PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Following a deadly building collapse in Center City, Pat Gillespie, the head of the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council, told WPHT’s Dom Giordano that the unions alerted L&I about the building before it fell.
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“[The building] brought in this contractor…who’s non-union. I do know that a carpenter working across the street…had gone over and warned people, ‘Look, this isn’t going to work,’” Gillespie said, referring to the way the building demolition was being handled.
“On a number of occasions, from what I was told, they alerted L&I about it,” Gillespie added. “They also, from what I was told this morning, had an interview with police.”READ MORE: Winning Million Dollar Scratch-Off Ticket Sold In Schwenksville
Gillespie said that City Council needs to come up with some sort of remedy to prevent a similar event from occurring again.
“There [was] nothing holding that wall up, is what I’m getting at,” Gillespie added, echoing the concerns of others. “We need to get, A, some kind of rules that work, and B, have people take some sort of course of action to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”MORE NEWS: 17-Year-Old Student Shot, Killed Near Bartram High School In Southwest Philadelphia, Police Say