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    :: Tuesday, December 23, 2008 ::

    The Hazards of Deconstruction - Posted by Jon Coppelman, Workers Comp Insider
    Timing and Sequence
    In deconstruction, it's not just what you do, but when you do it. At the time the fire broke out, the building's sprinkler system had been dismantled. The fire exits had been sealed off (to facilitate asbestos abatement). A standpipe designed to carry water to the upper floors had also been dismantled. Finally, cheap, non-fire-retardant plywood had been used in deconstruction. None of these actions in themselves are criminal acts, but because they combined to create extraordinary hazards in the event of a fire, they resulted in grand jury indictments.
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