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June 22, 2009

Structure spacing linked to fatal bridge failure in Atlanta

ATLANTA

Federal investigators say support towers were placed too far apart during work on a pedestrian bridge that collapsed last year and killed a construction worker at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a report that construction firms failed to properly inspect structures supporting the bridge. The report also says several support towers weren’t adequately braced.

The agency cited three construction companies and assessed them fines ranging from around US$5,000 to US$15,000. The Dec. 19 accident killed 66-year-old Angel Chupin and injured another 18 workers.

Hardin Construction Co. and Williams Erection Co. are appealing the citations. The third company, Southeast Access, didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Associated Press

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