Friday, February 5, 2016

City Council plans its own investigation of building collapse

Council President Darrell Clarke announces a wide-ranging probe of issues involved in last week's deadly demolition accident.

City Council plans its own investigation of building collapse


City Council is setting up its own investigation of the building collapse that killed six people last week at 22nd and Market streets.

Council President Darrell Clarke scheduled a noon press conference Monday to announce the probe, to be conducted by a “special investigative committee.”

The panel “will be tasked with a broad review of city procedures and regulations in the areas of licenses and permits, community development, construction and demolition, building maintenance and safety, and certification of workers,” according to Clarke’s press release.

The accident is already under investigation by the Nutter administration, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Philadelphia district attorney's office and private attorneys lining up lawsuits against the parties involved.

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