A two-story Brooklyn, N.Y., home damaged during Hurricane Sandy was nearly rebuilt when it fell off its temporary cribbing and collapsed during renovations. The fall ruined the newly framed lower story, although no workers were injured and the home was not occupied.
Officials in New York's "Build It Back" program suspended all work by the contractor responsible for the project while investigators tried to get to the bottom of the story, reports JLC's Ted Cushman.
Luis Tormenta, CEO of the LiRo Group, the construction manager for Build it Back’s housing recovery in Brooklyn, told community members: "At this point, we’re trying to figure out why the home collapsed. Whether it was due to human error or whether it was a technical situation having to do with the way the house was constructed. It’s very fortunate no one was hurt. But that’s no excuse. And what we want to make sure is that going forward this does not happen again.”