Scaffold Company Blamed for San Diego Collapse That Killed 1

February 26, 2009

California investigators have concluded that a scaffolding company was to blame for the collapse of a walkway cover in San Diego that killed one man and injured at least 14 people in 2008.

The California Division of Occupational Safety fined Paramount Scaffold Inc. $10,120 and said in a report that the company had created a hazard and violated two regulations when workers stacked wood planks and metal frames against a pedestrian canopy.

The 200-foot-long walkway cover collapsed on Aug. 28, 2008, on the edge of downtown near Petco Park. A 49-year-old man died Feb. 12 of injuries suffered in the collapse.

Many of the injured were homeless people from the as the St. Vincent de Paul shelter across the street.

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