Morning Headlines: L&I and Shirt Corner Owner Had Prepared for Possible Collapse

Expect the unexpected they did.

Photo credit: Joe Coufal

Photo credit: Joe Coufal

A 40-foot wall that careened down while JPC Group workers carried out the Shirt Corner’s assigned demolition caused the site’s partial premature collapse on Thursday. At least, this is what Leo Addimando — the property’s owner — said during yesterday’s press conference.

Addimando said that although the fall of the wall wasn’t planned, he was aware of the possibility. L&I Commissioner Carlton Williams added that it was for this reason that “every safety precaution had been taken,” particularly in light of the June building collapse at 22nd and Market.

From the Philadelphia Business Journal:

Williams said the June building collapse that killed six people and injured 13 has meant “added precautions” for all demolitions around the city.

Addimando said there were six safety “spotters” on site urging pedestrians to walk on the other side of the street, telling people to move cars and, at times, blocking North Third Street from traffic.

Despite some debris hitting nearby buildings, no injuries were reported.

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