Work to Resume at Site of Fatal Building Collapse in Downtown Cincinnati

Stabilization, cleanup and other work will begin again today at downtown's Fourth and Race project.

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Work is resuming today at downtown's Fourth and Race project a week after a partial collapse at the construction site killed one worker and injured four others.

The Nov. 25 incident killed 58-year-old Preston Todd Delph, who worked at the site for Gateway Concrete Forming. It took crews 30 hours of searching through the rubble from the collapse of the top level of the project to find his remains.

The cause of the partial collapse has yet to be determined. 

The Cincinnati Department of Building and Inspections has authorized the scope of the work to be performed, which will include stabilization efforts, cleanup and removal of areas damaged by the collapse and the pouring of four columns to support the eighth level of the building. Further work will require approval from the city. The area affected by the collapse will be barricaded off.

Third-party structural engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti evaluated the structure for stability and found that the first five levels are stable, along with parts of levels six and seven that were not damaged by the collapse. 

Federal investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have visited the site and are working to determine whether the collapse needs further scrutiny related to any possible violations of worker safety regulations. 

Turner Construction is the general contractor on the 14-story, $116 million tower by Flaherty and Collins and the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation. The project will include 264 apartments, 23,000 feet of retail space and a 584-space parking garage when completed. 

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