Divided We Fall

by Lawrence W. Gubbe, (M.ASCE), Pres.; Project Engineering Management, Inc. Richfield, MN,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1995, Vol. 65, Issue 11, Pg. 64-66


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: This article examines the aftermath of a falsework failure during the construction of a Mississippi River bridge in Minnesota. The author reviews the legal issues that arose from the collapse, which resulted in one death, and goes on to describe the detailed forensic examination of the design problems that led to the collapse. The author concludes that dividing design responsibilities and a weak design review caused the collapse.

Subject Headings: Bridges | Construction | Construction management | Design | Failure investigations | Failures | Temporary structures

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