By: Allan M. Siegel
Earlier this month, two victims were injured and several businesses were
displaced after a parking garage at the Watergate hotel collapsed. The
incident put a halt on construction work being performed as part of a
$125 million hotel renovation project.
According to officials, the incident took place shortly after 10:00 a.m.
on Friday May 1st. Here are a few details about what is known so far:
The incident took place shortly after 10:00 a.m. on Friday May 1st. Officials have stated that a 75 by 100 foot section of the Watergate
parking structure collapsed. Roughly a third of the 100 vehicles in the
garage were damaged or destroyed.
- Two victims injured were construction workers. Nearly 250 construction
workers have been on site during the renovation project.
- Safety officials and engineers have been evaluating the incident and the
parking structure. Construction was halted while workers made efforts
to stabilize the structure. Investigations into the cause of the collapse
- The incident has led to multiple business closures, a lack of hot water
and other services for nearby residents, and several road closures.
The collapse, while burdensome for local residents and businesses, fortunately
did not injure as many victims or workers as it could potentially have.
While officials continue their investigations, the incident can help serve
as a reminder of the serious risks present on construction sites, especially
when they are in locations used or nearby the public.
Construction companies and workers are required by premises liability laws
to ensure that sites are safe - not only for workers, but also for nearby
businesses, residents, and any passerby. When they fail to make safety
a priority, the consequences can be tragic and far-reaching.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our legal team knows
that victims and families who suffer harm as a result of others' negligence
deserve the right to recover full compensation for their damages. If you
have questions about construction accidents, premises liability, or the
personal injury claim process, our legal team is available to provide
you answers during a