ABC-honored firm was contractor in fatal Florida bridge collapse

The right-wing, anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors every year gives out what the ABC calls its “Excellence in Construction Awards.”

One of last year’s winners was Munilla Construction Management out of Miami, Fla.

On Thursday, one of MCM’s projects, a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University in Miami, collapsed over traffic below.

Six people were killed.

“Each year, ABC National provides the opportunity to contractor members to compete for honors in the construction industry’s premier annual awards program, recognizing the outstanding merit shop projects of the year,” the organization says on its website.

MCM received one of the estimated 100 awards given out by the ABC last year for its job on the new, $25 million Homestead, Fla., city hall.

The firm, however, was the subject of a lawsuit filed just this month in Fort Lauderdale when a Transportation Security Administration worker was injured walking over an MCM-built bridge at the local airport when it collapsed under his weight, according to the Associated Press.

MCM also got hit with a separate $143,000 judgment on another Miami-Dade bridge collapse, the AP said.  

The AP also reported that MCM has been fined more than $50,000 for 11 OSHA violations over the past five years.

According to reports, MCM and its partner in the FIU project, Figg Bridge Engineers, installed the 174-foot span in a single day under the Accelerated Bridge Construction method.   

LInks: 

ABC's "27th Annual Excellence in Construction" Awards:  https://www.abc.org/Portals/1/Documents/EIC%20Winners%202016.pdf

SF Chronicle Associatec Press story: https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/education/article/Fallen-bridge-As-victims-are-found-officials-12757639.php

 

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