Two workers were injured while performing a demolition job on a very dangerous building in the city of Philadelphia. The job was being done in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood around 10:30 AM during the initial clean up phase after the actual demolition of a row home, located at 3026 Diamond Street, according to the head of the Emergency Services Division of the Department of Licenses and Inspections, Scott Mulderig.

The workers that were injured were members of the Gama Wrecking Crew, which is an approved contractor with the city of Philadelphia. According to Gama, the demolition had been proceeding according to plan when some of the brownstone facings and bricks from the property adjacent to the demolition job fell on the workers while they were taking a break.

According to the Philadelphia firefighters who responded to the incident, one of the workers was hit on the head by the falling debris, and the other was hit on the neck, shoulder, and leg. The injuries, however, were not life threatening, and the two workers were taken to Hahnemann Hospital to be treated for their injuries. According to Rebecca Swanson with the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections, both workers were wearing appropriate safety gear, including helmets, at the time of the accident.

The building that fell was owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority, according to city records. It had partially collapsed a few weeks prior and was currently being torn down as part of an initiative by the city of Philadelphia to get rid of around 500 imminently dangerous buildings as quickly as possible. Evidently, contractors with the city that have been pre qualified and vetted are not required to submit engineering surveys prior to performing demolitions, although Mulderig insists that the demolition that day was done according to standard procedure.

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Building-Collapse-Strawberry-Mansion-257160141.html

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