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Record Fine in Building Collapse

October 22, 1987|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The government today imposed a record $5.11-million fine against contractors in the April collapse of a half-built Bridgeport, Conn., apartment complex that killed 28 workers.

John A. Pendergrass, chief of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said an investigation revealed "a serious disregard for basic fundamental engineering practices." The collapse was triggered by failure of a jacking system used to lift concrete floor slabs into place, he added. The contracting company was formed by TPM International of Darien, Conn., and B. H. Macomber of Boston.

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