Two of three Georgia firms cited by the U.S. Dept. of Labor in a fatal pedestrian bridge collapse in Atlanta last December will contest the citations. Hardin Construction Co., Atlanta, Williams Erection Co., Smyrna, and Southeast Access, Kennesaw, were fined a total of $26,250 for the collapse of the 600-ft-long, 40-ft-tall bridge that was under construction at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. One worker died and 17 were injured as a result. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Hardin and Williams Erection were cited for inadequate formwork design, fabrication, erection, support and bracing.
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.