MILWAUKEE (AP) — The 13-ton concrete slab that fell from a Milwaukee parking structure and killed a teenager apparently wasn’t installed as designed.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports only two steel connections held the heavy slab in place, not four as called for in the building design.
Investigators are also looking into whether a different type of connection was used and whether the steel was of the strength specified in building blueprints.
The $30 million dollar O’Donnell Park structure had problems from the beginning in the early 1990s. The lead contractor was fired by Milwaukee County over major structural problems.
Fifteen-year-old Jared Kellner of Greenfield was on his way to Summerfest with a friend and his friend’s parents when he was killed by the falling slab of concrete on June 24.
Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com