Work Resumes On Site Of Partial Building Collapse

Dec 3, 2019

Work has resumed at the construction site at the corner of Fourth and Race streets which suffered a partial building collapse last week that injured four and killed one worker. 

The accident happened at a Cincinnati Center City Development (3CDC) project. The partial collapse occurred during a concrete pour on the seventh floor, which fell into the sixth floor. 3CDC says structural engineering consulting firm Thornton Tomasetti has now confirmed the structure is stable, and construction workers will continue working on the development as of Tuesday.

The original crew will work on levels one through five and eastern parts of levels six and seven, which the collapse did not impact. Meanwhile, a new crew will focus on stabilizing the western part of the site that collapsed.

On Nov. 26, a day after the collapse, firefighters recovered the body of Preston Todd Delph, 58, of Hebron, Ky. 3CDC issued a statement saying its "thoughts are with (Delph's family) as they begin to grieve this heartbreaking loss," adding "despite the painful news, we must now work to ensure that the area where the partial collapse took place is safe. ... Once completed, we can start to fully evaluate what happened and work to make sure the proper protocols are put in place to avoid anything like this happening in the future."

Four other workers were injured.

Turner Construction, a contractor on the project, said it had made grief counseling available to its workers.