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gregzoll 12-23-2013 09:20 AM

Deck collapsed in New Albany, Indiana
NEW ALBANY, Ind. - Several people were injured after a deck collapsed at a southern Indiana subdivision clubhouse.

Maj. Jason Cochran of the New Chapel Fire Department said crews transported seven people to hospitals following the collapse Sunday afternoon in northern Floyd County. He says none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening. The injuries included head injuries, minor abrasions and back pain.

The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal reports more than two dozen people had gathered on the deck for a family photo when it collapsed.

The collapse occurred in the Wolf Lake subdivision northwest of Interstates 65 and I-265, about five miles north of Louisville.

Live_Oak 12-23-2013 12:11 PM

"Keep the gummint ouda my bidness, I don't need no danged building code to tell ME what to do on my own property!"

rossfingal 12-23-2013 02:17 PM

Yeah that "pesky", "gummint" with those "pesky" building codes!

People wonder why our quotes for 2nd/3rd story decks/porches -
are so much higher than other quotes.
One thing (among others) - we have our plans checked by one of those
"pesky" engineers.

A number of years ago - in Chicago -
3 story porch collapse.
Injured and dead people.
I wish I had the photos of the result of that -

Happy Holidays!


rusty baker 12-23-2013 03:06 PM

And codes don't always work. But usually better than nothing. Remember the skywalk collapse in Kansas City?
Killed 114, injured 216 more. I lived near there at the time.

Oso954 12-23-2013 06:18 PM


And codes don't always work. But usually better than nothing. Remember the skywalk collapse in Kansas City?
Not sure that is "code not working". The original engineered design probably would have withstood it. But the contractor asked for a design change and it was approved with "engineering judgement". Had they analyzed the change in detail, they may have caught the error (loads of lower walks going to the higher ones instead of directly to roof).
IIRC, 2 engineers lost their licenses.

So, system failure yes, but I don't buy code failure.

mj12 12-23-2013 10:07 PM

I am known in these parts as Mr overbuild. So many people can see the future it is absolutely amazing. " we will never have that many people on that deck" " I lived here 40 years never had a gfci, I do not need one now"

Fix'n it 12-23-2013 10:09 PM

i remember that. wasn't it something about bolts pulling through poorly welded i beam ?

ooops, just looked at the link. i am right. i would have never approved of what they did.

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