One worker was killed and at least 18 others were injured last week when a walkway being built to give visitors breathtaking views of the Atlanta Botanical Garden suddenly collapsed. It sent workers plummeting dozens of feet to the forest below. Contractors were pouring concrete on the “canopy walk,” which climbed as high as 40 feet, when it gave way.
According to this article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the injured workers were on top of the bridge when it collapsed. Although a nearby park was filled with joggers and others, only laborers were at the scene when the bridge gave way.
According to the article, workers were doing concrete work at the time, but authorities had few details of what caused the collapse. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said four federal investigators were looking into it.
The garden’s Web site describes the skyway as the “only canopy level pathway of its kind in the U.S.” Rising to four stories high, it was to be supported by a system of cable wires in the 30-acre garden.
Many of the injured workers suffered injuries to their spines, backs and arms. Some were “potentially debilitating.”
A hospital spokeswoman said seven were sent to intensive care, most with brain and spinal injuries.
The building was led by Hardin Construction Co.