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Collapse at college construction site kills at least 2 workers

A parking garage that was under construction at a college in another state collapsed with little warning on Oct. 10, killing at least two workers. A third construction worker was still missing as of the next day and rescue crews were searching for him, though they were not optimistic about finding him alive.

The men were part of a crew working on a new building that was meant to house classrooms, offices and a large parking ramp. The ramp portion of the new construction was five stories high before the collapse, which a witness compared to a "house of cards" falling down.

Two of the workers are confirmed to be dead. One man was rescued from the wreckage shortly after the construction accident, and another was discovered about 13 hours later. Both men were taken to the hospital, as were seven other workers. An eighth was treated at the scene and allowed to go home.

Another worker was still missing as of Oct. 11. Given the amount of time that has passed, rescuers did not expect to find him alive and a spokesman for the local fire department said that they were concentrating on recovery at this point.

The president and CEO of the contractor in charge of the garage construction project said that his company would conduct an internal investigation of the accident. Though an article about the collapse did not say so, it is likely that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration will also investigate, since the incident involved on-the-job fatalities and injuries. The company president said that he welcomed "any additional protocols, policies and procedures" to improve safety at his company's sites.

Source: Fox News, "Worker pulled alive from rubble of collapsed garage that killed 2 in Fla.; 1 still missing," Oct. 11, 2012

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