part of the day as a precaution. The E Line was also shut down for approximately three hours so that passing trains would not shake the building.
A spokesman for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said they are already investigating the scene of the accident to see if any safety regulations were violated.