D.C. Residents Upset Over Construction After Partial Building Collapse

By Peter DePaolis

“Pop-up” houses are a hot new fad in home construction. An alternative to traditional methods, these pre-fabricated homes are assembled with non-toxic, recyclable, eco–friendly materials, and as a result, have very low energy consumption per square foot.

Many developers in D.C. are jumping on the “pop-up” bandwagon, using the trendy term to describe homes and condos being built in densely packed urban centers.

The trouble is, the name is all they use. Many construction companies make cash grabs with no regard for the consequences, applying the same old construction methods, but in a sloppier, more rushed manner. Accordingly, safety concerns are left by the wayside, with workers as well as neighbors being put at risk.

Last month, an old home was slated to be demolished to make room for a pop-up, but “something apparently went wrong,” according to D.C. fire officials. One of its walls fell over into a neighboring yard.

Luckily, no one was hurt, but with the District ignoring complaints and letting builders convert historic row houses into multi-tenant condominiums with no oversight, it is only matter of time before someone is seriously injured.

Another area resident found out about the pop-up next door only after early morning construction work jarred her awake. If this resident was not even notified about impending construction just a few feet from her home, how is it possible that the builders have performed legitimate safety inspections?

I Was Hurt in a Construction Accident, and I Need an Experienced Injury Attorney

When construction companies are allowed to ignore safety regulations and build whenever and wherever they see fit, it puts all of us at risk. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, contact our firm and let our attorneys answer any questions or concerns you may have. Our experienced injury attorneys can assist you in pursuing your construction accident lawsuit.

Did You Know? In the U.S., the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets and enforces standards concerning workplace safety and health.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys

Source: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/08/some-d-c-residents-even-more-upset-about-pop-up-homes-after-partial-building-collapse-106301.html

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.