OSHA won't investigate parking deck collapse

Atlanta Fire unsure who will

On June 29, a portion of four floors of the Centergy garage at Fifth and Springs streets collapsed. Atlanta firefighters spent six days searching the rubble and removing crumpled cars. No injuries were reported.

Throughout the search, Atlanta Fire said the cause of the collapse would be determined by OSHA.

On Tuesday, OSHA said it will not conduct an investigation.

"OSHA's mission is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by preventing injuries, illnesses and fatalities," said Michael Wald, a spokesman for OSHA in Atlanta. "OSHA's regulations apply only to the employer-employee relationship and not to employer activities that can affect the general public."

OSHA crews were on scene at the collapsed garage while 300 emergency workers from throughout Georgia searched the garage. OSHA was there to ensure the recovery was done safely, Wald said.

A spokesman for Atlanta Fire said Tuesday that firefighters will not conduct an investigation and did not know who would determine the cause of the collapse.

Initial reports indicated a spandrel beam, an exterior beam that marks the floor level between stories, may have popped out.

As of Tuesday, the garage remained closed to the public and security guards surrounded it. At least two dozen damaged cars removed from the rubble remained unclaimed at a parking lot at Eighth and Spring streets.

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