Devastating accidents can occur when buildings collapse due to faulty construction or natural events. Unfortunately, these accidents leave behind severely injured people and, often, fatalities. Several factors might cause a building to collapse. Here is a list of the most common errors that lead to these terrible accidents:
- Foundation flaws
- Unsuitable materials
- Human mistakes
A common cause that leads to a building collapse is a weak foundation. One of the main factor considered when a new building is erected is money. Consequently, many buildings have a poor foundation which helped cut costs.
The quality of the materials used in the construction of a new building is essential; the cheapest materials often prove too weak to support the load of the building.
Other important factors that play a crucial role in the resistance of a building’s structure are soil solidity and the approximate weight of the building. If the load of the building exceeds its strength, the risk of collapse increases. More precisely, the more stories are added to a building that was not designed to support the heavy load, the more the risk of collapse increases. Moreover, to avoid accidents, the load of the building requires proper testing at different stages of the construction.
Finally, human mistakes can often lead to devastating consequences that sometimes go as far as seeing an entire building collapse. These mistakes can be caused by lack of experience, improper or incomplete training or the employer’s desire to reduce expenses.
Many dangerous situations can be avoided if the building is thoroughly designed, quality materials are used in the construction and the people involved in the building process have the proper qualification and receive the necessary training.
If you or someone you know has been injured during a building collapse, there are high chances of recovering financial compensation for the damages incurred due to the accident. Contact us right away. At O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm, we have wide experience in a variety of cases stemming from construction accidents and we are always ready to start investigating a new case.