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Contractor claims video shows structural flaws prior to Hard Rock Hotel collapse
  Wednesday 16 October, 2019
Contractor claims video shows structural flaws prior to Hard Rock Hotel collapse

NEW ORLEANS A video posted on social media claiming to show structural problems inside the Hard Rock Hotel construction site two days before its deadly collapse has become part of the investigation into the tragedy, authorities said Wednesday.

The video, posted Tuesday by a contractor, caught the attention of investigators looking into the collapse that authorities say killed three people, including one person unaccounted for who is now believed to be dead.

Investigators said they will determine the video's authenticity and whether it shows structural problems prior to the collapse.

Weve seen it. Were well aware of it. Its provided to everybody and that will certainly be part of our investigation and our evaluation, New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell said.

A structural engineer who reviewed the video said he does not believe it reveals definitive evidence of what caused the collapse. The video shows thin, white, temporary beams called post shores stretching from concrete floor to ceiling and bending.

It looks like (the post shores) were standing pretty far apart but there may be nothing wrong with that. I still think an outside thing happened to cause the collapse, said structural engineer Walter Zehner, who once consulted on the project before it became a planned Hard Rock Hotel.

NEW ORLEANS A video posted on social media claiming to show structural problems inside the Hard Rock Hotel construction site two days before its deadly collapse has become part of the investigation into the tragedy, authorities said Wednesday.

The video, posted Tuesday by a contractor, caught the attention of investigators looking into the collapse that authorities say killed three people, including one person unaccounted for who is now believed to be dead.

Investigators said they will determine the video's authenticity and whether it shows structural problems prior to the collapse.

Weve seen it. Were well aware of it. Its provided to everybody and that will certainly be part of our investigation and our evaluation, New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell said.

A structural engineer who reviewed the video said he does not believe it reveals definitive evidence of what caused the collapse. The video shows thin, white, temporary beams called post shores stretching from concrete floor to ceiling and bending.

It looks like (the post shores) were standing pretty far apart but there may be nothing wrong with that. I still think an outside thing happened to cause the collapse, said structural engineer Walter Zehner, who once consulted on the project before it became a planned Hard Rock Hotel.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/10/16/hard-rock-hotel-new-orleans-video-shows-flaws-contractor-claims/4005543002/

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