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Brighton Beach Building Collapse: Raw Video, Photos


One person died and four others were injured in the Brighton Beach building collapse yesterday, which preliminary reports suggest occurred as construction workers poured concrete on the upper levels before having done the lower levels.

We brought you on-scene play-by-play yesterday, as emergency responders dug into the wreckage and ultimately secured the site. The Department of Buildings is still investigating the incident, but a Stop Work Order has been put into effect, and safety violations have been issued.

We managed to get some photos up yesterday, but here’s our collection of photos and videos from our team and Sheepshead Bites readers.

Raw video filmed by Sheepshead Bites:

Video from YouTube users:

Photos, largely by our team, with a few thrown in by reader Alex Sokoletsky:

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  1. This is so stupid to have cement workers start from the top to the bottom.  That’s a no, no. What is the building department going to do?? I am sure this is not the first time these workers were building floors in a building and did not know this. What kind of construction workers are their today?? This is just pure negligence upon the cement co & it’s workers who they hire.  It’s all about money. There is big problems here one life was lost this just does not make any sense.

  2. In this type of low-rise construction it would not make one bit of difference the order in which concrete was placed. It looks like there was a problem with the steel supporting the C-joists. Whether or not there was cured concrete on the deck a floor below wouldn’t cause this collapse. Yesterday they were reporting bad foundation and other causes- and since changed the suspected cause. It’s too early to tell. Chances are it will come down to bad structural design and or an error in the steel work supporting the decking.

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