Collapsed Philly Building Contractor Non-Union With Criminal Record (VIDEO)
UPDATED 6/6/13 5:45 PST
In fast-breaking developments following the devastating collapse of a vacant building in Pennsylvania, several sources are reporting that the contractor hired to demolish the building has a criminal record.
At approximately 10:40 Wednesday morning, a four-story building that was being demolished at 2140 Market Street collapsed on top of a neighboring Salvation Army Thrift Store, killing 6 and injuring dozens.
Philly.com reports that the contractor, identified as Griffin T. Campbell of Griffin Campbell Construction, who had recently filed for bankruptcy;
“pleaded guilty in April 2009 to having filed a false insurance claim, claiming to be a passenger in a car involved in a 2005 auto collision that was actually a hoax to defraud an insurance company.
After filing the false claim, Campbell was paid $17,500 by Cambridge Insurance Co., plus $5,856 for medical bills. The scam unraveled when a Philadelphia officer, Deshane Riggins, admitted preparing “numerous fictitious accident reports” and identified Campbell’s as one of them.”
While the proper permits where issued for the demolition project by the Department of Licenses and Inspections, the site before the collapse was a cause of concern for many because it was clearly unsafe.
Raging Chicken Press learned a source;
“…from local Sheet Metal Workers and Philadelphia AFL-CIO that the construction company performing the demolition… was a non-unionized building contractor.”
Now, in an exclusive update, The Everlasting GOP Stoppers has learned directly from the same source cited in the Raging Chicken Press story,
…”before the first responders even got there, Local 30 roofers were working on a building across the street and dropped everything to go in and start pulling people out.”
Steve Cramer, a member of Carpenters Union Local 122; said he and his crew knew that trouble was likely when the non-union crew used a machine was used to take the 4 story building, which had a wall that abutted the single story thrift store, to take the building down;
“It’s a total disregard for safety. You’ve got to take it down small piece by small piece. Start at the top. Take the roof off.”
CNN reports that OSHA is investigating the accident.
Read the entire story HERE.
Video via 11Alive.com
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