Lax building inspections, lurking danger

Number 27620
Subject City Government
Source Philadelphia Inquirer
State
Year 2015
Publication Date February to October 2015
Summary When a building collapsed in Center City Philadelphia, killing six people and injuring 13, attention quickly focused on the reckless demolition contractor who cut corners in taking down the building. Then it shifted to the city agency charged with overseeing demolitions and ensuring safety. Chagrined city officials pledged safety reforms and stepped up enforcement. An Inquirer investigation revealed just how empty those promises were and documented dangerous conditions in buildings across the city.
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Keywords safety; demolition; deaths; dangerous; buildings
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